New IT Trailer Puts The Focus On The Losers Club

The second trailer for IT made its debut on MTV last night, and it marked a significant depart from the first. While the initial spot placed a heavy emphasis on Pennywise and the more horrific elements from Stephen King’s opus, the new trailer puts the spotlight on The Losers Club.

It’s a smart move, and it shows that the film will invest in bringing the deep bonds of friendship within the group to life. The trailer essential wraps smaller moments around an extended scene that highlights the various personalities with the group.

Part of what makes the trailer work so well is it taps in to the very real childhood fear when one realizes adults can’t always help. As Bill says in his voiceover, “When you’re alone as a kid, the monsters see you as weaker.” In that moment we see a grinning Norbert Keene splashed across the screen. Readers of the novel remember Keene as pharmacist who inflicted psychological torment on a young Eddie Kaspbrak when he told him the truth about his asthma inhaler.

The scene that follows, with the group bickering about whether to enter the sewer tunnels or not, is wonderful and warm and funny. That is, until the humor is punctured by the discovery of a sneaker belonging to Betty Ripson, one of Derry’s missing children.

It’s a chilling moment and one that reminds the audience of the stakes at play. While Pennywise only makes a brief appearance at the trailer’s end, his presence looms large.

IT comes out September 5th, and I can’t remember the last time I felt this much excitement for a mainstream horror film.

Mike Snoonian

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since 2009 Mike has written about independent horror, science fiction, cult and thrillers through his own blog All Things Horror along with various other spots on the web. Film Thrills marks his attempt to take things up a notch, expand his viewing and writing horizons and to entertain and engage his audience while doing so. When Mike's not writing or watching movies, you can find him reading to his little girl, or doing science experiments with her, or trying to convince her that the term "chicken butt" comes from people putting chicken nuggets down their underwear. at age five, she's too smart to believe most of what he says.

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