“It Chapter Two” brings viewers to familiar territory


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“It Chapter Two” opened early last month.

Lexi Nielsen and Sean Levonaitis

On Sept. 6 the highly anticipated sequel to It, America’s favorite horror movie, was finally released. Based on a story of the same name by Stephen King, IT Chapter Two, begins 27 years after the Loser’s Club defeated the evil clown Pennywise. When Pennywise returns to their home town of Derry, Maine, the Loser’s Club must also return and face their greatest fears in order to defeat Pennywise the clown once and for all.

This film features the actors from the first film including Finn Wolfhard and Jack Dylan Grazer, reprising their roles as the young members of the Loser’s Club, and others such as Bill Hader and Jessica Chastain, as the grown up Loser’s Club. The terrifying Pennywise the clown is played by Bill Skarsgard.

The first film in the It series shocked viewers as it not only frightened them, but it also pulls at their heartstrings. With main character Bill Denbrough, played by Jaeden Lieberher, mourning the loss of his little brother in It, viewers were very sympathetic towards the character. It Chapter Two once again sends the audience on an emotional rollercoaster with Bill, now grown up, reliving his past once again by trying to save little kids, and the Loser’s Club fighting for their lives against the menace Pennywise.

It Chapter Two had the second highest opening weekend at the box office for a horror movie, only preceded by the first film in the It series. Even though the film did so well at the box office, some viewers say it lacked the intense scares that the first film brought. Seeing Pennywise for the first time in It surprised the audience as they had not seen Pennywise brought to life since Tim Curry’s version of the monster in the 1990 adaptation of It. Seeing Pennywise only two years after the first film came out, viewers were not given that shock factor watching It Chapter Two, that they received when watching the first film.

Despite the film not being as scary as the first one, It Chapter Two provides plenty of humor and surprises that may not scare you, but you are guaranteed to be very entertained.