Tim Curry, nominee Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical for "Monty Python's Spamalot" (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage for Tony Awards Productions)
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Tim Curry Prefers Psychological Fear Rather Than Blood, Gore, And Make-Up
Stephen King’s “It” has frightened horror fans since the book’s release in 1986 and most recently with Andy Muschietti’s 2017 film adaptation and its sequel, making Pennywise a household name once again. One adaptation of the story is ABC’s 1990 two-part “It” TV miniseries that saw Tim Curry terrorizing the children of Derry, Maine, as the demented, shapeshifting clown.
In an interview with Fangoria at the time, Curry admitted he preferred psychological scares to the graphic violence that was starting to become more prevalent. The actor also revealed he wasn’t much of a horror fan, saying, “I mean, I’m fascinated by movie villains — I enjoyed Lon Chaney — but in some ways I think that horror movies have got a little too far away from the mind.”
He continued, “I personally think that what is the most horrifying is the moment of decision behind somebody’s eyes when they decide to kill somebody, rather than a pint of blood and a pound-and-a-half of latex.” This opinion is relatively common, especially for an actor of his caliber, making it ironic that Curry is most likely remembered for his roles in horror or horror-adjacent projects.