Clowns on the Brain
IT came out two weeks ago. I’ve already reviewed it. Yet it–sorry, IT–refuses to get out of the headlines. It may get pushed aside this week, with the limited release of the controversial, piss-your-pants-it’s-so-good JEEPERS CREEPERS 3. But not yet. We’ve got the news that the second installment of IT will be released to theaters on September 6th, 2019. We’ve got Stephen King himself commenting on the controversial orgy scene present in the book but thankfully lacking in the movie. We’ve even got IT being rendered as anime! This is the definition of cultural saturation.
Just how much have clowns invaded the zeitgeist and ortgeist? A fitting example is the case of the nutjob who, for reasons yet to be revealed, walked into a church in Nashville, Tennessee this past week and started shooting. We now know that the nutjob is a former member of that church, and that he was wearing a neoprene facemask like hunters or bicyclists wear at the time of the crime. However, it was originally–and falsely–reported that the shooter was dressed in a clown costume. This last testifies to the way the clown has sunk its claws into the collective psyche, the degree to which it has established itself in our communal nightmares. I’m sure the new season of AMERICAN HORROR STORY, which is rife with clowns, including the infamous but loveable Twisty, and IT’s sinister Pennywise, will do nothing to ease the collective coulrophobia of modern humanity.
Are YOU afraid of clowns?