Police officers in a small Pennsylvania town are evidently afraid of a certain homicidal clown. The Lititz police department on Tuesday posted photos of red balloons a prankster tied to a pair of sewer grates. A red balloon is the calling card of Pennywise, the sewer-dwelling, child-eating clown in Stephen King’s horror novel “It.” The hotly anticipated movie version opens in theaters Friday. In a playful Facebook post, police write they admire the prankster’s creativity but were “completely terrified” while removing the balloons and “respectfully request they do not do that again.” Police also suggest people watch previews of the movie with the lights turned on and the volume turned low. The police department’s post ends with a famous line from the book: “You’ll float too.” (NY Daily News)
I have probably seen every single scary movie known to man EXCEPT for the movie 'It'. Why haven't I seen It? Because I have a weird fear of clowns from the 1980s. Now don't get me wrong, I had no problem watching American Horror Story's season premiere this week that included numerous crazy homicidal clown characters, my fear is only clowns from horror movies made in the 80s. The origins of this phobia are still unknown, but I wonder - does it counts as a pre-existing condition?