Warning: Major spoilers ahead!
1.The death of Adrian Mellon — the man who’s beaten and thrown over the bridge by homophobic Derry locals — is meant to show Pennywise’s pure evil influence on others (in this case the Derry locals) even while he is hibernating.
And, in case you’re wondering, this is a major scene in the book — it was inspired by the real life murder of Charlie Howard in Bangor, Maine in 1984.
2.The person directing Bill’s movie The Attic Room is Peter Bogdanovich (presumably just playing himself, since he’s called “Peter”).
Bogdanovich famously directed The Last Picture Show, which is frequently referenced in King’s novel Lisey’s Story (it’s the main character’s favorite film).
3.And The Attic Room is being filmed on a Warner Bros. stage — the studio behind It Chapter Two.
Although the movie actually filmed at Pinewood Studios in Toronto, Canada.
4.Adult Eddie’s wife Myra is played by the same actor who plays his mom as well, Molly Atkinson.
In the book, she’s described as a reflection of Eddie’s mother.
5.One of the people working for adult Ben in the boardroom scene is actor Brandon Crane, who played young Ben Hanscom in the 1990 miniseries.
A kind of “fake out” for fans of the OG adaptation.
6.Stanley is working on a bird jigsaw puzzle when he gets the call from Mike — birds are very connected to Mike in the book.
In the book, It appears in the form of a giant bird to Mike and he has bad memories of a crow pecking him as an infant.
7.And birds appear again during Mike’s flashback where he learned about Its true form and arrival billions of years ago.
Another callback to his deep fears.
8.Once the adult Losers arrive in Derry, they never change their clothes.
Of course, their clothes look just a LITTLE worse for wear by the end.
9.The underside of Dean’s (the kid Bill tries to save) skateboard has the same iconic pattern as the carpet from the Overlook Hotel in Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of The Shining.
It’s a little hard to see, but if you know to look for it…you can spot it.
10.The bar/lounge inside the Derry Townhouse has a nautical theme and is decorated with a lot of miniature sailboats — a nod to Georgie’s paper boat.
You’ll float too!!!
11.There’s an old Pennywise the Dancing Clown poster in the background of Mike’s attic apartment.
The same one used to advertise the It Chapter Two Experience earlier this year (of course, in the movie, it wasn’t advertising the Experience).
12.Mike also has a picture of Derry’s famous Standpipe on his table — it’s the same one that was featured on the postcard Ben gave Beverly in the first movie.
The water tank features more prominently in the book and was based on the Thomas Hill Standpipe in King’s hometown of Bangor, Maine.
13.In the flashbacks at the clubhouse, Eddie has a T-shirt with an evil car on it, a reference to King’s book Christine.
He wore this same shirt in Chapter One, too.
14.And Christine’s license plate (CQB 241) from Carpenter’s adaptation hangs above the counter in the Secondhand Rose thrift shop.
BTW, Stephen King’s cameo in this scene is credited as “Shopkeeper”, but in the book the store is run by a character named Daniel Dalton. Also, fun fact: Roses, or specifically a rose, play a major role in King’s Dark Tower series.
15.During Ben’s flashback at school, you can see a turtle on the teacher’s desk (the image below is of a Lego turtle from Chapter One).
In the book, there’s a giant, billions-of-years-old, supernatural turtle known as Maturin who advises Bill. Maturin is one of twelve Guardians of the Beams that support the Dark Tower (from King’s The Dark Tower series), which is at the center of all worlds.
16.And when Pennywise, as Beverly, says, “Kiss me fatboy!” That’s a reference to the 1990 TV miniseries.
17.The film’s director, Andy Muschietti, makes a brief cameo in the pharmacy during Eddie’s flashback.
This image is from Chapter One, but it’s basically the same shot.
18.In the newspaper clipping of the fire that Mike’s parents died in, the words “IT” can be seen in the smoke above the building.
19.In the funhouse, the swinging clown puppets resemble Pennywise from the original It TV miniseries.
The makeup and nose are so similar!
20.You can see the words: “Big is what it seems” when Beverly is stuck inside the bathroom stall during the battle with It…
A subconscious hint about how the Losers’ will overcome It???
21.…the words, “Hate Clown” can also be seen.
22.You hear Henry Bowers yell, “Heeeere’s Johnny” when Beverly is fighting to keep the stall door closed — another nod to The Shining.
23.The scary legs that dance towards Richie and Eddie are Betty Ripson’s legs. (One of the teens who was killed by Pennywise in Chapter One.)
They’re even credited at the end of the movie.
24.When Pennywise reveals Mike lied to the group, Richie yells, “Are you fucking kidding me, Mike?!” — That’s Bill Hader’s personal in-joke reference to John Carpenter’s adaptation of The Thing.
In The Thing, the actual line goes, “You’ve got to be fucking kidding.”
25.When It is dying, one of its eyes is blue, and the other is yellow.
26.Bill has Mike’s cell phone number actally saved under his name at the end of the movie.
At the beginning of the movie, when Mike calls everyone, the number “207-159-4557”, just shows up. BTW, “207” is really Maine’s area code. And, yes, I called the number…it doesn’t work.
27.And finally the book on Mike’s desk at the end of the movie, A History of Derry, is written by Branson Buddinger, which is an actual character in the novel.
It’s also the same book Ben reads at the library in It Chapter One.
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