One of the year’s biggest scary movies, It Chapter 2, comes out in September. The new It Chapter 2 trailer will arrive July 18 (the teaser embedded here is from May), but in the meantime New Line presented the movie’s director and cast to an eager audience at the studio’s third Scarediego event during San Diego Comic-Con 2019.
The panel included a sneak peek at the new trailer before its release online. The trailer delivers plenty of scares, and more importantly, it frequently juxtaposes the young versions of the characters from It Chapter 1 with their old versions in Chapter 2. The original adaptation of It included both halves of the story, and the decision to split the young and adult versions into two separate movies was controversial–though it appears to have paid off.
New Line also showed some Comic-Con exclusive footage, including the iconic scene in which the adult versions of the characters meet for the first time at the Chinese restaurant. The chemistry among the actors appears to work really well, and fans of the source material should recognize much of what happens in the scene–although there are some surprises as well. We won’t spoil them here, but the scene has some extra oomph that should surprise It book fans in addition to those who have only seen the adaptations.
In another Comic-Con exclusive clip, James McAvoy–who plays the adult Bill–follows a young kid, who he’s chasing for unknown reasons, into a funhouse, where the clown Pennywise (once again portrayed by Bill Skarsgård) skulks around in the background before confronting Bill and the child. This scene is glimpsed in the trailer that will debut in the morning–when Pennywise drags his inhumanly long tongue against the glass of the funhouse maze. In the longer version shown at Comic-Con, the clown bashes his face against the glass over and over while Bill attempts fruitlessly to rescue the kid. Pennywise eventually breaks through the glass, and the clip ended just as the creature’s rows of terrifying teeth emerged from his head.
Yet another exclusive clip directly showed off It Chapter 2’s John Carpenter influence. In a scene where the adult versions of the characters re-enter the house that sits above Pennywise’s lair, they encounter a familiar sight for anyone who’s seen Carpenter’s 1982 classic The Thing: a character’s disembodied head that sprouts spider-like legs. It’s gruesome enough that some members of the audience reacted in actual disgust, while Bill Hader’s character repeats the exact line from the similar scene in The Thing: “You’ve gotta be f***ing kidding.”
After the clip, Hader said he and director Andy Muschietti added the line on the spot during shooting “as, like, a total nerd shout-out” to the iconic Carpenter film.
The panel itself was hosted by comedian Conan O’Brien, who opened with some self-deprecating jokes that we won’t repeat here (at his request). O’Brien did share one fun tidbit about the film: shooting used around 4,500 gallons of blood, which the comedian said is a “world record,” though that claim remains unverified.
Jessica Chastain, who plays the adult version of Beverly Marsh, shared a story about a scene that probably accounts for at least a few of those gallons–one in which she gets completely drenched in blood.
“When [director Andy Muschietti] first talked to me about the scene, I thought it was really smart–brilliant–and I was excited by it,” the actress said. “But then he said, ‘The blood is going to come up to your collarbone–it’s not going to get on your face.'” That wasn’t good enough for Chastain, who thought they should go all the way with the scene.
“I was like, ‘Let’s make Carrie on steroids,'” she said, referring to the famous 1976 horror movie–another Stephen King adaptation–in which the titular character gets a bucket of pig’s blood dumped on her.
During the panel, the actors discussed working on the follow-up to the incredible successful It.
“I’m not good at acting scared, because when I’m actually scared, I smile,” Bill Hader, who plays the older version of Richie Tozier, admitted. “There’s a lot of emotion–it really is about childhood trauma, the movie, and all of us coming together. It wasn’t just this awesome scary movie, which it is, but it also has a beautiful story to it.”
The cast also shared stories about meeting their counterparts from the first movie. Andy Bean, who plays the older Stanley, said Wyatt Oleff expressed disappointment when they met–apparently, he had hoped to be played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Chastain said she used to watch horror movies as a young kid–seven or eight years old–with her mother. She would often hide under the covers, but would still hear the movies despite her best efforts. As an adutl, she’s more of a fan. “I find that in horror films, they really honor women, in that women defeat the monster at the end–usually the men die,” the actress laughed.
The panel wound down with a promise from Muschietti in response to a fan question: We’ll see events in It Chapter 2 from the characters’ childhoods that we didn’t see in the first movie–because, the director said, the characters don’t remember them. While there was one specific scene from the book missing in Chapter 1–the controversial sewer orgy scene–it’s doubtful, albeit possible, he was talking about that.
Either way, we’ll likely have to wait until It Chapter 2’s release on September 6, 2019 to find out.
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