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GORECAST #37- Killer Clowns August 13th

With the IT reboot just around the corner (Sept 9th) Johnny Deadly and The Giz thought it apt to tackle one of the b-movie/schlock horror sub genres from many Years ago KILLER CLOWNS. The reality of the “killer clown” came far more into light during 2016

The Killer Clown phenomenon stepped from screen in South Carolina in late August after unconfirmed reports surfaced that clowns were spotted trying to lure children into the woods. The craze has since ignited a national phenomenon, with scary clown sightings reported in more than two-dozen states from Alabama to Wisconsin. While it turned out thankfully many were hoaxes, a handful of the incidents resulted in arrests: in Alabama, at least seven people face felony charges of making a terrorist threat connected to clown-related activity

So now safe in the knowledge that there are quite possibly some Killer Clowns out there lets begin with movie number one on this weeks show.  Starting off with STITCHES by Irish director Connor McMahon. A practical effects driven horror, comedy slasher. Stitches stars Ross NobleTommy Knight and Gemma-Leah. The plot concerns a birthday clown returning from the dead to exact revenge upon a boy and a group of children who contributed to his death. The film was produced by Fantastic Films and Tailored Films in 2012 and marks the film debut of Tommy Knight and stand-up comedian Ross Noble

 

Next up on our killer clown extravaganza is a crazy b-horror style delight from 1988 known as Killer Klowns From Outer Space. This film is a crazy, off the wall sci-fi, horror comedy directed and produced by The Chiodo Brothers. Starring Grant Cramer and Suzanne Snyder. KKFOS centers around and evil clan of aliens who land in the small town of Crescent Cove with the intention of capturing, killing the towns inhabitants and using them as a source of sustenance. The aliens resemble, and in some hilarious moments of horror comedy genius act like, clowns from planet earth the film received generally positive reviews and has been considered a cult classic. This was the one and only Chiodo Brothers production to date.

A sequel has been a developmental nightmare since the original film's release, with Stephen Chiodo having stated that he hopes to produce a series of films with a total of four installments, or a television series based on the film.

Last but not least is 1990 IT. Adapted by Lawrence D. Cohen from the Stephen King novel of the same name. Tommy Lee Wallace directed the supernatural-horror mini series

The story revolves around a predatory alien shape-shifter, which has the ability to transform itself into its prey's worst fears. This allows it to exploit the phobias of its victims. It mostly takes the form of a sadistic, wisecracking clown called Pennywise played by Tim Curry. The protagonists are The Lucky Seven, or The Losers Club, a group of outcast kids who discover Pennywise and vow to destroy him by any means necessary. The series takes place over two different time periods, the first when the Losers first discover Pennywise as children, and the second when they're called back as adults to defeat Pennywise, who has resurfaced.

The reboot IT has also lit up some controversy of it’s own as professional clowns have poured out with an outcry of complaints how they are starting to be cast in a dark shadow and it has begun to affect their ability to get clown related work. To which I have to say, people have thought clowns were creepy as f**K long before the IT reboot, long before hoaxing killer clowns ran rampant and, long before the inception of Pennywise. Do you know why? The answer is simply because you are. This is the power of the clown to be entertaining, terrifying, sad, hilarious and amusing all at the same time. So I say OWN IT! Own it my red nosed fauna squirting amigos be all you can be.