Warner Bros has released a featurette for their new take on Stephen King’s classic novel IT, which introduces the heroes of the story: The Losers’ Club. While Pennywise the Dancing Clown may be the most iconic character from IT, the story is really about a group of friends who manage to overcome their own fears to take down the evil force stalking their town.

Stephen King is no stranger to this type of tale and has returned to the themes of childhood friendships, traumas and loss of innocence many times. Probably the most famous example would be The Body, his short novella that was later adapted into the classic coming of age film Stand By Me. This was also a major element of his alien invasion novel Dreamcatcher – though the subsequent movie adaptation didn’t quite turn into a classic.

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Stephen King Introduces IT Movie’s Losers’ Club in New Video