There has been a rash of clown sightings across the nation as of late and sadly you can’t chalk them up to a creative marketing stunt by the folks behind the remake of Stephen King’s ‘It‘. The 30th anniversary has come and gone and the first film has finished production but the studio behind the movie claims that they aren’t to blame for what people have been seeing. While it would have been a truly creative and creepy marketing trick, with the actual film’s release date being so far out it does make sense that it wouldn’t be them in the first place.
While not being too communicative, the studio issued a statement that claims “New Line is absolutely not involved in the rash of clown sightings” though I’m sure they are currently wishing that they had! I mean to be fair, no one has been walking around dressed like Pennywise that we’ve heard of.
With a rash of clown sightings stretching from clowns yelling at children in Pennsylvania to Kentucky police arresting a 20-year-old dressed as a clown to a 64-year old admitting he was dressing as a clown and threatening children in Tennessee – this clown carnage seems to know no end.
That isn’t even all of it with more sightings popping up across the nation. Hell, the Barbourville, Kentucky Police issued a statement which claimed:
Dressing as a clown and driving, walking or standing in public can create a dangerous situation for you and others. This creates a risk of harm to you, of collisions near roadways and to bystanders and children who become frightened. While dressing up is not, in and of itself against the law, doing so in public and thereby creating an unnecessary sense of alarm is illegal,” reads the post. “If you create such a situation that violates the law you will be charged and arrested. Also falsely reporting incidents to law enforcement is illegal and can lead to arrest.
Let’s be honest, no one wants a clown epidemic and the fact that we’re getting, even more, reports of them coming in can only help the number of people checking out ‘It’ on the big screen.
Do you think that New Line might actually be responsible for this increase in clown sightings? If not, should they try to capitalize on it? Share your thoughts below
Pennywise will be haunting theaters in Stephen King’s ‘It’ Part 1 on September 8th, 2017!
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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