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The final trailer for Andy Muschietti's upcoming horror film It: Chapter Two has arrived, and the intensity levels are absolutely through the roof. Send help.

The first trailer focused predominantly on a slow, increasingly uncomfortable confrontation, but the new one gives away more reveals and offers a faster pace.

The second half of Stephen King's legendary 1986 novel It is explored in It: Chapter Two, in the fictional setting of Derry, Maine. The 1,169-page book is fairly monstrous, to say the least.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Muschietti's 2017 It was a massive hit in the cinema, featuring seven Derry kids becoming aware of a horrible monster preying on their town. The kids set out to fight it, stopping our hearts in the process.

The monster is a shapeshifter, but wears the face of a dancing clown named Pennywise normally. Bill Skarsgård's acting skills as the clown have honestly ruined our lives forever.

While the children somehow defeat Pennywise, It: Chapter Two is set 27 years later and they learn pretty quick that Pennywise is still alive. They therefore decide to return to Derry to fight him one final time.

The first It scared the sh*t out of us, but the latest film looks like it'll have a similar dynamic of Pennywise attacking the kids in turn.

The adult version of the 'Losers' Club' (James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, Jay Ryan, James Ransone, Andy Bean, and Isaiah Mustafa) face Pennywise once again in isolated settings before the final battle.

There'll be plenty of screaming, that much is certain. It lands in cinemas on September 6, prepare the night lights for sleep.

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We love/hate a horror movie just as much as the next person.

While it might seem like a good idea to scare ourselves silly, in bed alter that night when we're convinced our dressing gown is a masked murderer..not so much.

So we are buzzing that Stephen King is having a moment in the cinema and sh*tting ourselves at the same time.

Yes, the latest horror flick to hit the screens is Dr. Sleep, the sequel to the Jack Nicholson masterpiece that is The Shining

And Danny Torrance is all grown-up. 

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Ewan MacGregor takes on the role and from the eerie trailer, it seems that he is quite like his dad Jack.

In fairness, anyone who went through what he did as a kid at The Overlook Hotel would be haunted forever, right?

So what's the plot?

Based on the 2003 Stephen King novel, Danny is struggling with addiction, just as his dad had, is trying to move on with his life.

But he realises that he isn't the only one with the power to relate to dead people, or as he calls it "the shine."

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There's a young girl, who like him and to get them both answers, he might have to make another visit to the Overlook Hotel where his dad lost his mind all those years ago. 

Doctor Sleep is directed by the creator of Netflix's The Haunting Of Hill House, Mike Flanagan so we know we're in for a good time.

It's a new movie but there are flashbacks to the original 1980s flick like the iconic blood and elevator scene.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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There are other scenes taken from the original like Danny as a kid cycling through the halls of the Overlook – but they were filmed in an  Atlanta studio last year. 

Diehard fans will know this is not a direct sequel to the movie, it's a sequel to the novel. 

Stephen King told Entertainment Weekly a few years ago that, ''Doctor Sleep is a sequel to the novel. It’s not a sequel to the Kubrick film.''

He continued, ''At the end of the Kubrick film, the Overlook is still there. It just kind of freezes. But at the end of the book, it burns down.''

We can't WAIT to see what happens when it hits cinemas on November 8 and we'll get ready to not be able to sleep for a week. 

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Lads, It's here. (It's here…get it?)

Horror fans have been spoiled as of late with the insanely good scary movies hitting cinemas – from the likes of Hereditary to Jordan Peele's Get Out and Us and even another installment of the horror OG franchise that is Halloween.

So when Stephen Kings It was remade in 2017, it came at the perfect time..and went on to gross $700 million worldwide. 

Now the sequel has arrived and judging by the trailer, it looks devilishly good.

The first movie centered on a group of misfits or ''Losers'' as they were dubbed in 1980s Derry,  Maine who all banded together to fight Pennywise the clown.

Now, 30 years later they're all back as adults…but Pennywise is still lurking. 

What made the first installment such a success was the chemistry between the young leads who effortlessly sparked off each other and were…genuinely funny. 

It wasn't that scary – think more of a Stranger Things/Goonies vibe but still with some jump scares. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The cast for Chapter 2 looks unreal – we've got Jessica Chastain, James McEvoy and Bill Hader making the line up as the grown-up Losers.

What's cool is the kids picked what actors they wanted to play their older characters and Bill Hader as grown-up Richie was young Richie's (Finn Wolfhard's) personal pick for the role.

The trailer itself looks creepy AF – it opens on an old lady who isn't as she seems.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The kids appear in flashback moments and it looks like it's gonna be a lot scarier than the first one

Director Andy Muschietti did promise that the sequel would be more intense than the first film and it looks like he delivered.  

Also – it's gotten the best endorsement it can – author of the novel Stephen King has openly praised the flick.

He took to social media to say, ''Looking forward to IT CHAPTER 2? You should be. I've seen it, and it's terrific. The trailer is coming Thursday, at noon. You'll float.''

The writer is notoriously tough to impress – he famously hated The Shining, so if he likes this movie what more could you want?

IT: Chapter Two hits cinemas on September 6 – see you there. 

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Fans absolutely lost their damn minds while watching Netflix' horror-drama The Haunting of Hill House, so it's no surprise that it was renewed for season two.

The first season was based on the 1959 Shirley Jackson novel, but the next series will feature an all-new cast and story.

Titled The Haunting of Bly Manor, creator Mike Flanagan and producer Trevor Macy will base the next chapter on Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw, a classic horror novella centring on a governess and two sibling children.

The first season of the show boasted a massively talented cast of Henry Thomas, Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino, Elizabeth Reaser, Kate Siegel and Oliver Jackson-Cohen, as well as an emotionally-charged story.

Set in a dilapidated mansion saturated with ghosts, the supernatural soon takes hold of the young family who live there and haunts them into adulthood, showing flashbacks and terrifying scenes.

The show achieve its whopping 92% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with the audience gripped entirely by the family drama paired with horror, a relatively new idea.

Stephen King, the most famous horror author on the planet, even sang the work's praise on Twitter;

The Haunting of Hill House, revised and remodelled by Mike Flanagan… I don’t usually care for this kind of revisionism, but this is great. Close to a work of genius, really."

“I think Shirley Jackson would approve, but who knows for sure," he wrote, giving the compliment of a lifetime to Mike Flanagan.

Vice president of original content at Netflix, Cindy Holland, commented on season two's announcement:

“Mike Flanagan and Trevor Macy are masterful at creating authentically frightening stories that leave audiences on the edge of their seats, but unable to look away.”

“We’re excited to continue our partnership with them on The Haunting series and future projects to come.”

Netflix has embarked on a multi-year deal with Flanagan and Macy,Variety reports, which will see both men produce new TV projects for the streaming giant exclusively .

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The series followed five siblings who grew up in the most famous haunted house in America, and we honestly could NOT stop screaming as they tried to escape their past and literal/figurative ghosts.

No release date for The Haunting of Bly Manor has been announced yet, but we already know we won't be able to sleep at night…

It's expected to land in our Netflix accounts sometime in 2020. The whispering voice in the teaser mentions the garden beyond… and the “great emptiness”. We're sh*tting ourselves.

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When we think of thrillers, horror and books that psychologically messed us up – Stephen King's name comes to mind. 

He is the King (sorry, couldn't help the pun), of creating some of the darkest worlds and fantasies, such as IT and The Shining.

His book Pet Sematary has once again been adapted into a film, after it was adapted from the book in 1989. 

The remake got the go ahead in December and the trailer alone will have you hopping out of your seat.

The spooky tale follows a family that has relocated out of Boston, and bought a beautiful house with a whole forest as a back garden – sounds lovely, right? – WRONG.

Jason Clarke stars as a doctor, Louis Creed who is initially very happy that his family is now living in the country, until tragedy strikes when their toddler dies in a car accident.

Actor John Lithgrow takes on the role of their friendly neighbour, Jud Crandall, who shows them the forest or rather the misspelled "pet sematary".

Little do they know it contains the power to bring anything that was buried there back to life – enter the creepy.  

Lithgrow tells the audience in the trailer to the beat of some freaky drums: "It was a myth. Kids used to dare each other to go into the woods at night. They knew the power of that place. They feared it. Those woods belong to something else … The ground is bad…"

"It maybe just some crazy folk tale But there is something out in those woods. Something that brings things back. Sometimes dead is better." – Grim.

To add in the extra chill factor, it shows children masked as animals carrying a rather large cross through the woods…Oh – and their family cat is back from the dead.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Prepare yourself this April for what looks to be a terrifying watch.

And if you loved the smash hit, IT – this movie will probably be right up your alley. 

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If you suffer from a serious fear of clowns as a result of seeing IT as a child, you're most certainly not alone.

Ever since clapping eyes on Stephen King's crazed creation back in the early 90s, we've lived in terror of everything and anything clown-related.

So, it's fair to say we're not exactly clambering over each other for front-row seats to the new adaptation of the iconic movie… and yet we can't bear to miss out especially given Stephen King's recent seal of approval.

Commenting on the film starring Bill Skarsgard, the hugely popular horror writer admitted that he was taken aback by the calibre of the movie, saying: "I had hopes, but I was not prepared for how good it really was."

"It’s something that’s different, and at the same time, it’s something that audiences are gonna relate to," he added.

And for the cynics who doubt the quality of the scares, Stephen insists that the calibre lies in the audience's connection with the characters.

"To me, it’s all about character. If you like the characters… if you care… the scares generally work. I’m sure my fans will enjoy the movie. I think they’re gonna really enjoy the movie."

Enjoy is a strong word, we'd go with 'endure'.

 

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