Final It: Chapter 2 Trailer Breakdown -- Every Scare We Spotted At Comic-Con
Our reaction to the It Chapter 2 panel
It: Chapter 2's final trailer has arrived, providing a whole lot of new footage from the film and hinting at quite a few scares. Pennywise might have taken a nap for a few decades, but he's just as deadly as ever in the new trailer, and the Losers Club won't have an easy time defeating the demonic clown for good.
We've combed through this last crop of footage to see what hints we can glean about It Chapter 2, including which scenes it's adapting from the books, and which are new to the film. New Line's Scarediego panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 also provided some tidbits of information and context about a few of the scenes featured in the trailer. We also got a look at some exclusive clips from the movie that have not yet been released online, but we've provided descriptions of what we saw in the story above.
Also new for It is another poster; there's also a Mondo exclusive that was available only at Comic-Con.
Check out the photos below for everything you need to know about the final It: Chapter 2 trailer ahead of the movie's release on September 6.
The trailer starts with the adult version of Mike (Isaiah Mustafa) in Derry, talking to the Losers. In the book, once the kids leave the town, they start to lose their memories of the place and what happened there--all but Mike, who stayed behind in Derry to serve as a metaphorical "lighthouse keeper." He's intent on making sure that if Pennywise ever resurfaced, he would be ready to recall the Losers to deal with the killer clown once and for all.
Missing kids and unexplained murders and disappearances have always plagued Derry as part of Pennywise's influence. As they start to increase, Mike starts to fear the worst.
Mike's right: Pennywise is definitely back. One of the first scenes in the trailer is also one adapted directly from Stephen King's novel. In it, a gay man named Adrian Mellon is attacked by three homophobic teens in Derry and thrown into its canal, where Pennywise finds him. The murder is one of the events that Mike discovers to make him believe the clown has returned.
Summoned by Mike, the adult Losers do return, even though their memories are hazy. Their reunion takes place in a Derry Chinese restaurant called Jade of the Orient, and the scene was one of the exclusive clips shown to Comic-Con attendees. It's there that Mike brings the Losers up to speed on what's happening and reminds them of their oath to return and kill the clown, as their memories slowly return.
Next, the trailer gives a look at a scene at a Derry town fair, in which Bill (James McAvoy) pursues a kid through a funhouse. Of course, Pennywise is inside as well, and Bill knows the kid is in mortal danger.
New Line showed a fuller version of the clip during its Comic-Con panel, in which Bill catches up to the kid and can't reach him, with Pennywise just on the other side of the glass. This is a new scene for the movie and not one that's in the book, as Pennywise starts using his giant forehead to crash through the barrier.
We knew from casting that Teach Grant would play the adult version of Henry Bowers, confirming the Losers' psychopathic bully survived his plunge down the well in the Neibolt house in the first movie. The trailer shows what happened to him after he murdered his father--he's been locked up in a mental hospital. But that hasn't stopped a visit from Pennywise.
The adult Losers return to the Neibolt house, as we see in the trailer. That clip was also shown at Comic-Con, and included a fun and frightening callback to John Carpenter's The Thing, hiding in the house's old refrigerator.
The trailer also includes quite a few shots of events from when the Losers were young, including footage that wasn't in the first movie. During New Line's Scarediego panel at Comic-Con, director Andy Muschietti confirmed there are scenes featuring the kids in It Chapter 2 that weren't in the first film, expanding on parts of that story. They're in the new movie thanks to the memories that are returning to the adults that they'd lost after leaving Derry.
This shot calls up a moment directly adapted from the book, and you can probably guess that Pennywise's descriptions of what behind those doors can't exactly be trusted.
The book also sees the Losers return to the sewer system beneath Derry, where they discover a whole lot more than just old pipes and gross water.
Romantic tensions between Bill, Beverly, and Ben were a big part of the Losers' dynamic when they were kids, and those feelings are back with their return to Derry.
Though it's a quick shot, fans of the book will recognize the implications of this one--we won't spoil it, but it's another indication of Pennywise's power even beyond the borders of Derry.
Bill's guilt over the death of his brother Georgie is central to his character and a major trauma--and Pennywise will continue to exploit it in It Chapter 2. Here we see Georgie screaming at Bill, "You lied, and I died!"
All the Losers look like they'll be confronting their childhood traumas in the movie, and for Beverly, bullying at school was outpaced by her abusive father. We also see shots of Beverly covered in blood, and apparently, almost drowning in it. The Comic-Con panel noted some 4,500 gallons of blood was used to create the scene, and that actress Jessica Chastain had to be covered in gross, cold fake blood for just about every shot of the third act. This also looks to be a new moment that wasn't in the novel.
In the book, tangling with Pennywise goes into some (even more) supernatural territory as the Losers deal with the creature's cosmic nature. A few shots toward the end of the trailer suggest we'll see the more eldritch horror side of the killer clown as the Losers struggle against him.
Another strange shot, this one also seems to hint that the Losers will deal encounter the metaphysical side of Pennywise--a big part of the book.
Battling Pennywise is as much a psychological game as a physical one, which the Losers discovered in the first film. Their unity is what gives them strength, and they'll need to rebuild their friendship and conquer their fears to beat the clown once and for all.
Pennywise isn't going without a fight, though, and it's important to remember he has plenty of weird and frightening powers.
As the Losers discovered during their last venture underground, they're going to find more than just a spooky clown beneath Derry.
The trailer ends with a final shot of Pennywise actor Bill Skarsgård without the majority of his clown getup. The first movie and a few tidbits in the book hint at Pennywise's first arrival in Derry and his adoption of the clown persona in order to lure children to their demises--so this feels like it could be a hint at Pennywise's past, if not just another creepy take on the creature.