Director Andy Muschietti's horror remake of Stephen King's clown movie “It” was a box-office smash in 2017. It even surpassed "The Exorcist" at the top spot to become the highest-grossing horror movie in box-office history, nabbing more than $327M domestically at the box-office.
I was part of the crowd that thought “It” was incredibly well-made, building up a lot of tension, most of which didn’t rely on Jump-Scares.Muschietti has a decent amount of subtlety, he knows you need atmosphere-building to truly make a horror movie work. Cheap-scares are a thing of the past, which plenty of horror filmmakers, sadly, still use. But, honestly, the Argentine-born Muschietti is so incredibly knowledgeable as a filmmaker that he purposely sidestepped cliches in by, quite meticulously, focusing on ingenious lighting, framing and timing.
Enter its inevitable sequel, which turned out to be greenlit only a few weeks after the film's September release. The focus of this aforementioned second chapter would be on the main kids, but all grown up some thirty years later, with Pennywise the clown still looming and torturing them in the creaky darkness. Muschietti wasn't shy in his insistence and then casting of Jessica Chastain to play grown-up Beverly, the redhead. A casting which elevated expectations for me with this sequel. I was like, fuck it, Chastain has been cast, I don’t care if the trailer sucks, I will be there.
Today’s released trailer of “It: Chapter Two"“
"It Chapter 2" will be adapted from King‘s horror novel, which was about a group of childhood friends, that once battled a supernatural clown, returning to their hometown as adults only learn that same evil still exists. If fans were praying for casting to be well thought-out for this much-anticipated sequel, then their wishes have surely been granted. Chastain was strongly pushed as a fan favorite to play Bev and both Hader and McAvoy are strong, resiliently talented actors that will no doubt bring a ton of charisma to their respective roles. Also, Muschietti and Chastain previously worked together on the horror film “Mama,” an underseen gem released earlier this decade. Bill Skarsgård will, of course, be back as the shape-shifting clown from hell, Pennywise.
“It: Chapter 2” opens on September 6, 2019.