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Parents say the new ‘It: Chapter Two’ posters are terrifying their children

The film will hit theaters on Friday. But the poster is already making headlines.

Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise in “IT.”
Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise in “IT.”
Brooke Palmer, Warner Bros. Pictures

SALT LAKE CITY — Parents across the U.S. and world have expressed concern over the new posters from “It: Chapter Two.”

The new posters shows Pennywise the Clown smiling with red paint (or, er, blood) dripping down his face. The poster promotes the new “It” sequel, which tells the story of Pennywise’s return after 27 years in hiding.

The film will hit theaters on Friday. But the poster is already making headlines.

“It just totally freaks them out,” Brisbane mother Kellie told 9news.

Kellie told 9News that the poster gave her daughters nightmares.

“I get really scared because it’s hard to go to bed when you have a scary picture in your mind,” her daughter, Piper, told 9News. ”Before I go to bed, I have to check the whole room. And when I finally go to bed I will wake up after a nightmare.”

Another mother, Jane Swan, said the same thing to 9News.

“Some people do enjoy going to horror movies and that’s fine and that’s their choice, and I understand that, but we’re not choosing to see this poster.”

According to BuzzFeed, a mother filed a complaint against the film for sharing the posters since the MA15+ rating is banned in some places.

The film is rated R in the United States.