A few decades ago we’d often get three or four different Stephen King adaptations a year in theaters and on television, and 2019 feels like a throwback because it’s got so many new ones: “It Chapter Two,” In the Tall Grass,” “Pet Sematary,” season 2 of “Castle Rock,” and “Doctor Sleep.” That’s a lot of Stephen King things.
Based on the adult-focused parts of Stephen King’s iconic novel, “It Chapter Two” takes place 27 years after the first film. The Losers Club, now adults who have gone their separate ways, reluctantly reunite in Derry to fulfill the blood oath they made to each other and finish off the evil Pennywise once and for all. Director/writer pair Andy Muschietti and Gary Dauberman return, with James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, James Ransone and Andy Bean playing the older versions of the Losers Club members.
With this being the end of the epic story and all that, you might wonder what could be the purpose of a mid- or post-credits scene on “It Chapter Two.” There’s no reason to believe that a third “It” movie would ever be made, but many of the works of Stephen King are part of a shared universe, “It” among them. What better place to launch like a Stephen King Cinematic Universe than with the biggest adaptation of his books that there’s ever been?
Not all post-credits scenes exist to tease future movies, also. Sometimes filmmakers include them just for fun. As was the case with “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again,” for example.
Unfortunately for fans hoping for any extra content after the credits have stopped rolling, “It Chapter Two” has no post-credits or mid-credits scene.
Once the credits start rolling, the movie is over with no extra content remaining. While we do always encourage moviegoers to hang around for the credits on any movie in appreciation for the work of the hundreds or thousands of people who helped bring the movie you just watched to life, you won’t risk missing anything by heading to the bathroom or just leaving if you have to.
All 44 Stephen King Movies, Ranked Worst to Best (Photos)
Where does “Doctor Sleep” place among the many big-screen adaptations of the horror master’s work?
Stephen King isn't just an author by this point: He's an institution, a legacy of classic horror stories that capture our imaginations, fuel our nightmares, and speak -- when he's at his best -- to our shared experiences as flawed, emotional beings. The best King stories scare so many of us that we all feel connected, and even the worst are usually pretty fun.
King's books and short stories quickly became hit movies, many of them celebrated in their time, and some flopped so hard that hardly anybody remembers them. Cataloguing every adaptation might be a fool's errand, so we made some tough choices and decided to focus only on his theatrical releases.
And even then, there are so many King adaptations that it gets tricky. The sequels to King's work rarely have anything to do with the source material, so they're all disqualified (even though some, like Larry Cohen's prescient anti-fascist monster drama "A Return to Salem's Lot," are genuinely interesting). We also cut King some slack and removed "The Lawnmower Man" from our watch list, since he fought to have his own name removed from the film and won.
(There are also some adaptations that are simply difficult to find in America, like the Indian adaptions of "Misery" and "Quitter's, Inc." -- "Julie Ganapathi" and "No Smoking" -- but we tried. We promise we tried.)
Even with all those caveats we felt one particular film deserved a quasi-official, honorable mention. Before we rank into every theatrically-released Stephen King adaptation let's give out one honorable mention...