Written by a Coulrophobic
On May 9th of this year, the trailer for “It: Chapter Two” was dropped, and even though I have an extreme clown phobia (also known as coulrophobia), I braved the trailer for all of you. You’re welcome. In this article, we will be discussing the storyline for this chilling sequel, and I’ll fill you in on everything that you need to know before going to get your pants scared off in the theater. I’ll provide a little backstory about how exactly “killer clowns” came to be. As the writer of this article, I will be facing my own fears to give you a very scary rundown on the history of Coulrophobia.
“It: Chapter Two”
As much as I can’t stand clowns, I must say that this movie sounds pretty interesting. The story takes place twenty-seven years after the original movie. “The Losers Club” are all grown up and have gone their separate ways, until a single phone call brings them all back together for another terrifying adventure. The trailer has everyone on their toes, as it sheds some light on the backstory and life of Pennywise, the infamous clown antagonist. In the trailer, we see Beverly returning to her childhood home and speaking with Mrs. Kersh. Fans of the novel, written by Stephen King, will recognize Mrs. Kersh as a friendly, elderly woman. In the trailer we find that Mrs. Kersh is not who she seems, and is actually the daughter of Pennywise.
I KNOW! I can only imagine how terrifying the movie is with a trailer like this. The clip is definitely spooky- you can view it at the end of the article- if you dare.
A Brief History Lesson on The Clown
Clowns first appeared in ancient Egypt as entertainers. Over time, this type of entertainment was used in Greece and began to spread and become adopted by many cultures. The act of clowning has gone by many names, including “court jesters” and “Buffoons”. The original circus clown was hired to fill time gaps between two shows. Their job was to create a loud diversion until the next show’s performers were ready to enter the arena. This has stretched to today, where the main purpose of the clowns are still to fill time between acts. There have been several different types of clowns, from mimes, to “white clowns,” who have no facial features or identity, to the “Auguste” clowns, which are closer to the modern, well-recognized type, best known for their red nose and big smile.
The FIRST Killer Clown
You may be familiar with the story of John Wayne Gacy. Before his arrest in 1978, Gacy performed at children’s parties and other events as “Pogo the Clown.” Gacy murdered, raped, and tortured over 33 teenage boys and young men, and is now known as the first ever killer clown. However, he did not commit these crimes while in costume. Some people say that Gacy is the reason that people began associating clowns, who are meant to be funny and happy, with the horror genre. I personally do not believe this theory. I remember being a five-year-old who had never heard of “IT” or of John Wayne Gacy before, and still being HORRIFIED by clowns. They are just creepy- they always have been, and they always will be- in my opinion.
Personally, I think the overly dramatized facial features and emotions are what scare me the most. As a child you are still getting used to the fact that everyone’s faces look different, and grasping the concept of facial expressions and features. Then in walks this guy with the HUGE creepy smile and big red nose and is acting all crazy. Today, I can’t even pinpoint exactly what it is that scares me about clowns so much. When I see one, it’s almost like seeing a tiger in your kitchen. You don’t have time to explain why, but you need to get out of there. I don’t know how I’m going to make it through IT 2, but I am 99% sure that it will be very entertaining to the people who come with me.
IT Chapter 2 will be releasing in theaters on September 6th, 2019.