Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility
New 'It' Film Portrays Painful True Chapter of LGBT History
gvw_ap_news
By Associated Press
Published 5 years ago on
September 4, 2019

Share

BANGOR, Maine — Moviegoers from Maine who watch the film “It: Chapter Two” this weekend might recognize a scene that draws on a painful event from the state’s history.

“At the time I started writing ‘It,’ the Howard murder had just happened. It was fresh in my mind and fitted my idea of Derry as a place where terrible things happened. And, maybe needless to say, I was outraged. It was a hate crime.” — Stephen King
The scene involves a gay character named Adrian Mellon being attacked by teenagers and his subsequent encounter with Pennywise the Clown. The scene is based on real-life Bangor resident Charlie Howard, who was attacked and thrown off the city’s State Street Bridge in 1984.
Stephen King tells the Bangor Daily News that the killing still had currency when he was writing the book on which the movie is based.
“At the time I started writing ‘It,’ the Howard murder had just happened. It was fresh in my mind and fitted my idea of Derry as a place where terrible things happened,” King said. “And, maybe needless to say, I was outraged. It was a hate crime.”

The 30th Anniversary of Howard’s Killing

In the book, Mellon, like Howard, is in his 20s and was walking home with a male friend when he encountered homophobic teenagers. The scenes play out in a similar fashion, except the book and movie feature an appearance by the garish clown who lives in the sewer.
The scene is not included in the 1990 TV miniseries, but that changes with “It: Chapter Two,” with the character of Mellon being portrayed by Xavier Dolan.
King said in 2014 on the 30th anniversary of Howard’s killing that the Bangor community doesn’t bear responsibility for the crime.
“But it’s our town. We live here,” he said. “Which means we have to live with Charlie, and continue trying to make it right.”

DON'T MISS

A Fresno Edition of Monopoly? That’s Capitalism at Work, Baby!

DON'T MISS

California Officials Sue Huntington Beach Over Voter ID Law Passed at Polls

DON'T MISS

Indiana Fever Receives No. 1 Overall Draft Pick Caitlin Clark

DON'T MISS

Which Fresno Restaurants Are Best? The Pros Picked These Places.

DON'T MISS

Trump’s Historic Hush-Money Trial Gets Underway; 1st Day Ends Without Any Jurors Being Picked

DON'T MISS

Fresno-Madera United Way Launches National Search for New CEO

DON'T MISS

Justice Thomas Misses Supreme Court Session Monday With No Explanation

DON'T MISS

‘Civil War’ Declares Victory at the Box Office, Toppling ‘Godzilla X Kong’

DON'T MISS

Why Tortillas Sold in California May Be Forced to Add a New Ingredient

DON'T MISS

Costco Tries Again at City Council for Big NW Fresno Move

UP NEXT

Are Americans Feeling Like They Get Enough Sleep? Dream On, a New Gallup Poll Says

UP NEXT

Teacher Appreciation Week Surprises That Educators Will Love

UP NEXT

Reacher Star Alan Ritchson Calls Donald Trump a ‘Rapist’

UP NEXT

Fresno Monopoly is Coming. You Have a Chance to Make It Your Own.

UP NEXT

New Version of Scrabble Aims to Make the Word-Building Game ‘Inclusive’

UP NEXT

College Students Are Flocking to the Marriage Pact, Mostly for Fun, but Some Find Lasting Love

UP NEXT

Legendary Comedians Seinfeld and Carolla Lead Fresno Entertainment Lineup

UP NEXT

Beyoncé Becomes First Black Woman to Hit No. 1 on Billboard Country Albums Chart

UP NEXT

Morgan Wallen Arrested After Police Say He Threw a Chair Off Roof of a 6-Story Bar

UP NEXT

A Wood Pellet Grill Craze Is Sweeping the Country

Which Fresno Restaurants Are Best? The Pros Picked These Places.

2 hours ago

Trump’s Historic Hush-Money Trial Gets Underway; 1st Day Ends Without Any Jurors Being Picked

3 hours ago

Fresno-Madera United Way Launches National Search for New CEO

Local /

4 hours ago

Justice Thomas Misses Supreme Court Session Monday With No Explanation

4 hours ago

‘Civil War’ Declares Victory at the Box Office, Toppling ‘Godzilla X Kong’

4 hours ago

Why Tortillas Sold in California May Be Forced to Add a New Ingredient

5 hours ago

Costco Tries Again at City Council for Big NW Fresno Move

6 hours ago

Scheffler Turns the Masters Into Another Sunday Yawner With a Dominating Win

6 hours ago

Ethiopia’s Lemma Wins, Fresno’s Albertson 7th in Boston Marathon. Kenya’s Obiri Retains Women Title.

6 hours ago

Vegas, US Tour and More Signings: Wrexham Has Plenty of Fun and Work Ahead After Latest Promotion

6 hours ago

A Fresno Edition of Monopoly? That’s Capitalism at Work, Baby!

Alright, cats and kittens, straphang onto your beanies because I’m about to lay a news flash on you that’s so whimsically wild it coul...

1 hour ago

Fresno Monopoly Edition
1 hour ago

A Fresno Edition of Monopoly? That’s Capitalism at Work, Baby!

1 hour ago

California Officials Sue Huntington Beach Over Voter ID Law Passed at Polls

1 hour ago

Indiana Fever Receives No. 1 Overall Draft Pick Caitlin Clark

2 hours ago

Which Fresno Restaurants Are Best? The Pros Picked These Places.

3 hours ago

Trump’s Historic Hush-Money Trial Gets Underway; 1st Day Ends Without Any Jurors Being Picked

Local /
4 hours ago

Fresno-Madera United Way Launches National Search for New CEO

4 hours ago

Justice Thomas Misses Supreme Court Session Monday With No Explanation

4 hours ago

‘Civil War’ Declares Victory at the Box Office, Toppling ‘Godzilla X Kong’

MENU

CONNECT WITH US

Search

Send this to a friend