A terrifying Pennywise clown lookalike in Mississippi is striking fear into the hearts of thousands – at the ripe old age of three.
Toddler Louie Tilghman has brought terror to his town with his tribute to the new horrifying new big-screen version of Stephen King’s It, which is so uncannily similar to the adult original, it has quickly earned him social media stardom.
The brain behind the chilling look was his older brother Eagan, 17, who has a knack for drawing and painting, as well as designing creepy costumes.
Miniwise: Louie Tilghman, three, was transformed into a miniature version of Stephen King’s It clown Pennywise in an impressive and chilling costume created by his brother Eagan, 17, who was inspired by heroes and villains, in Mississippi
The terrifying three’s: Louie became unrecognizable thanks to fire-orange hair spray, white face makeup, black and red stained lips, a dark smudged nose, and two vertical stripes that ran from his forehead down to his mouth
Double take: The photoshoot even took Louie into water in a shot that displays his body submerged, save for a menacing face
He covered his little brother in white face makeup to create the horrifying look and drew two long dark stripes starting at the forehead and going through the eyes to connect at the mouth, which was covered in dark lipstick. Louie’s lips were then overlined in black and red rouge and his nose covered with dark red makeup for a haunting Rudolph glow.
Eagan tousled the tot’s hair to stick up, in a style not too far from that of a mad scientist, and dusted the toddler’s locks with orange hair spray to create a clownish color.
Louie wore an all white ensemble with a thick neck scarf and held onto blood-red balloons.
If the outfit wasn’t enough to give goosebumps, the subsequent clown photoshoot that displayed Louie staring menacingly downwards on an abandoned train track and in a solitary forest, was more than enough to make the spine tingle.
One shot even showed the little one nearly submerged in murky water, with just his eyes and nose peeking above the ripples in a heart-stopping display.
Say cheese: Although the costume was uncannily similar to Hollywood’s evil clown, the tot’s adorable smile shone through
Petrifying Pennywise: Eagan’s costume looks uncannily similar to Stephen King’s It (above), which hits theaters September 8
But in some photos the little one couldn’t help but come off as sweet when his creepy smile revealed the adorable youngster underneath.
Eagan shared that this isn’t his first crazy costume. The teen, whose social media is filled with art and memorabilia of super heroes and villains, was actually inspired by a Joker costume he created for another sibling.
‘It all started because my other brother, Hosea, who is four, wanted me to paint his face like the Joker. I did and we just had the idea to dress Louie up and take a few pictures,’ he said to Mashable.
The teenager started a social media fire for his artistic costumes. Louie’s photos have racked up a whopping 4,200 likes and over 1,000 shares on Facebook and have even caught the attention of It Director Andy Muschietti in an Instagram repost of Eagan’s Pennywise costume.
Hidden horror: The photoshoot took Louie to solitary woods, abandoned train tracks, and behind colorful balloons (above)
Teenage artist: Eagan’s social media is filled with his sketches (above), costumes and paintings of super heroes and villains
Why so serious? The idea for the It costume came from a Joker design that Eagan made for his other little brother Hosea, four
On his Facebook, Eagan also shared his artistic process and backstory to achieving the clown look.
‘It’s very rare for me to be able to put my artistic vision out there and it be portrayed correctly. My pictures never really look like I want them to,’ the artist wrote.
‘Don’t get me wrong, I love creepy clowns but my mind isn’t just scary clowns and unsettling images. But the creativity in my head almost feels like it flows off of my fingertips. You can see an image and feel things with it, and I’m proud to say these are perfect, therefore they’re a perfect little glimpse into how I see the world,’ he added.
Eagan hopes the social media buzz will land him and his little brother a spot on the Ellen Degeneres Show to share his art with the world.