Jessica Chastain Says IT Chapter Two Has Record Breaking Amounts Of Blood

Pennywise and his red balloon

Given the horror story and the gory nature of the first film, it was always basically guaranteed that IT Chapter Two would be a bloody movie. But it may be even more horrific than we previously thought because Jessica Chastain, who plays the adult Beverly Marsh, has teased an intriguing tidbit that is sure to pique the interest of horror fans: IT Chapter Two will have record breaking amounts of blood. She explained:

I’m gonna say something and I think I’m gonna be in trouble but I’m gonna do it. It might be a spoiler, but in the movie there’s a scene that someone said on set that it’s the most blood that’s ever been in a horror film in a scene. The next day I was pulling [fake] blood out of my eyeballs.

I don’t know if there’s any official authority that tracks how much blood is used and maintains the rankings of bloodiest scenes in horror movies (there should be!), or even how such a thing would be measured (Liters? Pints? Gallons?). What is clear though from Jessica Chastain’s comments is that IT Chapter Two contains a super bloody scene, the bloodiest she and the people she worked with had ever seen or been a part of.

That is very intriguing because there have certainly been tons of ultra-bloody horror movies and scenes before. Even in 2017’s IT, there was the unbelievably bloody scene that took place in Beverly Marsh’s bathroom. So it is intriguing to hear Jessica Chastain indicate that this film may outdo that. And given that she was picking out fake blood from her eyeballs the next day, it sounds like Beverly Marsh will again be a part of it (she should really just wear a poncho at all times at this point).

Jessica Chastain was worried that her comments on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon might constitute a spoiler and those who have read Stephen King’s book can probably make some guesses at what scene this might be. Of course this film, like its predecessor, will omit certain things from that tome and change others. Although it may be more faithful overall and will contain one of the book's most shocking scenes.

All Jessica Chastain has really spoiled so far is that there will be blood, a lot of it, in IT Chapter Two. Even if it is a bit spoilerish, I kind of think that it is really just a huge selling point for the movie to horror fans. Now audiences will be entering the theater and watching IT Chapter Two eagerly anticipating this hyped scene. It has to deliver, of course, but the first film certainly did.

The nice thing about the use of blood, at least in the first IT, is that it was used in a selective fashion. Not every scary moment has a ton of blood. That makes it so that when the blood does finally flow, it is far more effective at being both shocking and terrifying, as was the case with the scene in Beverly's bathroom.

IT Chapter Two opens in theaters on September 6. Steel yourself and maybe don’t eat beforehand. Check out our 2019 release schedule to keep track of all of the movies headed your way this year.

Nick Evans

Nick grew up in Maryland has degrees in Film Studies and Communications. His life goal is to walk the earth, meet people and get into adventures. He’s also still looking for The Adventures of Pete and Pete season 3 on DVD if anyone has a lead.