Regular readers of Horror Freak News will recall that we reported extensively on an “epidemic” of creepy clown sightings that rocked America and Europe last year. Dubbed the “Clownpocalypse”, some sightings turned out to have tie-ins with upcoming film projects (see Gags the Clown from Green Bay); most occurrences, though, were much more mysterious. At its peak, professional clowns like McDonald’s spokesperson/mascot Ronald McDonald stopped making live appearances for fear of inciting paranoid mobs!
While the phenomenon reached its apex in October, the frequency and wide geography of 2016’s Clownpocalypse left many legitimately unnerved.
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Now, we’re getting word that a feature film is in the works from Tommy V Films: Behind the Sightings is being described as a psychological thriller “inspired by” actual footage collected in the aftermath of the Clownpocalypse. Notice the words “inspired by”; producer Tommy Vlahopoulos stops short of calling it a documentary.
“Clowns have traditionally been associated with slapstick style performance, comedy or mime, but there has always been a dark side to a clown,” said Vlahopoulos. “This is not fake news, Behind the Sightings is centered around the terrifying clown sightings that shook the world last year, and an eager couple swept up in all the phenomenon. This is a very newsworthy subject, especially with all the continuous clown sightings.”
The fact that Andrés Muschietti’s IT, featuring Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise, is mere months away means that those suffering Coulrophobia are likely to be on edge—and we can probably expect a slew of Pennywise wannabees come Halloween! As for Behind the Sightings, Tommy V’s targeting an October theatrical release (perfect timing!). We’ll keep you posted as additional details emerge. Stay tuned!
Check out the trailer, synopsis, and poster for Andrés Muschietti’s IT below.
Official Synopsis: When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, neighborhood kids band together to square off against Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård), an evil clown whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.
In addition to Skarsgård, IT stars Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things), Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, and Nicholas Hamilton. Look for IT to arrive in US Theaters on September 8th.