Jessica Chastain has a really bad day in the spine-tingling first trailer for IT: Chapter 2. This sequel to the blockbusting 2017 Stephen King adaptation (currently the most successful horror film of all time) adapts the second half of the author's weighty tome, as the various Losers Club members, now adults, are drawn back to Derry, Maine.
The reason? Malevolent entity Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard) has snapped out of another 27 year slumber, and the Losers must confront their demons, both internal and external, in order to defeat him. Pennywise's insidious tactics are on full display in this trailer, which unusually occupies much of its running time with an extended sequence from the movie.
In it, we see Chastain's older Bev Marsh return to her childhood home, formerly occupied by her abusive father. There's something subtly off about the ostensibly sweet, tea-drinking old lady Mrs Kersh who hosts... but we won't spoil it. Suffice to say, fans of the book will get a real kick out of the reference to Pennywise's alter-ego Bob Gray, one of the many personalities that conceals his evil life force known as the 'deadlights'.
On the basis of this scene, returning director Andy Muschietti is deploying both the creepy understatement and explosive horror that made the first movie such a hit. We don't see much of the other Losers bar James McAvoy's older Bill Denbrough, who as their de facto leader must rally the team around for one final conflict.
Whereas King's novel interwove the stories of the kids and their adult counterparts throughout, the films largely play out on separate tracks, divided into the 1989 and 2016 storylines, respectively. However, IT: Chapter 2 will include flashbacks to the younger Losers members. This allows for the return of acclaimed cast members including Jaeden Lieberher (Bill), Sophia Lillis (Bev) and Finn Wolfhard (Richie, who's played as an adult by Bill Hader).
And amidst plenty of blood-soaked imagery, Pennywise himself steps out of the shadows, buck-toothed smile and deceptively lilting voice present and correct. Actor Skarsgard is promising an even more terrifying iteration in this movie, although how will Muschietti and screenwriter Gary Dauberman deal with the infamously loopy conclusion to King's novel? No spoilers, of course, but we're intrigued to see how it all pans out.
IT: Chapter 2 is released on 6th September. Tweet us your trailer reactions @Cineworld.