Last week, we brought you the story of a couple British clowns (actual clowns) named Mattie and Tickles who were apoplectic over the recent trailer release for Andrés Muschietti’s IT, which features Bill Skarsgård as the terrifying Pennywise. It’s causing a radical shift in perceptions, they claimed, leading people to suddenly consider clowns terrifying. To recap:
“[IT] is a horror movie and it affects people’s thoughts and opinions on what a clown is. Unfortunately it’s not like Jaws, which is unrealistic. We do have clowns in society, and yes it will affect business, of course it will,” adds Tickles.
“I don’t know why people want to see these horrible things. What’s the point? I don’t understand people’s mentalities,” laments Mattie.
“I have parents and teachers phoning me … they’re scared to hire you for 35 kids in case they’ve got one child who will be upset,” bemoans Tickles.
I pointed out my belief that clowns have always been scary, owing to the aesthetic principle known as The Uncanny Valley. It turns out I’m not the only one thinking these folks are utterly misguided; Stephen King himself took to Twitter to set this recent batch of IT-bashers straight:
The clowns are pissed at me. Sorry, most are great. BUT…kids have always been scared of clowns. Don't kill the messengers for the message.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) April 10, 2017
The clowns are pissed at me. Sorry, most are great. BUT…kids have always been scared of clowns. Don’t kill the messengers for the message.
Check out the trailer, synopsis, and poster for Muschietti’s IT, which crawls out of sewers and into US Theaters, on September 8th, 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.