Attendees of the South by Southwest festival in Austin were treated to tons of awesome panels, screenings, and installations over the last few days. Game of Thrones news, Aliens: Covenant footage, and more made headlines, but one bit of information could send horror fans buzzing.
Lucky fans were treated to the first teaser trailer and a full scene from the upcoming two-part remake of Stephen King's IT, starring Bill Skarsgård as the evil clown Pennywise.
Bloody Disgusting was on hand to see the new footage, which should be released in the coming weeks, and they were no less than impressed by the visuals they saw.
The footage description did not contain a look at Skarsgård as Pennywise, as they’re probably going to delay that, but it did contain some creeps all the same.
For those who don’t know, the first movie in the new series will consist of the part of the novel set in 1957 to 1958, referred to as “The Losers’ Club.”
Bloody Disgusting’s Trace Thurman describes the trailer thusly:
“The trailer opens with footage of Bill Denbrough making a paper boat for his little brother Georgie. We then move outside, where Georgie is chasing his boat in a rainstorm as it floats next to the curb. Suddenly, Georgie runs right into a street barrier, which knocks him down on the ground. He then watches as his boat sails into a gutter. He runs to the gutter and tries to see if he can see his boat. As he looks deep into the sewers, Pennywise abruptly appears before the screen cuts to black.
Then we are shown the members of the Loser’s Club meeting each other and realizing that they’ve all been seeing the same entity, before one of them finally says “The Clown.” Once that happens, the teaser then moves into its centerpiece, which shows the members of the Loser’s Club looking at pictures on a carousel slide projector that suddenly acquires a life of its own and begins moving through the slides at an increasingly alarming speed. The pictures are of Georgie and his parents, and each slide zooms in on Georgie’s face before cutting to his mother, whose hair is covering her face. As the projector moves from slide to slide, the hair moves out of his mother’s face, and her face is revealed to be that of Pennywise himself.
The trailer then blows through a flurry of shots, as most trailers are known to do. The most striking image from this succession of shots is the unforgettable moment when blood flows out of Beverly’s sink, only in Muschietti’s film it spews out like a geyser and blasts her in the face. There is also a sublime image of Pennywise approaching two of the children (he has them cornered against a wall), but the shot is framed in a way so that only his long, bony fingers fill the screen. The children are in the background, out of focus but clearly terrified.
The teaser ends with Bill walking down into his flooded basement, where Georgie’s ghost taunts him by repeatedly screaming “We all float down here!” before Pennywise rises from the water and rushes at him, in a moment that had the entire audience screaming. It is at this moment that the screen cuts to black and the word “IT” appears on screen.”
WELL, we certainly can’t wait to get our own look at the trailer.
They also described the scene showing the kids bantering with one another, which was said to show the chemistry they will have in the film.
It certainly feels like they’re going creepy and uncomfortable horror much like in the vein of the original film, but with increased production values and techniques to get the most out of current movie-making technology.
IT, Part I is scheduled to be released in theaters on September 8.
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The cast of IT features Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise, Javier Botet as The Leper, Jaeden Lieberher as Bill Denbrough, Jeremy Ray Taylor as Ben Hanscom, Sophia Lillis as Beverly Marsh, Finn Wolfhard as Richie Tozier, Jack Dylan Grazer as Eddie Kaspbrak, Chosen Jacobs as Mike Hanlon, Wyatt Oleff as Stanley Uris, Nicholas Hamilton as Henry Bowers, Owen Teague as Patrick Hockstetter, and Logan Thompson as Victor Criss.