“He thrusts his fist against the posts and still insists he sees the ghosts.” – Bill
This isn’t just a tongue twister that helps Bill, the protagonist of IT, it’s a phrase that encapsulates the Loser’s Club struggle against something that they can’t see or touch. Lets talk about these intangible things, these abstracts. The children in IT are in a war against fear incarnate: Pennywise, A killer clown—from outer space maybe—that mutates to form fit children’s fears. IT feasts on those who fail to survive their fear, and like any fear, it gets stronger the more it’s fed. It represents many fears, but if it were reduced to one, it would be the death instinct that drives all fears: The big old fear of kicking the bucket.
I’m getting Freudian for a reason. Regardless of whether you dig Frued’s take on the psyche, I think his theory that lust and our fear of death—eros and thanatos—are the primary instincts in all of us fits nicely into the yin and yang of this film. It’s also reflected in the colour scale of the film: The characters in the film are always clad the primaries of Red, Yellow and Blue.