How ‘It: Chapter Two’ Handles the Book’s Infamous Hate-Crime Scene

How ‘It: Chapter Two’ Handles the Book’s Infamous Hate-Crime Scene
There’s a moment in Stephen King’s 1986 novel “It” that’s a bit of a challenge, and looking back on King’s efforts from the ’70s and ’80s, it’s easy to see how head-on the horror author handled topics such as race and homosexuality. Director Muschietti hopes to reclaim an element of the story that’s gotten lost along the way. Slight spoilers ahead for “It: Chapter Two.”

One of the characters in the novel, Adrian Mellon, is a young gay man, played in Muschietti’s follow-up film by Canadian auteur Xavier Dolan (who’s also openly gay himself). Adrian meets a horribly cruel fate when he’s assaulted by a group of bigots while out with his boyfriend after a carnival. He’s badly beaten, tossed off a bridge and into the water, where he’s killed by Pennywise the Clown.

This hate-crime scene was ignored entirely
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