Stephen King Thinks ‘It’ Influenced ‘American Horror Story’ — Is He Right?

by Jeremy Spirogis
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American Horror Story and Stephen King have each scared legions of followers — and King thinks he might have influenced American Horror Story. More particularly, he thinks Pennywise from It might have impressed a villain from American Horror Story. Interestingly, this villain managed to frighten a number of individuals who labored on the present.

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Stephen King on the affect of a terrifying villain

One of King’s hottest creations is Pennywise the Dancing Clown. King’s novel It, its variations, and widespread tradition have uncovered quite a few individuals to the character. Every killer clown character to debut after King’s novel It inevitably invitations comparability to Pennywise. King mentioned Pennywise has influenced different characters.

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“[Y]ou’ve seen Pennywise’s influence echo through the years,” King advised Yahoo! Entertainment. “On American Horror Story: Freak Show, there was a man dressed up as a clown, and that character owes rather a lot to Pennywise.”

King was referring to one of the vital well-known characters from American Horror Story: Freak Show: Twisty the Clown. Twisty covers his mutilated jaw with a grotesque masks. Like Pennywise, he’s a killer whose very look is frightful. However, there’s a serious distinction between Twisty and Pennywise. For instance, Pennywise is a creature from outer house whereas Twisty is solely human.

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Ryan Murphy defined what impressed Twisty the Clown from ‘American Horror Story’

So did Pennywise really encourage Twisty? Ryan Murphy, the creator of American Horror Story, mentioned the character was really impressed by a want to create the scariest clown character ever.

“We said in the writer’s room that if we were going to do clowns, we were going to create the most terrifying clown of all time,” Murphy advised BuzzFeed News. “That was our aim after we have been writing him, however I’m apprehensive about individuals being too afraid of our clown. It’s heart-stopping what he does. I’m apprehensive. I’m apprehensive that persons are going to have cardiac arrests… 

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The introduction of the character scared Murphy. In addition, among the present’s crew have been terrified of the character. These crew members weren’t afraid of clowns, nevertheless, they started having nightmares about Twisty.

The actor who performed Twisty weighs in

In addition, the actor who performed Twisty, John Carroll Lynch, advised Cosmopolitan Pennywise didn’t encourage his portrayal of Twisty. Moreover, he took no inspiration from serial killer clown John Wayne Gacy. In distinction, he noticed the character as merely coming from Murphy’s creativeness. In conclusion, King and Murphy every discovered their very own method to work the evil clown archetype into our nightmares.

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