Despite the recent releases of Andy Muschietti’s IT and American Horror Story: Cult, both of which feature evil clowns, fears of a “Clownpocalypse” the likes of which we experienced in 2016 ran high. Surprisingly, there hasn’t been anywhere near the amount of hoopla in 2017, and as we near Halloween, it appears the US and Europe will be spared the epidemic of creepy clown sightings that caused pandemonium a year ago.
There is an exception to the rule or course; police in Israel are in crackdown mode after an explosion of creepy clown sightings following the release of IT, which hit theaters there on September 14th. Dozens of teens have been arrested, though it’s not clear how they are being dealt with or even if their actions are technically illegal.
A big problem is the fact that many of these creepy clown pranksters are carrying fake weapons—an inflammatory action in a country whose residents live in constant fear of terrorist activities.
Police have, however, warned that such pranks could go horribly wrong in a country where people are constantly on edge for fear of militant attacks and where many carry firearms.
“There is a concern that such pranks will be interpreted as a real threat and will cause harm to the youngsters,” [police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld] said a statement last week. Local media said that a victim of an incident in the southern city of Beersheba last week stabbed his tormenter, causing moderate injuries.
The situation in Israel aside, do you think the power of creepy clowns maxed out in 2016? Have clowns, even the evilest of them, become too mainstream to be truly scary? Let’s discuss!