Hollywood's horror renaissance

It Chapter Two, which opens in Singapore on Sept 5, is the sequel to 2017's It, the highest-grossing horror movie of all time. Actors James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain tell The Straits Times why they took it on.
(From left) Actors Jessica Chastain, Isaiah Mustafa and Jay Ryan in It Chapter Two.
(From left) Actors Jessica Chastain, Isaiah Mustafa and Jay Ryan in It Chapter Two.PHOTO: WARNER BROS

The genre is now considered one of the most bankable and its most lucrative title this year may be It Chapter Two, whose stars say is more than a standard horror flick

Hollywood is hot for horror right now. Once written off as lowbrow, the genre has emerged as one of the most reliably bankable in recent years, often a bright spot at the box office and frequently winning over critics, too, as with the acclaimed films Get Out (2017) and A Quiet Place (2018).

This year, industry watchers believe the most lucrative scares may come from It Chapter Two - the sequel to 2017's It, the highest-grossing horror movie of all time with its worldwide takings of US$700 million (S$973 million).

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 05, 2019, with the headline 'Hollywood's horror renaissance'. Print Edition | Subscribe