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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: Lincoln, Scunthorpe and Sheffield clowns in the news

21 Nov

So, more clown stuff, rather than give you a description of todays found news, I thought that I’d let the links speak for themselves, and the pics/vids so to speak. New locations and related clown info drifting around the web.

The Lincoln Clown: http://www.scunthorpetelegraph.co.uk/Scary-clown-spotted-Lincoln-Facebook-page/story-20104672-detail/story.html Some whispers on the net claim that this clown was nothing but a local band seeking the news to go viral, again for publicity (if that had been successful, we would know the bands name wouldn’t we!)

The Scunthorpe Clown: http://www.scunthorpetelegraph.co.uk/sinister-looking-clown-roaming-streets-Scunthorpe/story-20099038-detail/story.html and here: http://www.scunthorpetelegraph.co.uk/Good-clown-Scunthorpe-8217-s-sinister-clown/story-20104994-detail/story.html and here: http://www.scunthorpetelegraph.co.uk/xx/story-20100213-detail/story.html

And Sheffieldhttp://forgetoday.com/news/mysterious-locals-spotted-clowning-around-sheffield/ and talk here; http://www.sheffieldforum.co.uk/showthread.php?p=10167865 and Sheffield sightings facebook page https://www.facebook.com/OfficialSheffieldCS

Also pics of the Chesterfield, Sheffield and Retford Clowns.

May or not be the “Rainworth clown” however, while the mask looks similar, the costume doesn’t match.

Taken from the facebook page, dedicated to this creepy clown haunting Sheffield.

I thought I’d add this video of the rainworth clown from youtube, just for comparison to the pic of the Chesterfield clown, as you see, the costume differs, so I would still say these are still two different, if not unrelated clowns (jesus, I can’t believe I’m seriously writing this!)

This is a new one, the Retford clown, looks kinda like a zombie Ronald MacD.

Plus a shot of the purported Retford clown, a zombified version of Mr macD, I’d heard a few rumours of Retford’s clown, but I suppose this is confirmation it’s true.

As we speak, literally while I’m typing there’s been a sighting in my area, a kid has just seen a clown, and it’s scared her senseless and is getting treated for shock right now. I must tell you that even so I’m not too fazed by one of these costumed freaks, just hearing lots of uproar and uncertainty in case someones lurking around my area, it’s still really unsettling. My kids are pretty freaked right now (Plus they’re only little ones, so they are borderline from really throwing a big panic if anyone upsets them now they have heard there’s a scary clown about) I’ll get more info about this as soon as possible.

For those out there who normally come here for other content that’s non-clown related, please do not fear, I’ll be back to normal service soon, providing these bloody clowns don’t spread further…

Right where’s my bat…

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CLOWN NEWS: Mansfield Clown identified as the Rainworth clown, could be circus hoax?

20 Nov

Northampton clown says he is ‘glad’ to have inspired Mansfield clown as speculation continues | Nottingham Post.

So, i think we’ve worked out something about the mysterious clown in this picture. This is the Rainworth Clown, the clown pretender to that of the Northampton clown’s place as hot property. You’ll see in the above article that the Northampton clown is pleased he inspired this publicity stunt for a visiting circus, and that the clown in the picture is even a woman!

I’d heard its name mentioned, but failed to see this from last week. Also they have a page over on facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Rainworthsclownpage

Could the other numerous sightings be part of a big publicity stunt for a travelling circus? With new sightings of a clown in more areas of Doncaster (Intake, Cantley and Balby) and York, Bolton and Burnley, you could say that this seems to be mainly a Northern phenomenon, could there be a big coordinated effort for some huge publicity stunt?

Please keep the info coming in, and thanks too everyone who’s come forward with news (Unknown, Joanne and Laura)

Updated Sightings list:

Doncaster and surrounding areas;

Further sightings of mystery clowns in the following additional areas:

  • Sheffield
  • Rotherham
  • Alvethorpe
  • Outwood
  • Wakefield
  • Scunthorpe
  • York
  • Skegness
  • Bolton
  • Burnley
  • Confirmed and documented sightings in Chesterfield and Mansfield (The Rainworth Clown)

More updates when more news comes.

Beep beep everybody!

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CLOWN NEWS: Copycat Clowns on the increase, Chesterfield, Mansfield, and Doncaster bag their own clowns!

18 Nov

You might have thought that since the Northampton clown had been unmasked (Student filmmaker Alex Powell was revealed as the infamous clown and has since admitted it was him behind the stunt) that clown mania would have peatered out, but no, it has not the case. Following on from the Carrick fergus clown, it looks as if other pretenders have stepped for ward in Chesterfield and Mansfield.

To make matters worse, it finally has come full circle to me here in Doncaster, as I was informed that a creepy fellow is being hunted by the police just around the corner from me in Highfields, and someone dressed as a clown has been spotted tapping on windows trying to lure children from their houses! I daren’t tell my kids that there actually is an evil pennywise type just streets away, attempting to abduct kids, they would be petrified! Details are sketchy at this time, but as soon as I find more info, I’ll put an update up here. There’s even talk of there being not just one, but a couple of them, and that they are armed with knives! Although much of this could well be heresay, more info will no doubt come to light.

Now I fully expect that lots of other towns are going to aquire their very own demonic clown to terrorise the neighbourhoods where you live. I think that just the fact that us in the UK have this eccentric vibe for the strange and unhinged, this is going to spread. Where next and just how far will some of these nutters go. I for one will be keeping my happy stick (see wulf sternhammer from 2000AD) nearby just in case the Highfields clown tries to look through my windows!

If anyone in these areas knows any additional news about these wierdos, feel free to get in touch and let me know.

More clown news as and when.

Who is the Mansfield clown roaming streets at night? | Nottingham Post.

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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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