The iconic sewer grate scene in IT is terrifying in every incarnation. This year's IT remake was no different, featuring yet another Georgie being tragically devoured by Pennywise the Straight-Messed-Up Clown. But director Andrés Muschietti had our best interests in mind when he released the DVD and Blu-Ray copies of the movie. Knowing some people might prefer a less scary story with no blood and violence, the discs contain an alternate version of the opening scene that takes a pretty different direction:
In this much more pleasant version of events, Pennywise offers Georgie his paper boat, Georgie takes it, and goes on his way. Pennywise looks into the camera and mumbles "oh s***." The filmmakers obviously intended this scene as a joke, and, honestly, they nailed it.
With this change, the movie would have been very different...
If only filming the whole movie could have been this pleasant! Bill Skarsgård, who played Pennywise, commented on what it was like getting into character around kids:
I wasn’t very friendly or goofy. I tried to maintain some sort of weirdness about the character, at least when I was in all the make-up. At one point, they set up this entire scene, and these kids come in, and none of them have seen me yet. Their parents have brought them in, these little extras, right? And then I come out as Pennywise, and these kids — young, normal kids — I saw the reaction that they had. Some of them were really intrigued, but some couldn’t look at me, and some were shaking. This one kid started crying.
So spread the word: if IT was too scary for you, there's a much more pleasant (albeit shorter) version for everyone to enjoy on the DVD!