Stephen King adaptations are a dime a dozen these days (almost literally; rights to his books are famously cheap), but a good Stephen King adaptation, like a properly cooked steak or a movie where Harrison Ford is actually awake, is exceedingly rare. Of the two adaptations of beloved King novels released this year, the idea that IT might be the superior of the pair seemed laughable a few months ago. IT is better than The Dark Tower in every conceivable way, but beyond the inevitable comparison, it’s just really good. Scary good, even.
There are two groups who are going to feel personally victimized about the new It movie: young children, because Pennywise eats them, and real-life professional clowns. It’s no secret that most people are afraid of clowns — that’s the whole reason Pennywise appears as a clown in Stephen King’s novel in the first place. But folks who make their living as clowns are afraid the new movie will only exacerbate those fears and make it much more difficult to land grade school birthday party gigs.
Thankfully we have had only one legitimate prankster Creepy Clown sighting in Minnesota, so I thought I would look at the opposite end of the clown spectrum to see how they feel about this absurd trend.
In the last few weeks, stories of people posing as menacing clowns and threats from clowns have run rampant online, including a recent vague threat to a series of cities in the Twin Cities area. Because of this, many people have been contacting the Duluth Police worried about our area. Chief Mike Tusken took to Facebook to address some of these concerns.
Let's face it, clowns are creepy in the first place. Stephen King jumped on board with 'IT' thereby giving an entire generation irrational fear of clowns. Now Eli Roth is jumping on the band wagon trying to give another generation issues with scary clowns.
Watching American Idol for years, we expect the same formula when it comes to the open auditions of hundreds that hope for the golden ticket to Hollywood. We have an interview of an interesting person-this one a fire performer and balloon animal maker-and we know where it's going. Or do we?
The Shrine Circus is in town this weekend at Amsoil Arena and is a great adventure for kids of all ages and adults too! We were lucky enough to have a very special guest in the studio, this morning 'WOODY' a Shrine Clown who will be performing this weekend!