‘It: Chapter 2’ Promises the Bloodiest Scene in Horror Movie History
With the advent of the It: Chapter 2 trailer, horror fans are gearing up for the movie’s September 6th release date. Already we’re seeing what looks like an even more sinister Pennywise — who would have thought that was even possible?
It: Chapter 2 features the eldritch villain “Pennywise the Dancing Clown” as he terrorizes the population of Derry, Maine. The second chapter follows the heroes from the first film, now adults, almost three decades after their traumatizing battle against the horror in Derry. Legend has it that evil revisits the town of Derry every 27 years — and that means Pennywise is coming back home. Perhaps this time the “Loser’s Club,” as the heroes call themselves, will be able to stop Pennywise for good. But at what cost? We’ve been promised one of the bloodiest scenes in horror history, and that certainly doesn’t bode well for the Loser’s Club.
What’s all that blood for?
Actress Jessica Chastain, who will be playing the adult version of Bev, spilled the beans on The Tonight Show to Jimmy Fallon when discussing her role in the film.
Chastain said to Fallon, “I’m gonna say something and I think I’m gonna be in trouble but I’m gonna do it. It might be a spoiler, but in the movie there’s a scene that someone said on set that it’s the most blood that’s ever been in a horror film in a scene. The next day I was pulling [fake] blood out of my eyeballs.”
How much blood does it take to get it stuck in your eyeballs until the next day? Fans are eager to see whether or not Chastain’s claim stands up to reality — it’s a bold one to make, for sure. But, it might be true — It is famous for some of its grisly, blood-filled scenes. Notably, fans might recall the scene where young Bev has to deal with geysers of blood erupting from her bathroom sink, coating the floor in gore.
Pennywise on the warpath
Bill Skarsgård will be reprising his role as It in the second chapter, and he’s already promised an even more vicious Pennywise.
“He’s been doing this forever really, so he doesn’t change in the sense that you would look differently. He looks however he wants to look for any particular prey at the time, but I do think there’s a change,” explained Skarsgård. “The arc of the first movie is that he, for the first time, experiences fear himself. Now he’s experienced something that he has been inflicting on others and … there’s a shift leading into the second movie.”
Skarsgård also says the audience should expect surprises and shocks from Pennywise this time around, even if they think they already have a handle on him after the first film.
“It fuels hatred and anger towards the kids, who will be adults in this one, so I think there might be an even more vicious Pennywise. He’s really going after it,” explained Skarsgård. “We can explore his unpredictability now that we’ve established the character for the audience. We can still sort of shock them.”
Which scene could it be?
There’s already speculation about which scene Chastain could be referencing. Fans have pointed out that they don’t recall so spectacularly bloody a scene in the second portion of the novel. However, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the scene was created for the film specifically.
There are possible opportunities related to the book. Fans have speculated that the scene Chastain discussed could be the infamous fortune cookie scene, or perhaps a recollection or recreation Bev experiences of the bloody bathroom scene, since she revisits her childhood home.