After months of anticipation, the first trailer for IT: Chapter Two, the conclusion of the adaptation of Stephen King's bestselling novel, confirming -- spoilers! -- the child-killing monster is still alive, 27 years after the events of the first film. Now adults, but still emotionally scarred by the experiences of their youth, the members of the Losers' Club reunite in Derry, Maine, to stop the supernatural menance once and for all.
Here are all the biggest, and most chilling, moments from the first look at director Andy Muschietti's upcoming sequel.
The trailer opens with an adult Beverly Marsh, portrayed by Jessica Chastain, returning to her childhood home, now occupied by an elderly woman. The kindly lady allows Beverly to revisit the house and reminisce in her old bedroom as she prepares tea.
Beverly finds an old postcard she had hidden away, remembers how it helped her through an abusive upbringing. Abrasions are visible on Beverly's wrist, suggesting the abuse did not end with the father she killed in self-defense. However, as Beverly re-immerses herself in her past, it becomes clear that everything isn't as it seems, as the old woman creeps around with unnatural movements.
Sweet Old Lady
As Beverly and the old woman talk over a hot cup of tea, Beverly notices flies gathering on the window. Complaining about the heat, the woman observes that no one who dies in Derry ever "really dies."
Letting the ominous phrase sit in the sweltering heat with an uncomfortably long pause, the woman begins to fan herself, leading Beverly to notice a telltale scar on her chest.
As the woman goes to remove freshly baked cookies from the oven, Beverly examines old photographs on the walls. As she gets a closer look at the yellowed images, she pauses on a familiar figure as the woman relates the story of how her father came to America with $14 in his pocket, and found work in the circus.
In the background, the old woman leers at Beverly before silently scurrying away in a lanky, naked form. Reminding Beverly she's "daddy's little girl," directly quoting her late, abusive father, Pennywise attacks, presumably in the form of the naked, old woman.
The trailer then cuts to the adult Losers' Club returning to Derry, interspersed with visions and flashbacks to themselves as children in the 1980s. Remembering that fateful summer in 1989, Beverly recalls sharing a kiss with Bill Denborough after apparently defeating Pennywise, with the adult Bill portrayed by James McAvoy.
One of the most enjoyable surprises in the first film had been the camaraderie and natural chemistry between the Losers in 1989, and this looks to carry on to their adult versions, with the reunited friends catching up over drinks in a restaurant.
A Familiar Sewer
Back in Derry, Bill stops by a familiar storm drain, still visibly haunted by it. It's where his little brother Georgie was murdered by Pennywise at the start of the story, kicking off his latest reign of terror in the small town. Greeting Bill from the storm drain is a vision of Georgie holding his old paper boat, which Pennywise used to lure the boy to his death. Later, the Losers are shown venturing back into the sewers where they had first defeated Pennywise 27 years earlier.
The Dancing Clown
As the Losers are seen in a quick montage of strange happenings and horrific incidents in their old hometown, an adult Richie Tozier, portrayed by Bill Hader, looks up to see Pennywise being hoisted up by set of his iconic red balloons, dancing as he floats over a Paul Bunyan statue.
Adult Richie's encounter marks the first time Pennywise is clearly shown in present day, before additional shots reveal the Dancing Clown leaping up walls and clawing at his own face.
The trailer ends as an unwitting girl walks in the dark, only for a pair of white, gloved hands to suddenly clap and reveal a grinning Pennywise. It's a string of resurgent child murders that brings the Losers back to Derry, and the girl may be Pennywise's first victim in the present.
It: Chapter Two stars Bill Skarsgård, James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Jay Ryan, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, James Ransone, Andy Bean, Teach Grant, Jess Weixler, Will Beinbrink, Xavier Dolan, Jaden Lieberher, Sophia Lillis, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Finn Wolfhard, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff and Nicholas Hamilton. The film opens Sept. 6.