Amidst the bustling events in the 2019 Comic-Con: San Diego, Warner Bros., and New Line Cinema had their bubble with the adjacent “ScareDiego,” where they revealed the latest trailer for their upcoming horror film, It: Chapter 2.
The majority of the first trailer released last May offered a glimpse between the interaction of Beverly, played by Jessica Chastain — as she returns to her old home in Derry, Maine with the seemingly adorable Mrs. Kersh. That is until she says that “no one who dies here really dies” and turns into a monster in the dark.
The new trailer, however, ramps up the pace, intensity, and reveals. Featuring different scenarios, more characters, and dialogues that will surely help shape our imagination on what’s to come for It: Chapter 2 in September.
The latest installment to the horror franchise sees the Loser Club return to their creepy old home town of Derry, Maine precisely 27 years after their first gruesome encounter with the shape-shifting monster who often took the form of the evil clown, Mr. Pennywise (played by Bill Skarsgård).
Recalling the events from the first movie, It, in the end, the seven middle school children made a blood oath to return to their creepy hometown in 27 years to see if the demonic force known as Pennywise had risen from the depths of the sewers to terrorize a new generation of kids.
As the movie’s logline goes: “Because every 27 years evil revisits the town of Derry, Maine, It Chapter Two brings the characters—who’ve long since gone their separate ways—back together as adults, nearly three decades after the events of the first film.”
One thing is for sure: Mr. Pennywise is back, and he is back with a vengeance, as he was seemingly waiting for the Loser Club’s return. However, there’s something wrong with the original band of misfits who fought Mr. Pennywise: they don’t remember the traumatic events of their childhood — the summer of 1989 — where they spent it in the sewers fighting for their lives.
“Something happens to you when you leave this town,” adult Mike Hanlon, now played by Isaiah Mustafa, says. “The farther away, the hazier it all gets. But for me, I never left. I remember all of it.”
The upcoming movie will feature the adult versions of the original seven kids. Now, there’s James McAvoy/Jaeden Lieberher as Bill, Jessica Chastain/Sophia Lillis as Beverly, Jay Ryan/Jeremy Ray Taylor as Ben, Isaiah Mustafa/Chosen Jacobs as Mike, James Ransone/Jack Dylan Glazer as Eddie, Andy Bean/Wyatt Oleff as Stanley, and Bill Hader/Finn Wolfhard as Richie.
The first It was a coming-of-age story about the power of friendship, but according to director Andy Muschietti, the second chapter is a lot darker as it explored the halls of “trauma” for the then-kids who experienced and lived Mr. Pennywise’s demise.
“We’ll discover things we didn’t know about the Losers that started that summer in 1989,” he said at New Line Cinema’s third annual ScareDiego presentation.
For Bill, who still feels a lot of guilt over his little brother Georgie’s death, that means reckoning with his “survivor’s trauma,” McAvoy said at the presentation. And for Beverly, she will have to confront the years of abuse she experienced as a child.
Based on the trailer, It: Chapter 2 will likely follow the formula from It—which made it into the record-breaking horror movie success that it is today. As we recall, It was a slow menace where Pennywise terrorized each of the kids in turn before climaxing into trapping them inside a creepy house as a group.
In the latest trailer, we get to see glimpses of that same pattern happen to each of the characters, but with the darker twist of involving their unresolved trauma as seen with McAvoy’s role in a window glass room with his little brother.
According to actress Jessica Chastain and director Andy Muschietti, who both spoke at “ScareDiego,” the horror sequel may set a record in the end for the most on-screen blood used in a single film. Over 4,500 gallons of fake blood were used during one particular scene, most of it on Chastain. She even said that she encouraged Muschietti to use more. “Let’s make Carrie on steroids,” she said.
Stephen King’s original It novel took place in 1957 and 1985, while the miniseries took place in 1960 and 1990. Chapter Two takes place 27 years after the events of the first chapter, which took place in 1989.