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Parents Claim Terrifying IT Chapter Two Ads Are Giving Kids Nightmares

When I was a young, naive child, I watched 1990’s original IT mini-series – and I was petrified.  It started with YouTube compilations of clips from the movie, from Pennywise’s initial drain-covered encounter with Georgie to the Losers’ Club huddling around the photo book that turns alive. Then, my friends and I plucked up the

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When I was a young, naive child, I watched 1990’s original IT mini-series – and I was petrified. 

It started with YouTube compilations of clips from the movie, from Pennywise’s initial drain-covered encounter with Georgie to the Losers’ Club huddling around the photo book that turns alive.

Then, my friends and I plucked up the dutch courage to watch the full thing – to say I was shook would be an understatement.

This f*cking shot right here kept me up at night: 

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Even today, in my twenties, Tim Curry’s dancing clown gives me the fear. However, when Pennywise took to our screens again in 2017’s IT, today’s generation were introduced to Stephen King’s iconic monster.

Directed by Andy Muschietti, the film was a smash-hit success – pulling in over $700 million at the box office, making it the highest-grossing horror film of all time.

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The sequel, IT: Chapter Two, is hitting cinemas soon – and the marketing department are cashing in on the terror of Pennywise. Massive billboards and posters have been spotted showing Bill Skarsgård’s malicious clown smiling menacingly, with red dripping from his mouth.

However, parents have flagged concerns over the adverts – saying their children are ‘freaked out’ any time they pass by them.

Kellie, a mum from Brisbane, told 9News: ‘It just totally freaks them out.’

Her daughter Piper added:

I get really scared because it’s hard to go to bed when you have a scary picture in your mind. Before I go to bed, I have to check the whole room.

And when I finally go to bed I will wake up after a nightmare.

Another parent, Jane Swan, says her child is terrified by the poster. She told 9News: ‘Some people do enjoy going to horror movies and that’s fine and that’s their choice, and I understand that but we’re not choosing to see this poster.’

Swan went as far as to issue a complaint, arguing that films for adult audiences shouldn’t be advertised in such a manner in areas frequented by children.

As reported by 9News, Swan was told:

Ad Standards generally has no jurisdiction over the placement or timing of advertisements, except when considering the use of language or sex, sexuality or nudity in advertising.

Based on King’s seminal novel, IT: Chapter Two will introduce us to the Losers’ Club 27 years after the traumatic events of the first film – all grown-up and forced to return to Derry to face their past demons.

It has a star-studded cast: James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain and Bill Hader are the big hitters, alongside Skarsgård as the child-eating clown at the centre of it all.

James McAvoy, who spoke to UNILAD on set in Toronto, said they had a high-bar to hit after the horror of the first outing.

McAvoy told UNILAD:

We can be a bit more full-on because we’re dealing with a bunch of adults rather than a bunch of kids. Mind you, it’s not like the last one was a PG, so you’ve got a pretty high bar to hit.

Luckily we’ve got a director who wants to outdo himself, not just in terms of thrills and chills but also in terms of the quality and that’s the most important thing if you up the quality the other stuff will come.

I don’t think the aim for him is to scare people more or be more horrific I think is the aim for him is to make an even better movie.

There’s even clown-only screenings being organised for the film’s release, if you favour that kind of stress in the cinema.

IT: Chapter Two floats into cinemas on September 6. 

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Man Dresses As Pennywise To Try And Frighten New Yorkers On Subway

New Yorkers were recently transported to the sewers of Derry after Pennywise decided to catch the subway home.  As the highly-anticipated release of IT: Chapter Two nears closer, a prankster decided to try – try being the key word, here – and frighten commuters on the L train in New York City. Dressing up as

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New Yorkers were recently transported to the sewers of Derry after Pennywise decided to catch the subway home. 

As the highly-anticipated release of IT: Chapter Two nears closer, a prankster decided to try – try being the key word, here – and frighten commuters on the L train in New York City.

Dressing up as the central antagonist of the film and Stephen King’s seminal horror novel, IT, the clown is videoed strolling down the carriage with a balloon.

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The unfazed passengers have their heads buried in their phones as Pennywise creepily grins, even muttering ‘We all float down here’ to hit the impression home.

As the video attracted attention online via Instagram account @subwaycreatures, magician Alejandro Torres, 25, stepped forward as the costumed menace.

It’s an absolutely fantastic bit of cosplay: Torres makeup eerily resembles Bill Skarsgård’s interpretation in the recent adaptation, with the white and red clown makeup, frilly clothes and red hair.

Torres had been filming a promotional video in Manhattan dressed as the iconic villain, and his friends wanted to try and get another shot of him dressed up before going home.

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As reported by Patch, Torres said: 

I was trying to get back to Brooklyn. I did my best to stay in character but I was exhausted.

I want to take stuff that can be seen as scary and make it fun. The reactions so far have been really positive.

Instagram user Ryan B. Taylor was also on the train, and decided to take a video of his own – which viral video account @subwaycreatures picked up and shared. It’s been viewed nearly 700,000 times.

Some users pointed out the people in the clip don’t appear to be frightened at all. One person wrote: ‘Hilarious. Someone waved at him and he waved back. Clearly no one is threatened by Pennywise in New York.’ Another commented: ‘I love seeing New Yorkers completely unphased [sic] like this is a typical work commute.’

But Torres insists when he first boarded, people were ‘terrified’.

As reported by the MailOnline, Torres said: 

Immediately when I boarded people were terrified, but a good 10-15 minutes passed when that video was taken so at that point they’d already seen the shtick.

Pennywise is the monster at the heart of IT: a shapeshifting clown that emerges every 27 years to feast on children in the town of Derry, Maine.

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The world grew more acquainted with the villain after a mini-series adaptation in 1990; with Tim Curry offering up a timelessly petrifying performance in an otherwise schlocky effort.

In 2017, IT returned to our screens, with Skarsgård establishing a place in cinemagoers’ nightmares – it also pulled in a huge $700 million at the box office.

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The sequel will see the Losers’ Club all grown-up and returning to Derry to face the demons of their past. It has an all-star cast: including James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain and Bill Hader, and promises to be a darker and more violent film than the first.

There’s even clown-only screenings being organised for the film’s release, which will likely be right up Torres’ street.

IT: Chapter Two hits cinemas on September 6. Check out the trailer below:

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Pennywise Doll ‘Floated’ Into Woman’s Back Garden So She Burned It

Pennywise the clown feeds on the fear of his victims. He’s every nightmare you’ve ever had, your worst dream come true, everything you ever were afraid of.  One of my most vivid childhood experiences was watching Tim Curry’s 1990 mini-series adaptation of It. It absolutely crippled me, leaving me traumatised and trembling at the sight

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Pennywise Doll 'Floated' Into Woman's Back Garden So She Burned ItRenee Jensen

Pennywise the clown feeds on the fear of his victims. He’s every nightmare you’ve ever had, your worst dream come true, everything you ever were afraid of. 

One of my most vivid childhood experiences was watching Tim Curry’s 1990 mini-series adaptation of It. It absolutely crippled me, leaving me traumatised and trembling at the sight of clowns even today in my twenties.

So, if I was sitting outside, enjoying the fresh air, and a Pennywise doll descended into my back garden like an unholy force of evil, I would absolutely shit myself.

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Renee Jensen, 42, was relaxing with her boyfriend, Alex Papazian, outside their Harrington Park, New Jersey, home when they caught a glimpse of something in the air.

Jensen told the MailOnline

All of a sudden we saw it come through the tree line across the yard without hitting one tree and clear the top of the gate at an angle… I turned it over and saw the face and let go of it immediately and yelled for Alex.

It was a cartoon, plush doll of Pennywise; the nefarious, child-eating monster at the heart of Stephen King’s novel It and the latter two adaptions (1990 and 2017, respectively). Complete with a fake blood-soaked face and creepy outfit, it also had mysterious, cult-like symbols on its forehead.

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Spooked by the airborne gift, the couple phoned the police who came and searched the house for any other clues – however, they didn’t find anything. Renee said they did a great job of helping, and asked them if they wanted to take the doll away, but they declined – don’t blame you, lads.

Renee explained: 

We asked them if they wanted it. They said no. It wasn’t part of an actual crime so I guess they didn’t feel the need to take it. But they wouldn’t touch it. They were being half serious, half joking.

After the police left, Renee had a dilemma: what on earth would she do with the doll? Burn it, of course.

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Killing Pennywise wouldn’t just be as easy as lighting a match – the doll wouldn’t catch fire at first, due it likely being coated in a flame-resistant chemical. She tried soaking it in olive oil, to no avail. Eventually, with the help of newspaper as kindling, the doll began to burn.

That night, Renee was left in the house on her own as Alex was away for work, and the kids were with their father. Renee was so spooked she ‘had to leave the house for a couple hours’ as well as going to bed armed with a kitchen knife.

She said: 

Since I don’t own guns, I thought a knife for the evening would be appropriate. I couldn’t even fall asleep until super late.

Mercifully, Renee made it through the night without any clown-based interference. She insists the doll appeared to ‘float’ through the trees before landing outside her house.

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She added: 

The best explanation we have is that it was possibly a drone. Nobody could have launched that thing into our yard from any angle around our property.

Renee read King’s seminal horror novel when she was younger, but hasn’t seen any of the films as she ‘hates horror flicks’. ‘That kind of stuff gives me bad dreams, I had bad dreams last night,’ she said.

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It’s only a few weeks until Pennywise makes a return to our screens in IT: Chapter Two. Following on from 2017’s first film, the sequel catches up with the Losers’ Club when they’re all grown-up, still haunted by the nightmares of their youth.

Starring James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader and Bill Skarsgård as the terrifying antagonist, it’s set to be a darker and more violent beast than its predecessor, and hits UK cinemas on September 6.

Check out the trailer for IT: Chapter Two below: 

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IT: Chapter Two Will Have Clown-Only Screenings

For all the film-going sadists out there, grab your makeup – an American cinema chain is holding ‘clown-only’ screenings of IT: Chapter Two.  If you’re immune to the crippling creepiness of clowns, you can seek out Alamo Drafthouse’s special screenings on the film’s opening weekend in September. The chain had two theatres hosting clown-specific screenings

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For all the film-going sadists out there, grab your makeup – an American cinema chain is holding ‘clown-only’ screenings of IT: Chapter Two

If you’re immune to the crippling creepiness of clowns, you can seek out Alamo Drafthouse’s special screenings on the film’s opening weekend in September.

The chain had two theatres hosting clown-specific screenings for the first IT in 2017; this time, they have expanded to 18 locations.

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The instructions, according to Alamo Drafthouse’s website, are:

We’re celebrating the second chapter of Stephen King’s magnum opus with a nightmare-fuelling Clown-only screening of IT: Chapter Two. Please come dressed as a clown – the wig, the makeup, the oversized pants and suspenders, the blood-curdling makeup – and sit through this coulrophobia-inducing fright fest with a theater full of fellow… clowns. Good luck. [Insert maniacal clown laugh here.] You’re gonna need it, floaters.

To be clear: you don’t need to dress up specifically like Pennywise (the antagonist of IT). As long as you look like a clown, whether it be the Joker, or Krusty, or even McDonald’s own Ronald, you’ll be welcome. There’s no word yet on whether similar events will be held in the UK.

Check out the trailer for IT: Chapter Two here:

Based on Stephen King’s iconic (and bloody huge) novel, the horror sequel follows on from 2017’s IT, continuing the story of the Loser’s Club’s fight against Pennywise the Clown 27 years after the terrifying events of their childhood.

Andy Muschietti, the director of both films, has gathered a star-studded cast: James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain and Bill Hader are the big hitters, alongside Bill Skarsgård as the petrifying clown at the centre of it all.

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The first film was a smash-hit at the box office, grossing just over $700 million worldwide. The sequel is expected to be bigger, scarier and more violent.

James McAvoy, who spoke to UNILAD on set in Toronto, said they had a high-bar to hit after the horror of the first outing.

McAvoy explained: 

We can be a bit more full-on because we’re dealing with a bunch of adults rather than a bunch of kids. Mind you, it’s not like the last one was a PG, so you’ve got a pretty high bar to hit.

Luckily we’ve got a director who wants to outdo himself, not just in terms of thrills and chills but also in terms of the quality and that’s the most important thing if you up the quality the other stuff will come.

I don’t think the aim for him is to scare people more or be more horrific I think is the aim for him is to make an even better movie.

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As someone who had to sit next to someone dressed up as Pennywise at a midnight screening of IT in 2017, the idea of a clown-only screening seems both completely wild and terrific. The second chapter looks like a horrific, traumatic, fantastic trip to the cinema.

Remember, ‘you’ll float too’.

IT: Chapter Two is released in UK cinemas on September 6, 2019.

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