You may remember back in 2017 that a little film called It came out in theaters. While some critics (ok, only me) thought it was a Stranger Things knockoff that was impressive in scope but failed to deliver on actual scares, audiences disagreed. It became the highest grossing R-rated movie of all time, grossing a whopping $700 million on a $35 million budget. And while I had misgivings and doubts about the inevitable sequel (the book itself is like a thousand f*cking pages long), I’ve gotta say, I’m really impressed by the Comic Con trailer that dropped today.
It’s been 27 years since Pennywise the Dancing Clown (Bill Skarsgård was defeated by The Losers Club. The gang has now gone their separate ways, desperate to escape an evil town that allowed a murderous demonic creature to devour their children. Only Mike (Isaiah Mustafa/Chosen Jacobs) remains in Derry, determined to keep track of the evil. However, when kids start disappearing once again, and a creepy clown starts appearing around town, it’s up to this gang of childhood friends to return to their hometown and defeat It once and for all, including Bill (James McAvoy/Jaeden Martell), Beverly (Jessica Chastain/Sophia Lillis), Ben (Jay Ryan/Jeremy Ray Taylor), Eddie (James Ransone/Jack Dylan Grazer), Stan (Andy Bean/Wyatt Olef), and of course, Richie (Bill Hader/Finn Wolfhard).
I was not that impressed with the CinemaCon trailer from earlier this year. It seemed to be ridiculously bad jump scares and nonexistent tension, which is a lot of what the first film reminded me of. However, something about this trailer really resonated with me. Maybe it’s the clever Shining reference they threw in during the sewer scene. Maybe it’s the fact that that Hall of Mirrors sequence is properly creepy, and should have a big impact in the theater. I can tell you what it’s not – more scenes of Bill’s little brother in a raincoat shouting at him in a basement. It didn’t work the first time, it’s not going to work this time. That being said, the cast alone is enough to draw me in opening weekend – I can’t believe how smart all the adult castings of this talented group of kids turned out to be, from James McAvoy to Jessica Chastain to especially Bill Hader as Richie. Maybe I’ll be properly thrilled this time around, and be able to get in on the fun. It’s been a great year for horror, so that may be a challenge, but you never know! It: Chapter Two comes out September 6th, and you can watch the full trailer below.