I hate clowns, because like most people of my generation, I watched the original It at a friend’s birthday party when I was about 13. I’d read the book already, which was also kind of scary, but Tim Curry in a drain was the stuff of legit nightmares. For weeks, I couldn’t be in a bathroom without first plugging up the sink and bath, just in case, and even now, more than 20 years later, I’m viscerally repulsed by red balloons.

You kids today don’t even know. But you will.

Warner Bros. has dropped the first trailer for its two-part remake of the movie, starring Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise the Dancing Clown. I didn’t think anybody could be more terrifying than Tim Curry. I was wrong.

Unlike the ’50s setting of the original novel and the 1990 film, this new version of It starts in the ’80s, pushing up to the present day in the second part when the (surviving) protagonists are grown up. Big Stranger Things vibes, but that’s not exactly surprising.

It’s creeping out of the sewers in September.

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