The notorious clown is back to scare audiences again in the year’s must-see sequel.

“For twenty-seven years I dreamt of you… I craved you… I’ve missed you.”

Sure, excitement for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is beginning to stir but at the moment all attention is firmly on the hotly anticipated follow-up to the 2017 horror hit, It: Chapter Two.

We’re invited to venture back to the town of Derry for another nightmarish string of encounters with the demonic Pennywise, excellently performed by Bill Skarsgård. The previous film was one of the biggest event movies of 2017 and since then rumours and excitement have been in full swing. The trailer took ages to land, but once it did fans were quick to declare it worth the wait. 

According to IMDb, the sequel clocks in at two hours and forty-nine minutes, suggesting that this could be the kind of horror epic we see all too rarely these days. 

It: Chapter Two UK age rating

One of the questions many are asking though is what age rating it will be in the UK. 

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The big horror movie releases tend to be given a 15 certificate, but recent efforts like Ari Aster’s Midsommar – which certainly earned its 18 certificate – have surprised horror audiences and gone with a higher classification. 

According to the BBFC, It: Chapter Two has officially landed a 15 rating, listing “strong gory violence, horror, language, discrimination” under its rating info. So, it’s earned the same certificate as its predecessor – if you’re 15 years or older, we hope you enjoy!

There has been a lot of talk about this sequel being gorier and more ambitious than the last, which is definitely reflected in the lengthier runtime and footage. Considering the size of the novel and also that this it’ll be the last instalment, there’s plenty of material to justify it. Let’s just hope it’s as good as the first – will it be?

Has Andy Muschietti done it again?

Of course, it’s all personal opinion, but it’s worth taking a look at the reception and see how it’s fared in comparison. 

The reviews are set to come in very soon, but fortunately, there’s already been some brief responses to the film. Collider’s Erik Davis tweeted his thoughts in August: “a terrific companion to #ITChapterOne. Similar vibes, great ensemble chemistry w/ a nice mix of humour and horror. Part 2 plays heavier in tone, dealing w/ defeating the burden of childhood trauma, & I definitely teared up at the very end. Bill Hader steals it.”

That’s a great reaction, but some have already found elements to critique. Chris Evangelista over at Slashfilm said: “#ITChapter2 has a rushed, clumsy first act & an odd lack of chemistry among the adult Losers. But it eventually finds its footing. This is a BIG movie—a go for broke horror blockbuster not afraid to make weird choices. Bill Hader steals the show.”

Overall, it looks like it’ll be slightly more divisive than the first, but nevertheless, director Andy Muschietti looks like he has a hit on his hands, and we’re not just talking box office. 


It: Chapter Two release date

It’s been a long wait, but Pennywise finally returns to cinemas on Friday, September 6th 2019.  

With the young cast set to reprise their roles, we’re also ready to reacquaint ourselves with the Losers’ Club in adulthood, with such talented performers as Jessica Chastain (The Tree of Life) and Bill Hader (Superbad) ready to impress It fans. 

Also, if you’re super excited, why not check out the It and It: Chapter Two double-feature, which will see select cinemas screen both films back to back on Thursday, September 5th 2019. It looks like everyone’s prepared to make the release of 2019’s biggest horror flick one to remember!

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