If you’re reading this website, chances are very good that you’ve seen the 1990 miniseries adaptation of Stephen King’s classic novel IT, or are at least aware of its existence. To call Tim Curry’s performance as Pennywise the Clown iconic would be an understatement, with his work helping to nurture a life-long case of coulrophobia in quite a few viewers.
However, what many iHorror readers may not be aware of is the fact that India once created its own adaptation of IT, and the results are quite bizarre, at least when viewed through western sensibilities.
For example, here is India’s version of the scene where Pennywise lures in and kills Georgie (named Rohit here), albeit done from within a swimming pool instead of inside a sewer grate:
If you’re wondering why the effects and location look so cheap, it is because India’s adaptation of IT was not done as a feature film. Instead, India’s IT was a 52-episode(!) TV series entitled Woh. As one might imagine, the story was altered significantly during its translation between cultures, and was also added to greatly in order to fill the 52-episode length. One big change is that Pennywise’s Indian counterpart is called The Joker.
Still, many scenes were clearly based on scenes from the American miniseries, such as the following clip where the Indian equivalent of Ben Hanscom sees his dead father, who is of course The Joker in disguise:
Or this gender-swapped take on the Bev meets Mrs. Kersh scene:
At this point, many of you are probably wondering how you can watch the entire Woh series, and bask in the oddness of it all. Well, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is that all 52 episodes are available in full on Youtube. They’re even handily collected in a playlist here.
The bad news is that the episodes are presented in their original Hindi language, and no English subtitles are available. For anyone brave enough to try and follow along regardless, a rather detailed English-language written recap of the episode’s events can be found below each video. If you manage to make it through the whole series, The Joker may just give you a balloon.
Aubrey Plaza Wants to be the Next Tim Burton With ‘Hocus Pocus’ Like Film
Aubrey Plaza has long been a self-affirmed “sea hag”. Her dark personality and sense of humor has long been a favorite of ours. Now, with her production company, Evil Hag Productions, she intends to make a family-friendly film that is something like Tim Burton meets Hocus Pocus.
While talking to GQ, Plaza said that she would like to “…fill the Tim Burton slot” by putting together her first directorial effort. The family-friendly affair is said to be a mix of Beetlejuice and Hocus Pocus.
Plaza can currently be seen in Evil Hag Production’s Emily the Criminal and on HBO’s White Lotus season 2.
We can’t wait to see what Plaza has to offer in her directorial efforts. It would be great to see her built a brand and aesthetic as awesome as Burton’s.
M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Knock at the Cabin’ Finds Danger Right Outside
M. Night Shyamalan’s next film is already on its way. The ominous Knock at the Cabin is incredibly intriguing, especially since the first trailer gave away so little. The first poster for Knock at the Cabin is just as ominous as the teaser.
Shyamalan’s last film Old, played up the Twilight Zone like mystery and took it to Sci-Fi levels. Knock at the Cabin looks to trump that and move far into the horror/thriller genre.
The synopsis for Knock at the Cabin goes like this:
“While vacationing at a remote cabin, a young girl and her parents are taken hostage by four armed strangers who demand that the family make an unthinkable choice to avert the apocalypse. With limited access to the outside world, the family must decide what they believe before all is lost.”
Knock at the Cabin arrives in theaters beginning February 3.
‘Cocaine Bear’ Gives Us One of the Wildest Posters of the Year
Elizabeth Banks has decided to grace our eyeballs with one of the wildest titles, posters and film synopsis’ of the past decade. I’m of course talking about Cocaine Bear. This true story is one of those that you have to see to believe. But, the title is exactly what you think it is.
Kentucky 1985 was the time and place. A really unlucky bear ingested a lot of cocaine that was dropped in the woods by a smuggler. Unfortunately, the bear died from an overdose but not before going on a real rager beforehand.
Deadline’s synopsis for Cocaine Bear is as follows:
“The movie finds an oddball group of cops, criminals, tourists and teens converging in a Georgia forest where a 500- pound apex predator has ingested a staggering amount of cocaine and gone on a coke-fueled rampage for more blow … and blood.”
The film stars Keri Russell, Ray Liotta, Alden Ehrenreich, O’Shea Jackson and Jesse Tyler Ferguson.
Cocaine Bear comes raging into theaters February 24.