Creepy moment a man dressed as Pennywise tries to spook New Yorkers on the subway
- Video of the incident was posted on Instagram by Ryan B Taylor before getting picked up by a viral video page called Subway Creatures
- The footage shows Magician Alejandro Torres, 25, walking through a subway car dressed as Pennywise, the clown monster from the ‘It’ movie franchise
- New Yorkers on the train all but ignored Torres as he walked between them holding a red ballown and saying, ‘we all float down here’
- Torres said he spent all day Saturday wearing the outfit while filming a promotional video he’s releasing next week for his business
- He said he’d been on the train for roughly 15 minutes before the video was shot and that people who initially saw him on the train were frightened
Most New Yorkers don’t scare as easily as the children from the fictional town of Dairy, Maine. Pennywise – the clown monster from the ‘It’ movie franchise – found that out the hard way on Sunday.
That’s when a man dressed as the dreaded antagonist from ‘It Chapter Two,’ which hits theaters nationwide on September 6, was caught on video trying to frighten subway riders on the L train in New York City.
Magician Alejandro Torres, 25, has stepped forward and confessed to being the clown.
His portrayal was a dead ringer for actor Bill Skarsgard’s contemporary incarnation of the character – complete with flawless, white and red creepy clown makeup applied by his friend, Duane Joseph Olson, as well as big red hair, frilly classic clown costume and even a red balloon.
Video of a man dressed as Pennywise was shot in a New York subway train on Sunday
The footage shows the performer, identified as Magician Alejandro Torres walking through a subway car dressed as Pennywise while holding a red balloon
Pennywise is the clown monster that terrorizes and eats children in the fictional town of Dairy, Maine in ‘It’ the movie franchise and the classic Stephen King horror novel on which the films are based
The New York commuters in the video don’t seem to be phased by Pennywise
‘We all float down here,’ Torres is heard uttering as he waves at the subway train passengers during the clip.
Yet despite his best horrifying efforts, most of the commuters in the subway car didn’t bat an eye.
Instead, they did what New York commuters do best when weirdos approach them on the train – they ignored Torres completely and stared carelessly at their smartphones.
Torres said the action came after a long day of shooting his own promotional video dressed as It in Manhattan before jumping on the L train back to his home in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn.
Before and after shots of Magician Alejandro Torres dressed as Pennywise the clown from the horror movie ‘It’
Torres, seen here eating fire in a photo on his Facebook page, said the video was shot at least 15 minutes after he’d borded the trained and spooked several passengers who left the train car
A scene from ‘It Chapter Two,’ which is set to hit theaters on September 6
‘Immediately when I boarded people were terrified,’ Torres said, ‘but a good 10-15 minutes passed when that video was taken so at that point they’d already seen the shtick.’
One of Torres’ friends wanted to get a final shot of him performing as Pennywise during the commute home. Instagram user Ryan B. Taylor, who was also on the train at the time, started filming his own video of the portrayal,which he shared on his IG account before it was picked up by the viral video account Subway Creatures.
Since then the clip has been viewed millions of times after it was published by media outlets like Barstool Complex and the New York Post.
Some on IG weren’t surprised to see the sight that has given nightmares to scores of ‘It’ movie-goers dating back to the debut of the 1990s TV adaptation of the classic Stephen King novel leaving a New York subway audience virtually unfazed.
‘Most NYers sitting down give no f*cks’ Instagram user jeff_fitness wrote in the video’s comment section.
‘Clearly no one is threatened by Pennywise in New York,’ added Chef Terri Dien Perhaps New Yorkers are more used to seeing spooky weirdos in strange outfits than the average person.