Stephen King's It Trailer

In the new trailer’s first “holy shit” moment, there’s a jump scare in which Pennywise grabs Bev by the throat in her bathroom. In the book, she hears him calling to her from the drain in her sink, and we’ve already seen in previous trailers that at one point blood gushes forth from those pipes and sprays up into the room. In the book version of this scene, only kids can see the blood; Bev’s parents look right at it and don’t seem to notice.

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That’s Mr. Keene, the pharmacist who runs the drug store where Eddie Kaspbrak (Jack Dylan Grazer) gets his asthma medication. He has a secret for Eddie that I won’t give away here, but this trailer does a good job of making him seem creepy and maybe even deranged (he’s not that bad in the book).

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Here’s where the trailer starts firing off quick clips like crazy, and this is a moment I don’t recall reading about: Beverly Marsh suspended mid-air in Pennywise’s underground lair. The book is split into two halves – one follows the kids, and the other follows them as adults – and there’s a moment in which an older character is hanging around down here, but my speculation would be that Beverly is caught in It’s evil trance, and heading toward the “deadlights,” which basically means seeing what It looks like in It’s non-physical, inter-dimensional form. Witnessing the creature in this form instantly drives a human insane, so here’s hoping the boys can help Bev snap out of it before it’s too late.

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Remember how I mentioned Mike has a personal connection to Derry’s messed-up history? This scene, which appears to also take place in Pennywise’s lair, is of It looking into Mike’s worst memories in order to scare him as much as possible. Those charred arms are from an incident in which Derry residents were burned alive inside a local bar, which is supposed to be one of the opening scenes of this film’s sequel (assuming Muschietti is allowed to make one).

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And just in case a roving, murderous clown wasn’t enough to freak you the hell out, the movie had to drop this shit on us: a whole damn room of creepy clown stuff. The book version of Richie “Trashmouth” Tozier (Finn Wolfhard) is frightened of werewolves that he sees in the movies (and one memorable scene sees It take the form of one of those creatures), but the fact that he’s in this location – which may also be somewhere inside Pennywise’s lair – seems to imply that he’s most afraid of clowns.

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Naturally, this wouldn’t be a horror movie trailer if it didn’t end with one final jump scare. As a fan of the book, I’m very pleased with this trailer. Click here to read all of our It movie coverage, including a ton of set visit pieces from Jacob Hall that went up earlier today.

It arrives in theaters on September 8, 2017.

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