DERRY — September has only just begun, but the scary movie season has already started: “It Chapter Two” is now in theaters and is scaring audiences across the globe.
There has been a lot of hype around the second installment of “It.” The novel by Stephen King has been read by millions, and many of us remember being scared to death by the miniseries in the 1990s. The first film made more than $700 million worldwide, and fans have been clamoring for this second chapter now for two years.
The wait is over and “It Chapter Two” is finally in theaters. But when it comes to content, how does it compare to the first? Is there more language? Less? Is it gorier? Tamer? Scarier? More mellow? You get the idea — and that’s why I’m here.
This article is not to let you know if “It Chapter Two” is worth seeing, or if it’s better or worse than the first movie. This review is simply to let you know what you can expect to see in the film.
Yes, the movie is rated R, and you probably already know it’s going to be very grown-up, but this is a popular movie with a lot of interest. We want to help inform you about what to expect in the movie as best we can so you can make an educated decision about your weekend plans and whether they will involve “It Chapter Two.”
“It” has an alarming amount of F words, almost all of which are spoken by teens. I feel like that actual word was cut back a little in “Chapter Two,” but it’s hard to say. There is still a lot of language in this movie, but it’s possible it felt less jarring considering the profanities were being uttered by adults and not teens and preteens.
In addition to the F-word, there is plenty of other language covering the whole spectrum. Racial slurs, deity references, gender slurs and other profanities are all present and fairly frequent. The language is harsh and would earn the R-rating all on its own.
Other than an occasional shot of a stomach or a woman in a tank top, there isn’t much in “Chapter Two” that could be considered sexual.
There are, however, allusions to sexual abuse and molestation, as well as domestic and sexual violence. None of it is shown on screen, but the beginnings of some of these acts are shown and can be highly disturbing.
There is a lot of crude humor and some crude remarks made throughout the film, as well. Again, nothing is shown, but things are said that are of a highly sexual nature.
“It Chapter Two” is a horror movie about a monster clown who eats kids, and the filmmakers don’t pull any punches.
The movie is violent and gory and shows a great deal of both. While the filmmakers never actually show Pennywise the clown devouring an entire child, he is seen taking bites out of children, and the amount of the blood in the film is ratcheted to a 10.
Gallons and gallons of blood are shown on screen, and that’s not an exaggeration. There are also impalings, stabbings, dismemberments, decapitations, suicides and other acts of violence all shown on screen.
This movie will be highly disturbing for many audiences.
I’ve already mentioned sexual violence, which is both uncomfortable and disturbing. There is also the topic of child disappearances, child murders, suicide, cannibalism, depression, domestic violence, child abuse, rape and sexual abuse. Some of these things are shown and others are only spoken of or alluded to.
Without going into plot details, a suicide scene, a child death scene and a domestic violence scene are likely some of the more disturbing moments in the film.
“It Chapter 2” wants to make sure the horror is apparent and often.
Scary is subjective, and what one person finds scary another will not. But the filmmakers tried to make sure to scare the audience. I’d say the scariness level is on par with the first film, but there are more scenes in this one that try to get your heart racing.
“It Chapter 2” is on the same level as the first film when it comes to language and sexuality, and maybe even a little less on language. But the gore, violence and disturbing content are all ramped up.
This is an R-rated movie, no question about it. If you want to see the film you need to make sure you’re ready for all of this to come up. It’s a highly disturbing and graphic film.
"It Chapter Two" is rated R for disturbing violent content and bloody images throughout, pervasive language, and some crude sexual material.