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Will the new “IT” Movie, see a new wave of Creepy Clown sightings?

13 Jun

A subject not talked about on here for ages is that of the Clown sightings of the past few years. The worldwide craze started by the Northampton Clown, caused much fear and loathing in the community in the UK and US and started a viral sensation that now is but a distant memory.

September sees the release of the new version of Stephen King’s seminal horror, “IT” which I’m sure that we are all familiar with. The movie looks like something most fans of the horror genre will be looking forward to, but maybe not if you’re caulrophobia (Phobic of clowns) but the whole thing has got me thinking that while the whole craze is old hat now, we might be seeing a resurgence of such antics again once the movie has been released.

If you haven’t seen the trailer for the new film yet, where have you been? No longer will we see the great Tim Curry don the guise of the infamous “Pennywise the dancing clown”, but now Bill Skarsgard will play the evil alien entity who disguises itself as a variety of head fucks to feast on the young residents of the town of Derry.

For those of you who haven’t seen the trailer, here it is before we carry on with the discourse.

Looks ok, but the proof of the pudding will be seeing the movie in its entirety. It does look as if the movie will deal with the first part of the story (when they were kids) with a sequel in the works probably to carry on the second part of the story (when they are adults) and have to face “IT” once more to stop its reign of terror.

This aside, I’m pretty sure we are going to get the onslaught of clown sightings as a response to the movie’s release. There will always be some joker (get it?!) ready to put on the clown suit and mask and start scaring people for a variety of reasons, be it for publicity, for viral hits or simply to spite those who live in fear of clowns. This is a big issue, seriously bigger than you’d realise, some people really do have a proper fear of all things clown. the last time I blogged about them, at one point I received 160,000 hits in a day just on one post about the subject and over 100 private messages and emails! A real boost for my humble site stats for sure, but a real eye-opener in terms of how much this subject affects people’s lives and psyches.

I recently took my kids to the circus, myself hoping that the clown/s there would be creepy enough to entertain me (well, I’m not scared of clowns if you’re wondering) but what I ended up finding is that “real career clowns” if I can call them that, are somewhat watered down compared to the traditional idea, which for me at least was a bit disappointing!

What I will do here, is monitor the subject in the media over the course of the movie release, and what I find, I will blog about. One thing is assured this time, is that if my own area sees the return of the Doncaster Clown (or other pretenders to the title) I will try my best to get an interview with the guy, in fact, if there are any other regional clowns, I’ll also try to start up a conversation with them, just to see what motivates these folks to do what they do!

Who knows, I might end up making some clown related PDFs, minis or similar type stuff to cash in on the craze (well, if it happens) and the very least should help me shift some books!

Whatever happens, mark my words. The clowns will return, and I’ll be here to keep you up to date with the associated craziness that comes along with it! Let me know your thoughts and comments on the subject!

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Clown News: Creepy Staten Island clown, Manchester and Cambridge Clowns also on the loose!!

3 Apr

 

CLOWN NEWS

Here’s something I never thought I’d be revisting, but once again I’m back with more new Clown News, a feature that has been rather popular here on the Grinning Skull blog. Ok, so I thought as many did, that the clown craze was just a fad that had died out, but I was wrong.

Not to be out done by us Brits, across the pond, a familiar face seems to have taken a vacation to the US, and as you can plainly see, now the Staten Island area of NY has aquired their very own northampton clown lookie-likie! Could it be either that he’s taking a holiday, or that he has cloned (or should I say Clowned!) himself?

America beware, the clowns are coming!! (please note: this was trecently revealed as a publicity stunt, so still the UK seems the home of the creepy clowns!)

Creepy Staten Island clown spotted around borough, spooks residents  – NY Daily News.

Also back at the beginning of march, there was more clown madness in the North west of England, with even more reports of clowing around, another indication that things were far from over regarding creepy clown sightings…

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/bizarre-spate-clown-related-crimes-reported-6790126

And now there are reports of a new clown criminal on the scene, this time down south in Cambridge, will the craze ever stop? Everytime there seems to be a lull in the sightings, up pop more costumed weirdos! Full story on auntie beeb’s website here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-26838320

Even back in January, the MET revealed they were dealing with over a hundred clown related incidents…

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-25888992

Is this all an indication that we are about to see a resurgence of costumed chaos?

Only time will tell…..

 

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CLOWN NEWS: VIDEO: Is this the Doncaster Clown? Plus more sightings and round up.

20 Nov

Is this mystery creep, really the now infamous Doncaster clown? Many thanks to Maz and Brett for pointing me in the way of this video, posted recently on facebook. It was taken in the Rossington area, near the Hare & Tortoise pub, and quite clearly shows a very evil looking figure, which looks at first like a dummy, but as the video unfolds, it begins to move.

Although we can not substantiate this as being the actual doncaster clown in question, its a good candidate don’t you think? take a look for yourself and make your own mind up about its authenticity. i would love t have a screen grab of the clown in the video to show in the post heading, but alas, my programs elude me for the option, so if anyone out there could help me out with a good clear grab for further analysis, please let me know if you could help me out.

Click on the link below for the video (I couldn’t host it here)

Bish UltraMantis Massey | Facebook.

Sightings update:

Well, the response to the last clown news article has been absolutely batshit crazy, having recieved well over 100,000 hits here in the last day, it seems like there really is some meat on the bone of the various rumours of the latest spate of clown sightings (This could end up like a sport, clown spotting) with evil clown stalkers in not only Mansfield, and Chesterfield, but rumours of the prolific Doncaster Clown. The overall information is still pretty sketchy and mostly unconfirmed, so please bear that in mind and do treat every rumour with a pinch of salt until we can assertain real facts concerning this surreal phenomena. Indeed there is probably some truth to as and how the rumours started, but the more I dig, the stranger it all becomes.

We are also not alone in our town in the clown phenomenon, with news coming in with parts of Sheffield, Wakefield, Scunthorpe and others having copycat clowns as well. Looks as if the clown invasion has begun!

What I’d like to ask is that if you know anything regarding these sightings, or pics or video, please let me know and I’ll do my best to edit it all together here and keep a track of it (besides, most stuff about the Doncaster clown gets directed to here anyway) This way, you can take an objective look at any evidence  and make your own mind up about the whole thing!

What do we know (rumour wise):

I thought I’d put up what we have so far, again your input is greatly appreciated in the mystery clown rumour mill, just so those out there (and myself) who want to know just what the hell is going on about the weirdness. I want to concentrate on the most recent stuff (not the northampton clown or the carrick fergus ones that probably started the whole thing) instead the mystery surrounding the newer sightings as these may prove to be even more interesting and bizarre than the clown that started it!

There have been new clown sightings in the following parts of the Doncaster and surrounding area:

Further sightings of mystery clowns in the following additional areas:

  • Sheffield
  • Rotherham
  • Alvethorpe
  • Outwood
  • Wakefield
  • Scunthorpe
  • Skegness
  • Confirmed and documented sightings in Chesterfield and Mansfield

Witnesses or rumours reported to include the following details:

  • Tapping or knocking on windows and doors, or looking through windows (many sightings)
  • Skipping across roads or down streets.
  • Asking to clean/paint windows and sills.
  • Carrying items such as toys or baloons.
  • Two spotted at once (unconfirmed)
  • Trying to lure children from homes (unconfirmed)
  • Carrying a knife/blade (unconfirmed)
  • Non threatening behaviour.
  • At least two images or pics of what is reported to be the Doncaster clown (well, we have one video, can we find the other/s?)
  • There are a total of 13 clowns that each claim a suburb of Doncaster to haunt.

Summing up so far:

My thoughts on this whole thing is that, even so the pranks/stunts may seem evil or sinister, I have no doubt that this is just some harmless pranksters attempt at a laugh, but I do sympathise with the caulrophobes out there, it can’t be nice living in fear like this.

Even so the notion of the 13 clowns theory is quite a mad concept, I think we are looking at many rather than just one or two, either that or one clown is driving up and down the area to cause chaos! It truly is one of strangest things I have heard of in a very long time, I think thats why it’s so intregueing, just why are people doing this? What is the reason in the sheer amount of rumours circulating about? Is there an underground conclave of secret clown councils, intent on taking over!?

We live in a very mad and messed up world.

More news as it comes in.

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Northampton clown News: Carrickfergus copycat ‘killer clown’ turns himself into Police!

30 Sep

In an even more weird twist of events, it would seem our friend the Northampton Clown (Thanks for the favourited tweet, by the way!) has got himself a copycat, but this “killer clown” and his assistant gimp has come undone by the long arm of the law!

That’s right Carrickfergus in Northern ireland has it’s own creepy clown, no doubt in homage to the web sensation. Only thing is this one was seen hanging around some schools! Not surprisingly, the police weren’t happy with their antics, and the clown was forced to hand himself into the cops for scaring the kids!

It doesn’t seem to have deterred him much though, as you can see with this pic taken later outside the copshop!

Are we living in a golden age of costumed characters that emerge to be spotted? How long before someone takes it a little too far? Will there be more, a clown for every town?

More news later!!

BBC News – Carrickfergus ‘killer clown’ turns himself in.

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Northampton Clown News: Could the clown be coming to a Town near you?

30 Sep

So, an update with the bizarre Northampton clown. It would seem our creepy fiend wants to gain even more noteriety than just being Northamptons unsung hero/villain, by taking over the UK.

Now available are T-shirts and merchandise featuring the IT lookalike, in an attempt to fund the clowns travel of the country and appearances. Some have stepped in to the argument saying that any proceeds from the profits should go to charity, whilst others think “why not”! Such as this commenter noted in the article:

“Maybe this guy has bills to pay, kids to feed. He came up with a good idea, people wanted to buy some stuff, and he catered to them and now everyone has turned on him.”

Please help the Northampton clown, wife and kids to feed! Beep beep!!

A strange image popped into my head when I read that comment, I imagine that if the clown does have a wife and family to support, maybe they would look something like this pic!

On a serious note, what’s the real beef here? Fair play to the guy for trying to cash in on his fame, and if he wants to travel round the country spooking people in random towns, that’s fair enough (Although I’m sure some police forces outside of Northampton will not see his antics the same way…) but, since when does dressing up as a killer clown constitute having to do anything for charity? I say good on him at making a bit of coin in this day and age, but the nay sayers and caulrophobics will say otherwise (Or pennywise…)

Where is this going? Will the clown be guest starring in popular TV, or end up switching on Northamptons Christmas lights within the year? I just don’t get how he can better his antics. From the looks of things, he’s certainly going to cause more mayhem in the minds of more folks, but I still think of him as a one trick pony. Strangely, some of the article seems to hint that the man himself is a performer, is this a clue to uncovering the mystery of the clown? Is this some weird performance art?

Lets hope he has some clown minders in tow when he starts his UK tour, as there seems as if the anti- clown league are waiting to see what he’s spending his pennies on….

Northampton Clown sells merchandise to raise money to travel around the country – Mirror Online.

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