It’s back! Film trig­gers re­turn of ‘killer clown’ craze

Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - ■ by JIMMY McCLOSKEY

HOR­ROR film It has sparked a “killer clown” come­back across Bri­tain, with creeps dress­ing up to ter­rorise kids.

Two teenage girls from Bris­tol were left “shak­ing in fear” last week when they were chased by a bloke dressed as Pen­ny­wise from the spooky re­make.

They were taunted by the bal­loon-car­ry­ing weirdo, be­fore be­ing fol­lowed through the city’s Kings­gate Park.

One of the girl’s moth­ers took to Face­book, writ­ing: “The girls were fright­ened, screamed and ran. The per­son got up and chased them from Kings­gate to the One Stop near the com­mon, laugh­ing.

“This is an ab­so­lutely aw­ful thing to do to teenage girls.” News of the at­tack came a year af­ter sim­i­lar in­ci­dents were re­ported across the UK, spark­ing widespread ter­ror.

In Birm­ing­ham, three teenagers were forced to run from a sin­is­ter black-clad fig­ure hid­ing in woods in Shard End. The mask-wear­ing clown was cap­tured chas­ing the ter­ri­fied trio on video.

Shaniece Price, from Wal­sall, was another vic­tim. She screamed in ter­ror when a fig­ure rushed at her car in High Street, Bloxwich.

She fled into a nearby pub but the clown fol­lowed her and stood in the door­way.

Another clown ter­rorised cus­tomers at a dive-thru McDon­ald’s in Kidderminster.

A chill­ing im­age was posted on Face­book show­ing the joker hid­ing be­hind a sign, ready to scare un­sus­pect­ing driv­ers us­ing the fast-food restau­rant. The film It is based on a 1986 novel by hor­ror writer Stephen King. It tells of ter­ri­fied young­sters who are men­aced by Pen­ny­wise, who car­ries a red bal­loon, and are forced to con­front their own per­sonal de­mons.

The book was adapted into a TV se­ries in 1990, with spooky Pen­ny­wise sub­se­quently be­com­ing a pop­u­lar dress­ing-up char­ac­ter.

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