IT’s Back


Universal’s adaptation of Stephen King’s novel “IT” came back in theaters on September 6 to finish the frightening story of a clown that eats children.

The movie takes place in 2016, approximately 26 years after the events of the first movie. Mike Hanlon (Isaiah Mustafa), who never left his home city, Derry, notices a stream of missing children and mutilated people that correlates to the revival of the demon they dealt with as kids, Pennywise. Beverly Marsh (Jessica Chastain), Bill Denbrough (James McAvoy), Richie Tozler (Bill Hader), Ben Hanscom (Jay Ryan), Eddie Kaspbrak (James Ransone) and Mike all travel back to Derry because of their eternal pact which declares that if Pennywise ever came back, they would too.  

Many of them don’t remember the events of their childhoods and go on an emotional rollercoaster to deal with the frightening clown that feeds on fear. Mike forces them to fight against their fears to rediscover their childhoods and relive all the horrific memories in order to obtain tokens. These tokens are to be used for a ritual Mike found in order to destroy Pennywise once and for all.  

“‘IT Chapter 2” takes a different approach to horror movie films created in the past decade, including “‘IT,”’ which came out in late 2017. The movie primarily focuses on the characters, as well as the suspense and terror of having a demonic clown following you, knowing the next step you are about to take. Although the movie does take a slow start, the story picks up quickly. It keeps the audience on the edge of their seats, not knowing whether or not the suspenseful music is going to bring a jumpscare or comedic relief. Overall, the movie is a great adaptation and version of the book; the director (Andrés Muschietti) and Stephen King put perfect actors to create the beloved and scary characters, making the audience fall more in love with the horrific tale.