Float on down. We're going deep into the sewers to dig up all the Easter eggs and references you might've missed in It: Chapter Two. Now is your last chance to turn back, because there are plenty of spoilers and scares ahead.
Stephen King's stories are often connected through their New England locations as well as their monsters. It takes place in Derry, Maine, and the book often references the nearby town of Castle Rock, where multiple works by King are set, including his novella "The Body" and its movie adaptation, Stand By Me. These two stories are also connected through their focus on friendship, childhood trauma, and the end of innocence as groups of kids are forced to confront dark forces around them, both supernatural and human.
At the end of Stand By Me, Gordie LaChance is finishing the last lines of his memoir, inspired by the news of his childhood best friend's death. His office has dark wood paneling and a wall of books around him, as well as a picture window looking out onto the front yard. In It: Chapter Two, Bill's office is a replica of Gordie's, albeit with a sleek laptop rather than a clunky 1980s home computer. And like in Stand By Me, Bill is working on his own book about childhood.
1986's Stand By Me was the film that gave Stephen King a reputation for more than his horror stories. It also helped catapult young actors River Phoenix, Wil Wheaton, Corey Feldman, and Jerry O'Connell to stardom in film and television. Keep watching the video to see all the small details you missed in It: Chapter Two!
Stand By Me | 0:13
Director cameo | 1:04
Dark Tower signage | 1:48
The Amana fridge | 2:37
I Heart Derry | 3:18
You've got mail | 4:06
The Bradley Gang is back | 4:58