Regarding the 2017 IT movie - I was wondering if every kid in the movie sees the same thing haunting them. I understand it's their 'fear' but I'm not sure if it's one of the following:

  1. Every kid sees a different form of 'fear', i.e. some see the clown, the other one sees a distorted painting figure / rotten zombie /etc
  2. Every kid sees a different monster AND the clown
  3. Everything is shared (i.e. the clown changes form throughout the movie) and the kids see them all

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It, aka Pennywise, is an alien. It is also a shapeshifter, whose true form looks like a spider.

Pennywise normally appears as an evil clown holding a red balloon. But can shapeshift into other monstrous forms based on whom Pennywise is trying to terrify.

When It shapeshifts, every kid can see it. There are at least two scenes that I can recall from this movie:

  • Georgie without an arm: everyone can see it.
  • Woman with a distorted face biting on one of the kid: everyone can see it.
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    thanks! As my question to nthtung, the scene after the kids explore the sewage near the barren, where one of the bullies holding a spray with a lighter and is killed. The bully saw more than one aliens, which makes me think there are multiple of them aliens
    – Alex
    Sep 27, 2017 at 17:26
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    @Alex, there is only one IT. You can think of multiple "things" as a way to shapeshift. When Pennywise shapeshifts, IT produces multiple demonic presences.
    – Yu Zhang
    Sep 27, 2017 at 17:31
  • It isn't an alien in the conventional sense - it's from a different realm. A realm of existence that is outside of our universe. Think of It kind of like a 'god' or a trans-dimensional being. It is one thing, but it can manifest as many things. It's reach is also the entire town of Derry, but it can extend further (making the kids, as adults, forget). Sep 27, 2017 at 19:32

The story was told from different perspective but all included the "clown" vision. All the kids saw "IT" as a clown, and they also saw IT morphed into their feared thoughts. So it should be the option c) that you listed.

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    Awesome thanks! That means for e.g. Beverly sees a clown and her father's image, where Edward won't see Beverly's father but a clown and the rotten zombie? It all seems make sense except the one of the bullies that killed by the clown - he saw not 1 but numbers of rotten things - which leads to my suspect that there's more than just 1 clown
    – Alex
    Sep 27, 2017 at 17:09
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    Are you referring to the near end scene in the sewer when IT continuously tried to morph into different images ? I believe at that point all the kids learned that IT could shapeshift into their fears; thus at that very time they all saw IT in different shapes.
    – ttngx
    Sep 27, 2017 at 17:15
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    Referring to the scene after the kids explore the sewage near the barren, where one of the bullies holding a spray with a lighter and is killed. the bully saw more than 1...thing
    – Alex
    Sep 27, 2017 at 17:18
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    It's just the demoniac presence that "IT" created, and it doesn't mean there are more than one "IT". You can read this article to know more about the background of "IT" stephenking.wikia.com/wiki/It_(creature)
    – ttngx
    Sep 27, 2017 at 17:56
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    @Phlegon_of_Tralles so technically instead of feed off from the kid's 'creepy fear', IT can transform into a lion and feed off from 'instinct fear' which is kinda not limited to kids? I know i might go a little too far here
    – Alex
    Sep 27, 2017 at 19:57

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