IT Chapter 2 teaser and the hit or miss Stephen King film streak

The teaser trailer for IT: Chapter 2 is here with some scary looking imagery. More so than its kid based predecessor, the film seems to carry an even darker and more adult tone. Fitting that the Losers are all grown up now.

Check out the trailer:

The trailer focuses on Jessica Chastain’s grown Beverly returning to her childhood home. She is greeted by an old woman who is most certainly a transformation of Pennywise. She talks about her father who worked for the circus and we get a look at a human looking version of the Dancing Clown himself. This scene alone seems much more creepy. Despite being rated R, I found the first film to be only moderately scary in a “fearful in your seat” way. I was mostly worried about the kids and really just enjoyed the film itself. I think the kids maturing into adults allows the subject of fear and creepiness to mature as well.

We get quick glimpses of the cast. Namely, James McAvoy as a grown up Bill. He seems to have lost his studder and is still dealing with the loss of his baby brother. Bill Hader also slides in as adult Richie. Another cast member of note would be Isaiah Mustafa as Mike. If you are not familiar with his film and TV show work, maybe you’ll remember him as the “Look up, now back down” Old Spice guy on the horse.

The film looks like a proper fright and showcases some new tricks from Bill Skarsgård’s killer comedian. It should be an exciting wrap up to the Loser’s Club. This film won’t have the charming push of that 80’s style, kid-driven adventure. Hopefully that will be replaced with some compelling character moments and some unsettling clown shenanigans. Glad to see they brought back that weird noise from the first film’s trailer, as well.

Stephen King’s IT is not the only book of his to be popularizing itself with today’s culture. His stories have resurfaced as of late in many forms. However, the streak has been a real mixed bag when it comes to quality. The most recent being Pet Sematary starring Jason Clarke and John Lithgow. While it didn’t garner many positive reviews, it still made upwards of 24 million dollars in its opening weekend. That same flat response was given to Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey’s The Dark Tower. So, why keep pushing forward with the book adaptations if they’ve been missing steps?

Despite the hiccups, a lot of the King novels have been flourishing in series formats and streaming films. Netflix released its limited series 1922, based on the novel of the same name. The Thomas Jane led series was highly praised and wasn’t Netflix’s only foray into the King library. They also released the Netflix original movie Gerald’s Game. A seemingly low budget film with high appeal. The successes of these projects and the rich source material that is the mind of a coked-up, his words not mine, writer still continue. Hulu has also seen some of this success with its horror anthology series Castle Rock that is based on characters and settings from Stephen King novels.

Despite IT and the crazy amount of love and support for the film, King’s biggest film success is the 1980 Jack Nicholson thriller The Shining. Most horror movie tropes start right here in this psychological nightmare. However, even classics will not be left alone in this resurgence. A sequel to the film based on King’s novel Doctor Sleep is set to release in November of this year. The lead role is played by Ewan McGregor and is directed by Mike Flanagan (Gerald’s Game, The Haunting of Hill House). For horror fans, more horror means a higher chance of good horror. I guess you have to take the good with the bad.

What is your favorite Stephen King adaptation? Are you excited for IT: Chapter 2?

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