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Blimey, "lazy" is a tad generous! "It" isn't being released until next September, so New Line would be shooting their bolt a bit early. New Line and Stephen King have said no, this ain't our doing, mister. The other film that got caught up in the craze is Rob Zombie's "31", which was released a few weeks back, so clearly not really anything to do with that.
http://www.scotsman.com/news/world/killer-clown-stabbed-by-terrifed-friend-in-berlin-1-4268026‘Killer clown’ stabbed by terrifed friend in Berlin
The 'killer clown' involves pranksters dressing up as clowns and frightening passersby. Picture: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Police said a 14-year-old in the group responded by pulling a knife and stabbing the clown, only to find that the person behind the mask was a 16-year-old acquaintance.
He rendered first aid until emergency services could arrive.
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The older teenager was taken to hospital, while the 14-year-old was released to his parents.
A rash of sightings - some confirmed, some not - have been reported in Europe and the US of people dressed as clowns and acting in a disturbing manner.
https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/new...nife-wielding-arbroath-killer-clown-sighting/“I just saw it sitting there” — knife-wielding Arbroath “killer clown” sighting
by Rob McLaren
October 27 2016, 6.51pmUpdated: October 27 2016, 10.21pm
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Clowns like these have allegedly been spotted across the UK
An Arbroath woman claims she saw a “clown with a knife” sitting in the middle of an unlit path in the dark.
Rachael Crighton spotted the figure as she was about to walk down the path which connects Camus Road and St Abb’s Road in the Hayshead area of the town on Monday night.
The terrified 18-year-old said she ran away as the clown started to stand up.
Rachael said she had previously been informed by a friend of a similar but separate incident at the site.
The sighting comes as the craze for people dressing as “killer clowns” to scare people in the run-up to Halloween continues. Police would not say if there had been any Arbroath sightings.
Rachael said: “It’s a path that’s between houses and it doesn’t have any lights. I was just coming home from my mum’s house on Monday at about 8pm and I shone my torch down the path and I just saw it sitting there.
“It was wearing a white mask with scary teeth and a red wig. I saw it starting to stand up and I just ran and went another way.
“It’s a little bit unsettling. I was only a few metres away but wasn’t close enough to see if it was a real knife or a toy knife. I ran out of there.”
Full story here https://www.theguardian.com/culture...-of-2016-a-volatile-mix-of-fear-and-contagionThe great clown panic of 2016: ‘a volatile mix of fear and contagion’
A magic combination of childhood fears, social media and psychology has powered the spread of clown ‘sightings’ around the world. But will Halloween mark ‘peak clown’? And what should you do if you are confronted by one?
Clowns to the left of me ... strong feelings from our childhoods are contributing to the phenomenon’s endurance. Photograph: Juan Carlos Cardenas/EPA
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It began in the UK on Friday 30 September. Police in Newcastle received reports of someone dressed as a “creepy clown” leaping out of bushes to scare children. Over the next few days, half a dozen such clown incidents were recorded. A teenage clown was arrested in possession of a “bladed article”. On 5 October, the tabloids announced that a “terrifying clown craze” had hit these shores. And so it began to spread.
The first named victim was 17-year-old student Megan Bell, who has a “lifelong fear of clowns” and was chased down the street by one at night. Soon, more clowns began to pop up: in Wales, Manchester, Sheffield and Liverpool. Then just about everywhere. Concerned parents made Facebook pages about clowns, thus inadvertently helping to spread the meme. The Metropolitan police advised schoolchildren to call 999 if they saw a “killer clown”. Some observers spoke knowingly of a classic “social panic”, since only a very few of the clown incidents involved actual physical assaults. But being chased down the street at night by a clown, or anyone else, is frightening enough for adults and children alike. As Met commander Julian Bennett pointed out: “Antisocial behaviour can leave people feeling scared, anxious and intimidated, and I would urge those who are causing fear and alarm to carefully consider the impact their actions have on others.” These stories were surreal news fodder, but not, when you thought about them, actually funny. But why clowns? And why now?
The current craze started, as crazes often do, in the US, where, since the beginning of August, people dressed as clowns had been popping up creepily all over the country. There was speculation that it was all a PR stunt for the upcoming release of a movie version of Stephen King’s 1986 horror novel It, which features a famously eerie clown called Pennywise. In fact, the earliest reported incident, a creepy clown standing in the street holding black balloons in Green Bay, Wisconsin, was a marketing ploy for a short film entitled Gagsproduced by a local, Adam Krause. But subsequent clowns began to terrorise children and sometimes attack people, while commentators spoke of panic and hysteria. In Pennsylvania, a teenager was murdered by someone in a clown mask. Two weeks ago, a clown stabbed a teenager in Varberg, Sweden. There are, we are told, “creepy clowns” or even “killer clowns” everywhere. Last weekend, the NSPCC said that Childline counsellors had received hundreds of calls from children worried about clowns. People call it the great clown panic, or clown uprising, or clown invasion, or clown craze, of 2016. And so far it shows no sign of abating.
Happy children dance with a rosy-cheeked clown in a floppy birthday cake hat and oversized orange tie, their Eid celebrations a rare moment of joy amid the horrors of life under siege in Syria.
Footage of the July 2015 party, shot by activist group Aleppo Media Center, shows a costumed and face-painted Anas al-Basha at the center of the festivities, bouncing a smiling girl on his hip as music plays and youngsters clap along with the tune.
Clown and entertainer Al-Basha, 24, was killed Tuesday in a missile strike in the Mashhad neighborhood of the city's rebel-held east, his brother Mahmoud Al-Basha told CNN
News4Jax"He wanted to stay to continue his work, to help the children and orphans in Aleppo," Mahmoud told CNN in a phone interview. "This year they started to create schools underground, they would do activities for the children in basements and safe spaces. Before they used to go to gardens and be in the streets."
UNICEF estimates that some 100,000 children are living under siege in eastern Aleppo alone. According to the intergovernmental organization, volunteers in besieged areas have built underground play areas and schools for children hoping to continue playing and learning amid airstrikes.
https://www.simplemost.com/clown-mo...r&tse_id=INF_5a63b8205dc311e790011d41b85aaeb5This Creepy Clown Motel Has Been Named America’s Scariest Motel
Hot breakfast and nightmares included.
JESSICA SUSS · JANUARY 11, 2017
If you’ve ever wanted to never sleep again, have we got the place for you! The Clown Motel in Tonopah, Nevada, is open for visitors looking for a thrill (or for people who just really like clowns? Do they exist?).
If the sight of an illuminated juggling clown welcoming you to the hotel promising “clean rooms” (not much of an endorsement) and “singles for 39.50” fills you with cheer, then come on down to the Clown Motel.
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The lobby is littered with clowns, including a life-sized clown sitting in a chair, cradling a number of smaller clown dolls in its lap.
Oh, and every room is clown-themed: There are clowns on the doors and portraits of famous clowns (hi, Bozo!) hang on the walls.