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Easter Eggs You Missed In It: Chapter Two

Easter Eggs You Missed In It: Chapter Two

It: Chapter 2 has finally pranced into theaters,
bringing the long, bloody saga of the Losers Club to a close. But we’re not leaving the circus just yet. With a nearly three-hour runtime and a thousand
page book to reference, there were bound to be plenty of Easter eggs in It: Chapter 2. Here are the ones you might have missed. It: Chapter 2 had a lot of catching up to
do. While the first film focused exclusively on
the kids, this one had the dual job of both introducing the adult versions of the Losers
and making you believe that they really could be those children all grown up. When we’re introduced to adult Ben Hanscom,
we see a board room with a bunch of men arguing over the model of a building. After the camera slides over the room, it
finally focuses on one man. It’s Ben! Except…it’s not. Ben, as portrayed by Jay Ryan, is on a Skype
call with everybody in that room. But it’s a double fake-out, because that first
guy was Ben all grown up. Confused? See, that actor was Brandon Crane, who played
Ben Hanscom in the 1990 miniseries. In a story all about childhood, loss of childhood,
and facing the fears of your childhood, giving an actor the chance to play both a child and
an adult in an adaptation of It is basically poetry. Speaking of cameos, there was a special one
that fans of Stephen King probably noticed, but which might have flown over the heads
of casual viewers. No, not the one where director Andy Muschietti
appeared in the background when Eddie visits the Derry pharmacy. We’re talking, of course, about King himself. The horror auteur showed up as the owner of
Secondhand Rose, the thrift store where Bill finds Silver, his childhood bike. Like King’s portrayal in the film, the proprietor
in the novel is kind of a jerk. “Sonny! Come on over here, sugar buns.” But that’s not the end. In the film, the shopkeeper has a copy of
Bill’s book Attic Room on his desk. After Bill notices the book, King repeats
what everyone else says about Bill’s books: he doesn’t like the ending. It’s a joke that’s overused in the movie,
but hearing the criticism coming from King himself is a pretty great nod to the fact
that a whole lot of readers don’t like the endings of King’s books. Because let’s face it: they’re not always
great. One character the films leave out entirely
is Maturin, an ancient intergalactic turtle that sort of helps the Losers defeat It during
round one of their face-off. In the climactic scene in the kids’ timeline,
Bill performs the Ritual of Chud with Pennywise and ends up soaring through a cosmic realm
beyond space and time, at which point he encounters a big ol’ turtle. Maturin comes from the same dimension as the
being known as It, and in fact created our world by puking it out when he had indigestion. So…good thing the Macroverse doesn’t have
Pepto Bismol. While neither of the It films have dared to
quite go into that level of cosmic craziness, they’ve definitely dropped a few turtle Easter
eggs. It: Chapter 1 put a Lego turtle in Georgie’s
room, as well as a mention of a turtle at the quarry where the kids go swimming. In Chapter 2, we see a model of a turtle at
Derry Elementary when Ben revisits the school to find his token. Are there more scattered around the film? We wouldn’t be surprised. In an effort to double down on Bill’s guilt
at not being able to save his little brother, Chapter 2 also brings in another kid named
Dean to die right in front of Bill despite his best efforts to save him. The kid shows up three times in the film,
but in the novel he only appears once, when Bill is wandering around Derry and revisits
the old sewer opening where Georgie became Pennywise’s lunch. Bill notices the kid with his skateboard and
urges him to stay away from the sewers because there are killer clowns afoot. If you pay close attention to the underside
of Dean’s skateboard, you can see that, although it’s a little roughed up, it once had the
same design as the Overlook Hotel’s carpet in Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of The Shining. When the adult Losers finally track Pennywise
down to its underground lair and totally flub the Ritual of Chud, the clown gets them all
to scatter. One by one, they all relive a twisted, surreal
version of their childhood fears. Beverly’s nightmare takes on the form of a
stall in a school bathroom, one that looks a lot like the one where she got trash dumped
on her in the beginning of the first film. To her, the stall clearly symbolizes some
sort of cage, because her tormentors from over the years begin trying to burst through
the door to taunt her. They all have something relevant to say except
crazy Henry Bowers, who jams his head into the gap and simply shouts the most iconic
line from The Shining: “Here’s Johnny.” Tim Curry’s rendition of Pennywise in the
1990 miniseries sent many a kid to bed with nightmares of toothy clowns coming out of
the locker room drain. Yeah, it’s a little goofy these days, but
you can only do so much with a made-for-TV special effects budget. While it’s not the most fondly remembered
Stephen King adaptation, the 1990 version of It definitely has its own place in history. For about 27 years, Tim Curry was the definitive
creepy clown, and no modern adaptation worth its salted kid meat is going to ignore it
completely. In It: Chapter 1, we got to see a clown with
a striking resemblance to Tim Curry’s Pennywise in the scene where Richie explores the house
on Neibolt Street. And in the sequel, we got even more nods to
the miniseries. For starters, one of the most iconic lines
made a return in the 2019 film. During the flashback of young Ben Hanscom
hiding from It in his locker after trying to kiss Beverly, Pennywise pops up with one
of the most well-known taunts from the 1990 version. You know the one. “Kiss me, fat boy.” And at the Canal Days festival, Bill chases
a young boy into a clown-themed funhouse and runs into a room full of swinging clown bags. Look closely, and you can see that those clowns
have the same pattern as the outfit from Curry’s Pennywise, right down to the orange pom poms
and curvy eyebrows. Stephen King’s novel spent multiple chapters
hammering home the point that although the Losers grew up physically, they each carried
remnants of their childhood into adulthood with them. In Eddie’s case, he grew up into a man who
couldn’t quite bear to leave his mother behind. So he married her. Okay, not literally, but Eddie’s wife Myra
is physically, and sometimes spiritually, a doppelganger of his mother. She’s big, needy, domineering, and fixated
on her husband’s welfare to the point of emotionally traumatizing him. Just like mom! “My mom will have an aneurysm, okay, if she
finds out we’re playing down here. I’m serious.” In It: Chapter 2, we only saw Myra Kaspbrak
briefly, but sharp-eyed viewers may have noticed a very, very specific detail. Namely, she’s portrayed by the same actress
who plays Eddie’s mother in both films, Molly Atkinson. So if you got a weird feeling in your stomach
thinking that Eddie’s wife looked a little too much like his mom, you weren’t wrong. If you had to name two mainstream horror authors
from the past few decades, chances are you’d be quick to come up with two names: Stephen
King, and Dean Koontz. Both are prolific writers, and both have been
writing published fiction for about the same length of time. Obviously, the two authors have taken notice
of each other over the years, and while they probably don’t have the kind of rivalry fans
think they do, they haven’t been averse to taking shots at each other over the years. Maybe that’s why King wrote Koontz into It
as an orderly at Juniper Hill Asylum who watches over an incarcerated Henry Bowers. That scene where he’s introduced involves
an observation from the perspective of Henry Bowers that, quote, “Koontz is the worst.” In It: Chapter 2, Koontz is alive and well,
with an especially fitting appearance. He’s an employee at Juniper Hill, and you
can spot him in the film as the guard watching a dog video on his phone when Henry Bowers
breaks out. Because of course he is. “Dogs are magical. They’re a lot more magical than elves.” In the book and, to a lesser extent, It: Chapter
1, It often takes the shape of movie monsters to terrify the kids. Ben Hanscom is scared of The Mummy, while
Richie’s fears take the form of the hairy shapeshifter from I Was a Teenage Werewolf
and the oozing peeper from a 1958 creature feature called The Crawling Eye. Because who wouldn’t be scared of that? But with updated times come updated scares,
and it appears that these ’80s kids found some new monster movies to be scared of. Something like John Carpenter’s 1982 horror
masterpiece The Thing. For a refresher, The Thing is about a shapeshifting
alien that plagues a research team in Antarctica. It can take the form of anything it infects,
but it has to go through hideous transformations to get there. In one of It: Chapter 2’s more memorable scares,
Richie, Bill, and Eddie come across Stan’s decapitated head in a fridge inside the house
at 29 Neibolt Street. Almost immediately, the head grows a bunch
of freaky spider legs and Richie says, “You gotta be f—-ing kidding me.” It’s a fitting tribute to the scene in Carpenter’s
horror fest, which sees one of the researchers lose his head to the tentacled monstrosity,
after which Palmer says, you guessed it: “You gotta be f—-ing kidding.” Later, The Thing seemingly gets referenced
once again when that adorable Pomeranian behind the “Not Scary” door shows up and turns into
a twisted dog mutant that looks a lot like the dog that got infected in The Thing. Probably the creepiest sequence in the 2017
film was when the kids go exploring in the house on Neibolt Street and run into a variety
of clown-flavored horror spectacles. Certainly the most memorable segment from
that sees Richie and Bill faced with the “Scary doors.” Thinking on their feet, they first run to
the door labeled “Not Scary At All,” and find that, surprise, it’s pretty scary. Inside they see one of the missing girls hanging
by her hands with everything below her waist missing. “Where the f— were her legs?” Well, it takes 27 years, but Richie eventually
finds those legs. When they’re back in the Neibolt house as
adults, Richie again comes up against the three scary doors, and the first one he opens
reveals a pair of torso-less legs skipping towards him. Guess it goes to show: be careful what you
wish for. Technically, this Easter egg breaks through
the universe of the film and into our world, which is even creepier. Okay, so it’s not that creepy, but it’s still
pretty cool. Most King fans know that he’s big on the number
27, and It in particular uses the number as a main plot point; Pennywise comes back every
27 years. It makes sense then that It: Chapter 2 saw
a release date of September 6, 2019. If you break 9/6/2019 down number by number,
all the digits add up to 27. That’s not a coincidence, either. It: Chapter 1, released on September 8, 2017,
follows the same formula: all the digits in the date 9/8/2017 equal exactly 27 as well. Add to that the fact that the first film was
released 27 years after the 1990 miniseries, and, well, things are starting to get a little
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