Although It is a much better adaptation than The Dark Tower could ever hope to be, it does share one similarity with that film, in that it’s chock full of Easter eggs and nods to other Stephen King works and other films as a whole. If you only happened to managed one viewing so far, we’ve got your back. Here are 15 hidden details you may have missed while watching Chapter One.
This post dives into spoilers for both the new It movie and Stephen King’s original novel, so if you don’t want to know anything about the plot for It Chapter Two, you should probably stop here.
15. The Turtle
Those who are familiar with King’s book no doubt recognized the significance of this right away, but the numerous references to turtles probably flew over the heads of most viewers. Ben Hanscom’s spotting of a turtle during the Losers’ swim in the quarry or Bill picking up (and dropping) turtle made out of Lego pieces may not seem very important, but both of these moments are references to the deep lore found in King’s novel.
Specifically, the Turtle is an ancient mythical being who is actually an adversary of the creature It. In the book, the Turtle helps the Losers defeat It, but it all gets a little esoteric and metaphysical, so it’s understandable why director Andy Muschietti decided to downplay the Turtle’s role in the film (though it’s possible that the Turtle will still show up in Chapter II).