CREPITUS Vs. IT – Two Creepy Clown Films Approaching Release

April 16, 2017

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

Kelli Marchman McNeely is the owner of She is an Executive Producer of "13 Slays Till Christmas" which is out on Digital and DVD and now streaming on Tubi. She has several other films in the works. Kelli is an animal lover and a true horror addict since the age of 9 when she saw Friday the 13th. Email:

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From Ginger Knight Entertainment comes the dark film Crepitus, starring Bill Moseley as a terrifying, immortal, child eating clown. Haynze Whitmaore directs from the script penned by Eddie Renner and Sarah Renner.
Moseley, recognized from his roles in films like The Devil’s Rejects and House of 1000 Corpses, co-stars alongside Chalet Brannan, Eve Mauro, Lance Paul and Caitlin Williams
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In the film, seventeen year old Elizabeth and her younger sister Sam are thrust into circumstances more terrifying than life with their abusive, drunken mother when they are forced to move into their deceased Grandfather’s house. Frightened beyond belief, they are forced to learn horrible things about their family history. Never mind the ghosts in the house, there is something far worse that takes an interest in them… a cannibalistic clown named Crepitus.
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Shot entirely in Cheboygan, MI, Crepitus will hold its final shoot on April 18th and will face-off against Pennywise in the new version of Stephen King’s IT in October. In a recent interview with Eddie Renner we asked about the differences between Crepitus and Pennywise.

Horror Fuel: “Some are comparing Crepitus to Pennywise in IT. How would you respond and how would you describe the differences between the two characters?”
Eddie Renner: “Crepitus is still in preproduction, so naturally, not a lot of information about the film’s plot is available to the public. Right now, people are seeing that Bill Moseley is playing an immortal clown who eats children and that’s basically all the info they have. It’s natural for everyone to compare another clown-themed film to “IT.” There is a lot of media attention surrounding the theatrical adaption of Stephen King’s novel. It is in the forefront of their minds. I guarantee you, these are two distinctly different tales and characters.
The plot from films like King’s “IT,” Eli Roth’s “Clown” and Crepitus are not simply based around clowns eating children. Their stories are much more complex than that. It’s apples and oranges, for sure.
Clowns and their adolescent victims are a common theme in horror. However, theme and plot are two different things. You could perhaps argue that the theme is ripped off, but then, for example, you would have to also argue that there is only one true vampire/werewolf/zombie film and all the rest are rip-offs of the very first one released. It’s like saying King stole his plot for “IT” from the clown scenes in “Poltergeist.”
I assure you that the story of Crepitus is not in any way similar to “IT,” aside from the two clowns enjoying a similar diet. We hope you have an appetite to watch.”

While both films involve creepy clowns with the same diet, the two stories are very different, as is their stars. With Moseley being a genre veteran and having a knack for capturing the darkness of the captures he plays, I have no doubt that Crepitus will be dark and creepy. Don’t get me wrong, I am looking forward to seeing Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise too, but I believe that there is enough room in our nightmares for both characters.
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Crepitus will arrive this October, just in time for Halloween. IT opens in theaters nationwide on September 8, 2017.

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