The Hunger Games return with such a sequel twist that you can't believe writer Suzanne Collins didn't think of film when writing. Catching Fire builds up with all types of subversive messaging which is interesting but also brings into relief the limitations of the genre and film.
Seven friends battled an ancient evil 30 years ago, but it is back and once more killing children in their old hometown. They must band together once again to take care of the evil clown Pennywise once and for all. Made for TV miniseries, lasting over two nights.
Children have been mysteriously disappearing in the town of Derry for centuries but only a group of seven friends knows why. An ancient evil, one that often assumes the form of a diabolical clown named Pennywise, dwells there and its evil infects all those surrounding it. After "The Losers Club" (Richie, Eddie, Stanley, Beverly, Mike, Bill and Ben) battled the creature as children they swore they would join forces again if it ever returned. Mike Hanlon remained in the town and has been following a recent wave of cases eerily similar to those he saw thirty years prior. He puts the call out to his six friends, reminding them of the horrible traumatic events that exist in their childhoods. The members of the club gather once more, and decide its time to conquer their fears and restore peace and order to the town of Derry once and for all.
Hiya, I'll kill all of you!
Additional Plot Details
The character Bill Denbrough has a very personal history with the evil Pennywise as his young brother Georgie was one of the first victims in the wave of attacks thirty years ago. He has channeled the fears from that time into his writing, as he is now a successful horror author much like Stephen King, the author of the novel this film is based on.
Eddie Kaspbrak was raised by an extremely strict mother, who often insisted he not spend time with his friends due to fear of germs. In fact, his athsma is entirely an invention of his mother, as his puffer only contains water and is more of a placebo treatment for the boy's symptoms. An elderly pharmacist once tried to inform him of this, but Eddie fled, refusing to believe his mother had lied to him all his life. As an adult, Eddie still lives with his mother and is extremely shy and introverted. It is revealed towards the end of the film that Eddie is a virgin, having never met anyone outside his circle of friends from Derry that he would consider worth loving.
Beverly Marsh was also raised by a somewhat strict parent, her single father routinely verbally abused her as he felt she was spending far to much time with the local boys. Her relationship with the other members of "The Losers Club" is somewhat strange, as she dates Richie while always suspecting Ben is the true author of a love poem she received shortly after he started attending the local school. True love reigns in the end as she finally expresses her feelings for Ben, finds them to be mutual and the two get married shortly following the final encounter with Pennywise. She is extremely accurate with a slingshot, scoring a perfect ten out of ten targets hit, and is therefore elected as the person to fire the silver earrings at Pennywise.
Mike Hanlon was the last member to join "The Losers Club", accidentally running into one of their meetings while fleeing from the local bullies, headed by Henry Bowers who has been the bane of several club members existance for some time. They seem to target Mike solely because of his race, hurling crude insults at him and threatening to steal a collection of family photos that chronicle the history of the town. Fortunately, the other club members rush to Mike's defense and quickly induct him as a member. Mike is the only one to have lived in Derry all his life, investigating the mysterious disappearances whenever he has time away from his job at the local library. About ten years prior to the start of the film, it is revealed that Mike had some suicidal thoughts and went back to the old lair of Pennywise wanting to die. Instead he found the silver earrings the club had used to battle Pennywise decades earlier, keeping them in case they ever cross his path again.
Richie Tozier went on to become a successful comedian, suitable given his reputation as a bit of a clown all throughout school. He is one of the less enthusiastic members of the group upon their reunion, constantly threatening to leave due to the craziness that seems to happen whenever Pennywise is around. For him, Pennywise took the form of a werewolf, due to fears developed by horror movies. This leads the club to choose silver as their weapon against the evil clown, which luckily works out.
Stanley Uris was the last member of the group to have an encounter with Pennywise as a child. Some time after their battle with him, Stanley was bird watching and heard a strange voice coming from an abandoned house. He entered, only to see what appeared to be a mummified version of the clown coming down the stairs. He got his fear under control by reciting the names of his favorite birds, enabling him to get a hold of himself and flee the area. Bill encountered the rattled Stanley soon afterward and gave him a ride on his bike away from the house. Stanley relayed what happened to BIll but this was one of the many memories Bill suppressed upon leaving. Stanley also had a close encounter with Pennywise's true form during their initial battle, resulting in harsher mental scarring on him than the other kids. As a result, he took the news of the return of Pennywise the worst, slashing his wrists shortly after Mike's call.
Ben Hanscom is a successful architect in his adult life and has also suppressed many of the memories of Pennywise. He was bullied due to his weight as a kid but has since gotten into shape after being verbally abused by one of his gym coaches. He lives with his aunt now as his father died during the Korean War and his Mom doesn't have the means to support him. He does not get along with his cousin, who makes fun of him when discovering the love poem he wrote for Beverly. He does indeed deliver this poem, which Beverly appreciates, but she is chewed out by her father immediately after receiving it, kind of stealing the magic out of this moment. The poem would go unclaimed for thirty years until their reunion to battle Pennywise for the last time.
Pennywise himself is actually some kind of ancient demon, which has the ability to read people's thoughts and take the form of their biggest fears. He requires this fear in order to have any real power, however, as long a person has the will and courage to stand up to him, his abilities are limited. He returns to Derry every 30 years, dates which correspond to local disasters. As seen in the film, his true form is a gigantic spider of sorts, which cocoons the people he abducts in a large cave attached to the sewer system down by the Barrens. He has a glowing underbelly that is his weakness, one exploited by Beverly's expert slingshot abilities. In the novel the true form of the creature is intended to be incomprehensibly terrifying, much like the creatures typifying H.P. Lovecraft's written works, but something needed to appear on film and "big, weird spider thing" is the result.