A new trailer for Stephen King adaptation It has been released promising to be one of this year’s scariest films. The new look at the forthcoming film from Andy Muschietti (Mama) shows off the film’s monster, the devilish Pennywise, who haunts a group of ragamuffin kids as they enter the sewers of Maine to search for their missing friend.

The cast includes Stranger Things actor Finn Wolfhard. Also featuring is Midnight Special’s Jaeden Lieberher. The child-devouring clown will be played by Bill Skarsgård, known for roles in Hemlock Grove and Anna Karenina.

“The story is the same, but there are changes in the things the kids are scared of,” Muschietti told Variety. “In the book, they’re children in the 50s, so the incarnations of the monsters are mainly from movies, so it’s Wolf Man, the Mummy, Frankenstein [and] Dracula. I had a different approach. I wanted to bring out deeper fears, based not only on movie monsters but on childhood traumas.”

Stephen King Adaptions

The film arrives during a boom time for Stephen King adaptations. Following on from the small screen reimagining of The Mist, Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey in The Dark Tower and a series based on Mr Mercedes. Hulu has also announced Castle Rock, an anthology horror show based on a number of King’s short stories.

The first trailer for Stephen King’s It managed to break records, being streamed 197 million times globally in just 24 hours and beating previous record holder Fast & Furious 8.

It will be released 8 September.

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