Ahhh, us Brits love a good craze. Pogs, finger skateboards, murderous clowns.
Last weekend saw police all across the UK responding to dozens of phone calls regarding creepy-as-fuck looking clowns stood on grass verges scaring folk. Funny or dangerous? That’s your opinion. Some of the clowns have been reported to have been holding knives, baseball bats and … balloons.
Clown pictured Braunstone, Leicester. Image source: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/1943141/killer-clown-craze-cops-issue-warning-as-twenty-incidents-are-reported-in-the-uk-in-a-week/
The creepy clown trend started in the USA a short while ago and has travelled over the pond to the UK where spotty teenagers broken away from their Xbox and dress up into their finest and stand on street corners for
men dog walkers.
My town’s Facebook page was alive with witnesses finding clowns down our streets and outside our pubs. I had my sister over from Scotland, and she too saw on her Facebook that her town back home had some twisty visitors too. The hype was in the air, and ‘killer clowns’ (as a local scaremonger named them) were wild and free. 2 were spotted in a very close vicinity to my house. And when my fella popped out in to the garden, and I had drunkenly forgotten his whereabouts, his ugly mug was pressed up against the window. Fully masked obvs. Oooooh funny. Now he was in on it.
A clown peers through a window in Bracknell. Source: INS
In Norwich a woman was walking alone in Eaton Park at about 20:30pm on Sunday when a man dressed as a clown leapt out at her, screamed in her face and ran after her.
A cyclist in Eastbourne, Sussex, was left feeling a tad shaken up after someone dressed as a clown jumped out from a bush brandishing what he believed was an offensive weapon. His juggling stick? IYKWIM.
Kidlington, Oxfordshire, a man dressed as a clown and carrying a baseball bat was reported to have chased a 10-year-old child through a park. Now, that’s not funny at all.
Famous clown Pennywise, from the 1990 film IT.
A remake of the classic Stephen King film IT is being released in cinemas next year (yup, we have ages to wait. no fair.) and so it does feel a little coincidental that the whole Clown-Craze has caught on just as the movie is hot topic in the media. New Line Cinema who are making the new IT film have denied any involvement with the craze as any kind of publicity for the new movie. Bet they wish they thought of it first though now, don’t they?
While all of this may seem like a bit of fun, remember guys it’s not that nice to go out and scare people. So do think about the effects you may have on some folk’s lives. If you’re going to dress up as Pennywise, make sure it’s just to scare the shit out of your BFF… not Margaret from number 38. Not cool bro.
Ms. Curios personal fictional clown, Twisty From American Horror Story; Freakshow