When you think about, getting willingly frightened is a weird and slightly perverse fascination.
It’s like those people who love going to haunted houses and being chased around farms by people dressed as weirdos. Why would you want to do it?
I just can’t really get my head around people who love horror in general – for me there’s no pleasure in being terrified.
Which is exactly why a) I won’t be going to see IT: Chapter Two and why b) I won’t be going to this IT: Chapter Two immersive experience.
Pennywise is a big, ol’ scary clown and Stephen King’s nightmare-inducing creation is coming to the UK for actual immersive experience based on the American author’s novel.
The free ‘experience’ will come to London to coincide with the release date of the new sequel, and will run through the underground network of tunnels and rooms at The Vaults in Waterloo. Honestly, it sounds every bit as terrifying as the titular villain.
Although I think I’m going to send Hook writer Alfie Powell – he goes to Waterloo every day to catch his train and he hates stuff like this – it’s perfect.
IT Chapter 2: The Vaults Experience spans over 11,000 square feet of bespoke sets built into the vast underground maze of disused railway tunnels, and will let ticket holders follow in the footsteps of The Losers Club.
Running for five days from 31st August – 4th September, the experience will combine nine themed areas where visitors will be able to immerse themselves in the chilling world of Pennywise the clown, and the dark fictional town of Derry (where it’s set) recreating iconic scenes with strobe lighting, flashing images and headphones, while offering guests a sneak preview of some clips from the new movie.
I mean if you’re around London and a fan of IT then admittedly this does sound pretty neat.
Tickets for the experience are free and will be available to get here from 9am on 6th August.
This comes after Andy Muschietti – the director of the upcoming sequel – has revealed that IT: Chapter 2 will have a runtime of two hours and 45 minutes, making it a pretty long film indeed; especially for a horror.
Speaking with various press outlets, Muschietti explained his creative process that led to the final version of the film:
“A movie is very different when you’re writing the script and you’re building a story compared to what the final product is.
“At the beginning, when you’re writing and building the beats of the story, everything that you put in there seems very essential to the story.
However, when you have the movie finally edited and it’s four hours long, you realise that some of the events and some of the beats can be easily lifted but the essence of the story remains intact.
You cannot deliver a four hour movie because people will start to feel uncomfortable – no matter what they see – but we ended up having a movie that is 2 hours and 45 minutes, and the pacing is very good.
Nobody who’s seen the movie has had any complaint.”
Well there’s always people who want more and with that, producer Barbara Muschietti revealed:
“We will put out a director’s cut because this time it definitely merits it.
We have some amazing scenes that didn’t make it into the movie. You have to make choices sometimes and some things cannot be in this theatrical release but are definitely worthy of people seeing them at a later date.”
Fair play to everyone brave enough to watch the sequel and visit the immersive experience.
You’ve got bigger balls than me.
Images via New Line Cinema