Get With IT, Part IV: The Widow of Stanley Uris Speaks
In a grizzly end to Part I of Stephen King’s IT, Stan Uris’ wife, Patti Uris, unknowingly stumbles upon the body of her husband (played by Richard Masur) deceased in their bathtub—evidently slain by his own hand after receiving the news from childhood friend, Mike Hanlon, that the monstrous entity known as IT had returned to their hometown of Derry and had begun killing yet again. Stricken with shock and grief, Patti drops the beer can and glass she had planned to surprise Stan with and unleashes a bloodcurdling scream as the camera pans to the tiled bathroom wall with the word “IT” smeared across it.
Pennywise can be heard laughing demonically in the background. Fade to black. Roll credits. And on to Part II.
It’s a scene from the film that haunted me as a kid—as did much of the film, frankly. So, I knew from the beginning of this oral history project that I wanted to find and talk with the Canadian actress who played Patti Uris, Caitlin Hicks, to learn a little about what shooting that scene was actually like. Less of a horror fan and more so a lover and writer of novels, Caitlin agreed to chat with me about both working on IT and some the differences she sees between film and stage acting.