Stephen King is the undisputed master of literary horror. Yet somehow, most of the films based on his work are terrifying for the wrong reasons; they flat-out suck. But something changed in 2017 after horror master Andy Muschietti took a stab at It, one of King’s most iconic books. It was a box office sensation that terrified audiences, impressed critics, and left moviegoers hungry for another installment. Well, be careful what you ask for because the new trailer for It: Chapter Two has arrived, and it ratchets the scare-factor all the way up.
The story in the novel It takes place in two timelines. It tells the story of a group of kids (aka the Losers Club) who join together to fight an evil force lurking beneath their town. At the same time, the book’s second narrative follows the Losers Club getting back together as adults to kill the evil being once and for all. The 2017 film only focused on the protagonists as youngsters, which means there is still half a novel’s worth of plot to burn through.
Audiences fell in love with It’s Amblin movie vibe. If Stranger Things taught us anything, it’s that audiences love watching a scary coming of age tale featuring a bunch of foul-mouth kids riding around on bikes. Watching Ben muster up the strength to talk to Beverly was as enjoyable as any of the movie’s scares. It will be fascinating to see whether audiences responded to the young cast’s chemistry, the macabre story, or the nerve-wracking scares. Based on this trailer, it appears Muschietti used every possible opportunity to shoehorn the kids into the second film.
It: Chapter Two synopsis:
Evil resurfaces in Derry as director Andy Muschietti reunites the Losers Club—young and adult—in a return to where it all began with “It Chapter Two.”
The film is Muschietti’s follow-up to 2017’s critically acclaimed and massive worldwide box office hit “IT,” which grossed over $700 million globally. Both redefining and transcending the genre, “IT” became part of the cultural zeitgeist as well as the highest-grossing horror film of all time.
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.
Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty,” “Mama”) stars as Beverly, James McAvoy (“Split,”) as Bill, Bill Hader (HBO’s “Barry,” “The Skeleton Twins”) as Richie, Isaiah Mustafa (TV’s “Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments”) as Mike, Jay Ryan (TV’s “Mary Kills People”) as Ben, James Ransone (HBO’s “The Wire”) as Eddie, and Andy Bean (“Allegiant,” Starz’ “Power”) as Stanley. Reprising their roles as the original members of the Losers Club are Jaeden Martell as Bill, Wyatt Oleff as Stanley, Jack Dylan Grazer as Eddie, Finn Wolfhard as Richie, Sophia Lillis as Beverly, Chosen Jacobs as Mike, and Jeremy Ray Taylor as Ben. Bill Skarsgård returns in the seminal role of Pennywise.