The Outsider: Stephen King series gets HBO adaptation

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Stephen King is no stranger when it comes to movie and TV adaptations, with so many of his estranged novels, in whole or in part, transferring to feature films and gripping series. In fact, the entertainment industry has been reworking older classics, such as “Carrie”, “The Shining”, and “Children of the Corn”, as well as contemporary favorites like “1408”, “IT”, and most recently, “Doctor Sleep”, to create enthralling transformations that are bound to snatch up fans of the spine-chilling genre. There are even time-honored, Stephen King horror collectibles that feature many characters and villains from his famed movie franchise. So, in light of appreciation for all that goes bump in the night, we’re here to spread the word about the latest TV adaptation from his devilishly written works, “The Outsider”.  

When was “The Outsider” published?

With over 50 adaptations under his belt, the master of horror is set to take the spotlight once again. The spine-chilling novel was released on May 22, 2018, selling 97,000 copies the first week that it hit store shelves. So, it’s safe to say that this 560-page-turner, “The Outsider” will be making a riveting debut next year in the form of a miniseries. Who knows? There may soon be Stephen King horror collectibles that feature the cast from this hostile book! 

What do we know about the miniseries so far?

Set to premiere on January 12, 2020, “The Outsider” TV adaptation will be a 10-episode series that will follow police detective Ralph Anderson, alongside eccentric private investigator Holly Gibney, as they examine a mysterious circumstance that finds them deep in the Georgia woods investigating an enigmatic death of an 11-year-old boy. After just losing a son of his own, Anderson is forced to explain the unexplainable, as horrifying evidence stacks up to peg local townie and Little League coach, Terry Maitland. Though insistent on his innocence, Maitland experiences animosity from his neighbors as the investigation continues, employing two common genres of Stephen King, horror mixed with a bit of police procedural. Each chapter of the series is set to follow the trail of clues that could lead the protagonists deep into the cryptic inquiry behind who killed Frank Peterson.  

Will you be the first to binge-watch the new Stephen King adaptation, “The Outsider”? Drop a comment below to share your thoughts with our readers. 

Have you ever wanted to take a step into the mind of Stephen King?

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Stephen King remains one of the most prolific authors of supernatural fiction, suspense, and fantasy, having published 61 creep-tasic novels and six non-fiction narratives. So, naturally, as a spooktacular horror fan, there’s a dreadful chance that you already possess many Stephen King horror collectibles on your home display shelves or awaiting purchase in your Nightmare Toys shopping cart. Having written your favorite twisted tales, have you ever wanted to catch a glimpse of where he created so many beloved, fictional worlds? Well, there may soon be a way that select fans can do more than simply stand in front of some hair-raising, manor gates.  

His home will become a retreat for writers

Mid-October, Rolling Stone reported that Stephen and wife Tabatha King applied to re-zone their iconic home in Bangor, Maine, with hopes of transforming it into a non-profit archive and writers’ retreat. After being unanimously approved by the city’s council, the residence may soon receive its first group researchers and scholars. While this opportunity will be by appointment only, five writers at a time will be invited to retreat to the property and use the home as an archival resource while they aspire to write their horror novels. However, with the plans roughly one to two years away from operation, King wishes that the home will remain a quiet tourist attraction for fans passing by. 

The thrilling scoop behind his miraculous mind 

Aside from adding some more Stephen King horror collectibles to your ever-growing compilation of home decor and gruesome action figures, here are some ghoulishly awesome facts about the acclaimed American author: 

  • King has used Maine as the setting for many of his horror novels. More importantly, the town of Derry from his book IT was inspired by his real-life home in Bangor, Maine. 
  • King barely remembers writing the novel, Cujo, as much of the ‘80s was spent overcoming his battle with drug and alcohol addiction. 
  • The Thing from the Tomb by H.P. Lovecraft was the book that sparked his interest in becoming a horror writer. 
  • He was in a band composed of other successful authors, including Amy Tan, Dave Barry, Mitch Albom, Barbara Kingsolver, Matt Groening, and Ridley Pearson. 
  • He purchased the van that struck him in 1999 and took a sledgehammer to it. 
  • His childhood friend was struck and killed by a train, to which he adapted this real-life experience when writing his novel, The Body
  • King has published seven novels under the pseudonym “Richard Bachman”.
  • AC/DC and The Ramones are two of the writer’s favorite bands. 
  • He’s known for playing cameo roles in some movies based on his books.

How many of the above facts did you not know about Stephen King? Drop a comment below to share some more fan information.

Our 5 favorite films to binge-watch before Halloween

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Whether you prefer stand-alone films or haunting franchises with a grisly cult following, there are so many movies to go batty over as Halloween night inches closer. Needless to say, to the fans who’re obsessed enough to buy horror movies online to watch them year-round, or those who may be on the haunt for some horrifying tales to bewitch the senses, here are some of Nightmare Toys’ most cherished, binge-worthy contenders.   

The Conjuring (2013)

While there are many alarming choices from The Conjuring Universe, none make the same bloodcurdling impression as the first installment in the creep-tastic franchise. For those who have it on their horror bucket list, The Conjuring is a supernatural film that follows a real-life telling of the experiences of the Perron family while living in their Rhode Island farmhouse in the ‘70s. It also gruesomely intertwines demonologists, Lorraine and Ed Warren, as they attempt to investigate these paranormal events. 

Fans of the film should be pleased by our devilishly delightful collection of The Conjuring horror keepsakes, including Annabelle, The Nun, and The Crooked Man.    

Coraline (2009)

Although Coraline is an animation that’s not particularly known for being frightening or gory, the reality is it has some grisly terrifying scenes that were inspired by age-old folktales. So, why hasn’t it been added to your must-watch Halloween list?

Of all the nightmarish monsters in this quivering horror film, none are more brilliantly creepy than, Other Mother. Thanks to Pop! Movies and Pop! Animation, we’ve got an otherworldly collection of Coraline mementos that add alluring diversity to your ever-growing horror collection. Ultimately, who can resist those button eyes? 

Terrifier (2016)

Those looking for a slasher that’s bound to fog their dreams with frightening nightmares should relish in the bizarre darkness exhibited by the film, Terrifier. After all, who wouldn’t want to watch as an unnerving clown maniacally terrorizes his prey on all Hallows eve? Those who’re fans of the homicidal, Art the Clown, can even reanimate the beloved murderer with some of his cult collectibles — including a full-bodied costume, chilling mask, and even a dreadful tee designed to cloak their ghoulish charm.

Carrie (1976)

The days leading up to Halloween wouldn’t be the same if they didn’t include watching one of Stephen King’s iconic cult classics. That’s we recommend that you add Carrie to your list of alarmingly, bone-chilling horror films. An oldie, but a goodie, Carrie is an adaptation of the famed horror novel which follows a teen who faces bullying at school and parental abuse at home. Equipped with supernatural powers, she takes a malevolently dark turn for the worst, making the violent plot sequence a cackling good time for horror lovers. 

If you buy horror movies online and haven’t already acquired this eerie addition, we’ve got an impressive DV that contains all the chilling bonus features. Although if your devotion extends beyond basic film collection, a bloody coffee mug or mini figurine may be enough to tame your loathing heart. 

Chucky (1988 – 2019)

Whether you binge-watch the series or select a slasher favorite from the famed horror franchise, no countdown to Halloween could ever be complete without a heavy dosage of Chuck! After all, his voodoo-chanting is rather mesmerizing to worshipers of the notorious serial killer. So, grab yourself some popcorn and start decorating your crypt with your collection of Child’s Play action figures, pillows, and dolls, dead-icating your evening to the Good Guys! 

Note that some of the above collectibles may be pre-order items and will be shipped on their scheduled dates.

To those who collect or buy horror movies online, which films make your top 5 must-watch list? Drop a comment below to compare with other readers.

IT: How do the book and first film adaptation differ?

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Clowns have always been creepy, but Stephen King cut from the devilishly dark mold when he created Pennywise, the dancing clown. From his white face, receding hairline, and baggy, silk, ruffled suit, to his demonic smile, high-pitched voice and blood-red balloons, this ancient, cosmic force of evil has had no problems coaxing children into his gruesome clutches, until now. While the book dedicates its storytelling efforts to showing just how Pennywise stalks, manipulates and eats the children of Derry, Maine, the film manages to flesh out some bloodthirsty, exciting material for a contemporary horror generation. So, grip your Pennywise horror collectibles tight as we tell you about how the book and first film adaptation differ!

The time periods

For those who haven’t read the 1986 thriller, the most immediate difference that fans will notice is that the recent film adaptation has shifted the original time period in the novel. Stephen King’s book sets the action to take place between 1984 and 1985, when the Loser’s Club are adults, writing in several flashbacks to 1957 and 1958 when the Loser’s Club encounters Pennywise for the first time. That being said, in the 2017 film, IT: Chapter 1, the characters are clearly embellishing an ‘80s theme, placing the Loser’s Club, 27 years later, in adulthood in the present day.

The monsters

Many of the original monsters from the novel didn’t make the cut onto the big screen film. In fact, Pennywise was feeding off a whole new set of fears. With the novel set smack in the middle of the birth of slasher movies, Stephen King wrote in many iconic, 80s movie monsters, such as The Mummy, The Wolfman, and The Creature from the Black Lagoon. However, in order to appeal to the trending change of horror, the film changed Mike’s giant bird scene, Stan’s drowned children scene and Richie’s werewolf scene. Although, Beverly’s time-honored bloody sink scene was even made more sinister and grotesque to ignite some new fear in fans.

How is Mike Hanlon’s role different? 

The novel was loosely narrated by Mike Hanlon, who was responsible for reuniting the Loser’s Club for the final showdown with Pennywise. In the 27 years that past, Mike worked as Derry’s trusted librarian, gathering as much information about the town’s dark history, including how the dancing clown always appeared before a major recorded tragedy, which provided a great coverup for the missing children. Moreover, in the film, the position of the historian shifted to Ben, walking the characters through his homemade, archival scrapbook. Although, this wasn’t the only change to Mike’s character. In the novel, he shares a close connection to his dad, whereas in the film, Mike was orphaned and was left to live with his grandfather on his farm following their tragic death. Lastly, Mike relies on his trusty slingshot to take down Pennywise in the book, which was upgraded to a bolt gun in It: Chapter 1.

The controversial sex scene

One of the most questionable parts of the novel occurred after the apparent defeat of Pennywise. The kids start to argue, as they attempt to navigate their way out of the deranged sewer. Finding themselves lost, Beverly quickly undresses and offers herself to the group as a way to bond together. Thankfully, this scene didn’t make the cut, and instead, a blood oath was used as a less wildly-inappropriate replacement.

Beverly’s character sees a change

The film sets the stage with Bev playing this damsel-in-distress role, which varies from her far braver portrayal in the novel. It also weighs quite heavily on an uncomfortable relationship with her father, presenting incestuous overtones rather than the violent, abusive relationship from the book. The first film adaptation also glazes over the societal problem with slut-shaming, adding an interesting dimension to Bev’s character, and of course, her love triangle between Ben and Bill.

Still, despite the changes, the screenwriters pretty much nailed the book, celebrate the original IT film and smash the box office with a pretty stellar horror movie. Of course, since then you’ve stocked up on your favorite Pennywise horror collections and with the newest adaptation to hit theaters, we’re sure that there will be even more. 

Do you personally prefer the book or the film portrayal of Pennywise the dancing clown? Drop a comment below to share your thoughts.

Get your hands on some fang-tastic horror pre-orders

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Some people anticipate the lineup of scary movies waiting to brace the big screen, while others relish in the re-telling of ghost stories around an otherworldly campfire’s flame, however, for those ghouls who’re gruesomely dedicated to the horror genre, you may find yourself screaming with devil-light once you see which chilling horror collectibles are now available for pre-order. After all, how can you enjoy the frightful fun of the summer season when your demonic spirit is disheartened by the sweltering heat? Well, you can chill your bones with some thrilling anticipation by crossing out your calendar and counting down the startling days until you can hold your terrifying horror collectible in your arms. There isn’t an ounce of witchcraft in this announcement, just a simple revelation from your pals at Nightmare Toys! 

Two otherworldly Conjuring Universe collectibles

Initially releasing to horror fans in October of 2016, the film, The Crooked Man, turns an age-old nursery rhyme into a haunting curse that sets the stage to awaken a demonic monster. The Crooked Man first debuted in the prequel, The Conjuring 2, as a malicious spirit but wildly gained popularity encouraging its own spinoff. Though the historic poem pertained to religious and political freedoms for Scotland, the ghastly horror collectible takes on an image all its own. Preorder your very own Crooked Man action figure (available starting September 29, 2019).

Another fiercely beloved character from The Conjuring Universe is Annabelle, the demonic, porcelain doll that’s based on an allegedly possessed, real-life Raggedy Ann toy. Featuring three horror films and numerous collector’s items inspired by the ghastly poltergeist, there’s no arguing that this Annabelle keepsake should be the newest repulsive addition to your horror collection. Grab yourself your very own Annabelle doll, featuring every sculpted detail inspired directly from the movie prop. Preorder the one-to-one scale replica Annabelle from Trick or Treat Studios (available starting December 30, 2019).

One creep-tastic Stephen King keepsake

Tame your cold, black heart with a Pennywise doll that mimics the menacing state and maniacal grin of the apparition from the recent reboot movie. Whether you’re a Stephen King fan, a demonic doll fan or simply getting anxious waiting for IT: Chapter 2, this devilish shape-shifter comes completely outfitted and ready for your diabolical display. Preorder this eerie-sistable relic (available starting December 30, 2019)

One burnt serial killer souvenir

You can never own enough Freddy Krueger inspired merchandise, it’s an unwritten rule of horror collecting! So, let us present you with another psychopath to evade your horror collection. Featuring his sinister smirk and iconic striped sweater with razer glove, this undead horror collectible is what dreams are made of. You better start re-working your display case for when you preorder this spine-chilling doll (available starting November 29, 2019)

Which horror collectible will you be adding to your wish-list? Drop a comment below to share with our readers.

Which deadly movie monster turns your horror crank?

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Whether you’re a master of the horror genre or you enjoy dabbling in darkness from time to time, everyone who appreciates a little blood and gore develops some admiration, and maybe even a little worship, for the chilling movie monsters that set the stage. Needless to say, we’re curious as to which devilish apparition, grueling specter or demonic being gravely gets the black heart pumping? How about we name a few of our personal favorites?

Pennywise

This monstrosity is unforgiving when you’re in close quarters. After all, Pennywise is a shape-shifting demon that has the power and inexorable ability to change into whatever its victim fears the most. While he usually takes the form of a frightening, dancing clown, this cosmic entity is a vindictive monster that will stop at nothing until he feeds on the flesh of his favorite food, children.

Fans of Pennywise horror collectibles should check out the Pennywise Mini Bust, the One-12 Collective Pennywise and the Pennywise Ceramic Mug.  

Pinhead

Hellraiser fans rejoice! Your grueling monster, leader of the Cenobites, is one of the most underrated, fang-tastic creatures in the horror genre. Not only is the Hell Priest, Pinhead, not shy at the sight of blood pooling, but this demonic entity also prides himself in his psychological torture abilities. And while he possesses a dangerous army of Cenobites behind him, this supernatural being is relentless when it comes to acting out fierce human killing sprees solo. Pinhead is undeviating, remorseless and will stop at nothing to have his prey in his sadist clutches. How’s that for an insanely grim movie monster?

Fans of Pinhead horror collectibles should check out the Deluxe Stylized Pinhead, the Pinhead 12” Figure and the Hellraiser Gift Bag.

Predators

Also known as the Yautja, predators are dangerous, extraterrestrial hunters that are vastly faster and more advanced in combat than many other horror monsters. Not only do these supernatural creatures share genetic human diversity (breath and look akin to humans) but they’re incredibly intelligent and use a variety of technology to camouflage and mutilate their prey. That being said, while the stereotypical monster in the genre usually attacks when provoked or threated, predators will seek out humans to claim as trophy kills.  

Fans of predator’s horror collectibles should check out the Predator 10” Scale Action Figure, the Predator Unmasked Angry Plush and our collection of Pop! Predators   

Which horror collectibles will you be snatching up to put on display? Tell us in the comments section below.

What are the most common fears that inspire horror movies?

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While there are many notable horror movies that creatively craft their plot sequences from pure imagination, there are also those who take inspiration from the primal instincts of the human brain. Whether it’s an emotional reaction to pure darkness, built up tension leading to a striking moment of terror or a simple, unexpected jump scare, these elemental details are what keeps fans of the genre gripping their seats with fear and suspense. Since filmmakers feed on these emotional reactions to create a powerfully, spooky movies, you can pretty much guarantee that screenwriters and directors are known to recycle the same heightened phobias. Whether it’s a time-honored horror flick or a crummy addition to the dreadful genre, you can rest assured that the following horror hang-ups will continue to find their place into the chilling timeline of future films.

Fear of spiders (arachnophobia)

While arachnophobia can range anywhere from mild to severe depending on the person, psychologists believe that it is a fear that is instilled by the conditioning from a loved one. This means that most people who say that they’re fearful of spiders do not necessarily undergo an experience that instills “spider trauma”, but they have been told by a close friend or relative to be scared of creepy crawlies. So, it’s not the fear of being bitten, but rather the fear of their erratic movements and their abundance of legs and eyeballs that fuels this phobia fire. Needless to say, horror movies like Arachnophobia and The Exorcist have really taken the fear of spiders to a whole new level.

Fear of clowns (coulrophobia)

The concept of a creepy, evil clown is nothing new. In fact, horror movies like Stephen King’s IT and the Killjoy franchise have capitalized on it. While coulrophobia is more common in children, this intense fear is known to build up into adulthood. But why are so many people scared of clowns? Psychologists believe that this familiar fear is usually the result of a traumatic childhood experience and since humans rely on facial expressions to understand each other, the exaggerated, distorted, painted-on faces of clowns are something we become fixated and fearful of. Not to mention, clowns are mischievous, uncertain and in many cases portrayed as tricksters. It’s their appearance and unpredictability that makes you wallow is discomfort at the sight of them in horror movies.  

Fear of puppets (pupaphobia)

Although pupaphobia is not as common as some other fears, there are still many people who’re scared of these uncanny hunks of wood and plastic. Although the fear of puppets is also generally developed through a case of childhood trauma, which makes it such a unique phobia is the fact that puppets are not real. Although they’re human-like and realistic in their appearance, the very notion of them moving or talking in any way has the ability to invoke suspicion and uneasiness in anyone. This is probably why Goosebumps’ Slappy and Saw’s Billy Puppet have become such wildly popular horror icons!

Are there any other fears that you can think of that horror movies utilize? Drop a comment below to share with our readers.

A few old but grim horror movies that are worth a re-watch

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With the breathtaking realism brought on by today’s special effects, it can be difficult to get the jitters while watching the faintheartedness of an old horror movie. But, that’s the thing about this chilling genre, even without the illusions and visual tricks of modern animation, these classics have the ability to haunt you long after the credits roll out. Maybe it’s because they can tap into our deepest fears of the unknown or perhaps the clever suspense gives us this intuitive outlook at what goes bump in the night? Whatever it is that gets your devilish desires wired at the thought of a dark, bloodcurdling plot sequence, since your love of horror only seems to grow with time, honor its gruesome expansion by re-watching a few time-honored thrillers.

Amityville Horror (1979)

This chiller follows the story of a family who becomes terrorized by the supernatural forces tied to their old, 18th century home. If strange voices, violent, wide-spread illnesses and unexplained sores to the body weren’t enough to scare away these homeowners, what was? As the couple, George and Kathy Lutz, experience the unseen forces and malevolent nature of the home, it’s clear that someone or something wants them out. The best part is that this spine-tingling, paranormal film was inspired by a true story, the legend of the Amityville Horror.

The Evil Dead (1981)

This daunting tale commences when five friends take off for a little getaway to a cabin in the woods. Encountering strange noises shortly after arriving, they come across a peculiar book (Book of the Dead) and audio tape in the basement. In playing the tape, they release an evil force that’s hell-bent on murdering them all and they’re forced to try and survive the night by defeating the evil dead. Maybe a re-watch of this horror-ific film would reawaken your deadly senses for your love of horror classics?

Children of the Corn (1984)

While there have been several, contemporary adaptations to Stephen King novels and short stories, Children of the Corn remains untouched by modernity. This spooktacular horror movie tells the story of the Town of Gatlin, a small agricultural community residing in the state of Nebraska. Relying solely on their corn crop for their survival, after a failed reaping, the townsfolk must trust that their religious sacrifice will ensure future prosperous harvests. Following the orders of a demonic god, who is referred to as “He Who Walks Behind the Rows,” the children of Gatlin kill all the adults of the community and maintain their ritual of human sacrifice as each child transitions into adulthood. Already 35-years-old, this classic film is still as riveting and grim as the day it hit the big screen!

Which horror movie will you be re-watching or watching for the first time? Tell us in the comments section below.

These 4 frightening horror films can be expected on the big screen this year

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While there are many horror-ific things that our souls anticipate as we cross over into the realm of a new year, long-awaited horror films that are expected to hit the big screen are of the utmost importance for those who are in tune with their otherworldly nature. So, let’s take a spell-binding journey into the future, rev up our horror lovin’ hearts and get simply thrilled with chills and excitement at what 2019 has in store for horror films.

It: Chapter 2

This highly anticipated sequel with have heads turning in 2019. Now that it’s been 27 years since the town of Derry, Maine was terrorized by the supernatural creature Pennywise, the grown up Loser’s Club members are being forced to return after a death of a friend, honoring their pact made in blood. Since IT: Chapter 1 took the spot as the highest grossing horror film ever made, IT: Chapter 2 might be worth seeing if you love clowns, mystery or a twist of fate.

Pet Sematary

As another Stephen King novel to come alive on the big screen next year, this modern-day reboot may even give the original a run for its money. Taking a more supernatural approach to the haunted woods, rather than a simple old wives tale about a powerful burial ground, this new horror film carefully follows the plot of its original counterpart aside from a few spook-tacular added touches. It looks absolutely terrifying!

Child’s Play

Another reboot that comes to life in 2019 will take you back to the good ol’ days of 1980s seat-clenching thrillers. This horror film aims to bring back the flair from the original Child’s Play film, but with a touch of modernity. The Good Guy Chucky Doll will have the same awesomely distasteful personality and even the same hair, clothing and old-fashioned feel to his appearance. Now, that’s a reboot worth getting in line for!

Happy Death Day 2U

Sticking with the theme of highly anticipated reboots and sequels, Happy Death Day 2U will have horror fans quickly re-watching it’s popular prequel before this thrilling horror film has a chance to hit the theatres. This killer comeback re-enters the time loop with an interesting twist of fate from the original film. Valentines Day 2019 will forever be remembered as Happy Death Day 2U!

Are there any other horror films that are premiering in 2019 that you absolutely can’t wait to watch? Tell us in the comments section below.

IT: Chapter 2, what we know so far

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IT: Chapter 2

It didn’t take too long for Pennywise the dancing clown to come back and give us a good scare, in fact, It: Chapter 2 started filming last week. Since the first chapter was a major box-office success, especially for its comedic element, the second chapter is expected to be a much scarier adaptation.

When is the release date?

Yes, Bill Skarsgard is returning as the terrorizing clown Pennywise. The film is expected to hit the big screen on Sept. 6, 2019 with the title, IT: Chapter 2.

New cast and plot

The sequel will take place 27 years after the events of the original film, meaning it will take place in present day with the kids from the Loser’s Club all grown up. The band of misfits keep their promise of returning to the town of Derry, just in case the blood thirsting clown, Pennywise wakes up from his slumber.

The original cast, aside from Skarsgard (Pennywise) and Jackson Robert Scott (Georgie), will not be returning. Instead the Loser’s club will be comprised of Jessica Chastain (Beverly), James McAvoy (Bill), Jay Ryan (Ben), Bill Hader (Richie), Andy Bean (Stanley), James Ransone (Stanley) and Isaiah Mustafa (Mike).

Production is now underway in Toronto. The film will be comprised of some flashbacks, particularly the black spot and the night Mike’s parents were killed in the fire. It will feature some of Stephen King’s crazy, “cosmological stuff such as the Macroverse and [Maturin] the turtle.

The magic turtle Maturin to make an appearance

For those of you who don’t know, Maturin is an ancient entity, also a turtle, who happens to be the arch enemy of Pennywise. In the original 1990 TV series, Maturin is left out completely, but if you watch the 2017 film closely, there are references to him hidden (ex. Easter eggs). These hidden references were placed strategically for all the hardcore fans of the book.

What are you most excited to see portrayed in the upcoming IT: Chapter 2 film? Let us know in the comments section below.