Clown Fear. It’s Real.
Imagine walking down a dark alley at night and coming across a clown with an axe, crying tears of blood. Scary right? Now imagine that same scene without the tears of blood, without that axe and it’s daytime. It’s still scary. Personally I’m running as fast as I can in the other direction (which isn’t very fast, FYI). But why is that? Why are clowns so scary? In fact why is anything that we consider entertainment for our children chillingly spooky when taken out of context? The 2017 film adaptation of Stephen King’s IT gives us the occasion to wonder: why are we so scared of clowns, and what is the deeper force that IT’s terrifying Pennywise represents?