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Director Andy Muschietti is determined to make sure that IT: Chapter Two, the most recent adaptation of Stephen King's seminal novel ITisn't just a regular horror movie. He told AFP that he's making sure the film is “connected to the times that we live in.”

In doing so, he connected the primary antagonist, the terrifying Pennywise the Clown, to President Donald Trump and certain other world leaders. The comparison doesn't come through looks or words, but through tactics.

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With just one theatrical release, the first quarter of 2018 proved to be a significant success for horror movie fans. Helmed, written by, and starring John Krasinski from The Office, A Quiet Place snuck into theaters and walked away with a debut box office total of more than $50 million, making it the second biggest debut of the year behind Black Panther. Toward the end of its third week in theaters, the movie had earned more than $213 million.

Despite being in a genre that doesn’t often get box office pull and critical praise, A Quiet Place was pegged as an “extraordinary piece of work” by the king of horror, Stephen King, and continues to hover around a 95% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. In response to Krasinski’s horror masterpiece, Paramount announced at CinemaCon 2018 that it was moving ahead with a sequel.

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