What draws It Chapter Two's Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy to horror

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.
Based on the 1986 Stephen King book It, It Chapter Two stars James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain.
Based on the 1986 Stephen King book It, It Chapter Two stars James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain.PHOTO: AP

SAN DIEGO - 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$976 million).

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