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Comment: A story is circulating like wildfire in the greater Belfast
area about a gang dressed as clowns who are going around shooting
schoolkids dead. The kids refuse to believe that it isn't true, saying
that the police would cover something like that up. They are terrified and
all anticipate that one particular school will be targeted tomorrow,
Friday 22nd October.
There is a tremendous power behind this fear. What's going on that they
won't accept the facts?

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I remember a very similar rumour being spread through my school in Derry, Norn Iron. Although I don't think anyone really believed it. I suppose if they're young children, at the pre-truth-about-Santa stage, it's plausible.

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The kids refuse to believe that it isn't true, saying that the police would cover something like that up
To be honest, although this report of killer clowns is naturally bunkum, I think this is indicative of the lack of trust that exists between the PSNI and the populace in the province. The children believe a ludicrous story, rather than accept that there is no way in which the police could keep quiet the fact that there are a gang dressed as clowns murdering schoolchildren.

Incidentally, the Police Service of Northern Ireland, was originally called the RUC, and was to have been renamed the Northern Irish Police Service, until someone spotted that that would mean people were 'caught by the NIPS,' and the name was changed. Actually, that might be an Urban Legend. But I believe it.

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You lived in Derry and were afraid of clowns?

Anyone else get this reference?

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Obligitory movie refrences to clownes that are really cheesey:

It
and
Batman Returns

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And here I though this topic was going to be about the movie "killer clowns from outerspace" that horrible piece of schlock from the late 1980's that made me scared of both clowns, cotton candy blubs, and things poping out of garbage cans.

I have noticed that my local blockbuster has begun carrying this movie again just in time for halloween after a 10 year absence on their shelves.

As far as kids and clowns doing bad things are concerned, a lot has to do with influences from society about clowns (see above movies, I personally read about John Wayne Gasey when I was like 11 and was creeped out by him). They'll grow out of it.

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quote:
Originally posted by Geeto67 - Too Ghoul For School:
... that horrible piece of schlock ...

Harsh words, my friend. That movie is a classic, I say!

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quote:
Originally posted by murmurzz:
Harsh words, my friend. That movie is a classic, I say!

Ok maybe I am being a little harsh, but at the time that movie really creeped me out. I don't think you could make a movie like that these days and have it be scary and funny.I have always been kinda a wuss when it comes to horror movies, and i already had a slight fear of clowns. I do like the "what ya gonna do with those pies, boy" line though (Spoken by the sherif right before he gets hit with a bunch of acid pies).
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quote:
Originally posted by Ghoul Elf:
You lived in Derry and were afraid of clowns?

Anyone else get this reference?

IT, Dreamcatcher, Tommyknockers, The Dark Half...

[Smile]

Stephen King. Though the only two I've read that have the connection between Derry and the Clowns are IT, and Dreamcatcher "Pennywise the clown still lives"

Ok, so I'm a King nerd. [Razz]

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King is the...well...king! It's amazing how intertwined all of his books are, even ones cowritten with other people! I also believe that one of the Gunslinger books has a creature that ties in with one of the Creep Show movies.

Someone wrote an entire book on how all of King's book link in varying ways. If I ever have money to spend again, I'd love to get it.

I think either Stephen King is really a computer, or an absolute genius to keep all that NFBSK straight through all the books he has written!

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It's not very inconspicuous dressing as clowns if you want to go around killing people. I scream and run if i see a normal clown, never mind a gun toting maniac! [Eek!]
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Now repeat after me:

Clowns are not big spiders. A clown will not bite me and throw me in the basement. [fish]

hehe..I'm still trying to figure out what biting and throwing in the basement part comes from.

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I remember when I was a kid there was a similar rumor about a gang dressed as clowns who went around in a van and if they saw a kid walking home from school alone they would grab him and [incert horrific thing to happen].

Probobly made up by parents to convince us to walk home in pairs (as there were legitimate dangers to walking around alone I suppose) but needless to say most of us believed it.

Also would like to add there were several kids who "were almost taken but bairly escaped" in our town, crazy huh?

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quote:
Originally posted by ticrazyguy:
Now repeat after me:

Clowns are not big spiders. A clown will not bite me and throw me in the basement. [fish]

hehe..I'm still trying to figure out what biting and throwing in the basement part comes from.

Have you ever seen Animaniacs? It was a cartoon in the 90's. Funny funny stuff.
The segment that come from is called Clown and Out
That line is most likely a reference to Kings "It"

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I also thought this was a " Killer Clowns from Outerspace" refrence. I am a B movie fanatic and buy them on vidio and DVD whenever I find one. I just saw the DVD for this one at Wallmart for $7.00, and I had to buy it. This is campy, horror fun at its best. HA!

I know (on the topic now) that in school here, almost every October there was some "ooglie-booglie" dressed up and out to kill, maim or otherwise, any kid that was alone, in a group, walking around at night, in the woods, or left a bedroom window open. I guess closets were safe, though I am not 100% sure of that either. [lol]

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I wish I could remember where this took place, but recently some people were breaking the law and were all wearing "Scream" masks. It was in the news yesterday, but I wasn't paying full attention, so I can't remember where or what the crime was anymore. I am a disappointing Snopester, I am.

And all of this makes me think of A Clockwork Orange. ((((Shudder))))

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Umm, has anyone else here heard of the Insane Clown Posse (ICP)?

It's a rap group here in America that started heavily underground and then went mainstream (they started in my home state of Michigan, which is probably why I know of them) According to their "background history", the two lead singers are the only surviving members of the "Inner City Posse" of Detroit, and one of the reasons they chose to rename themselves the Insane Clown Posse is that the clown makeup they wear during performances keeps their "true identity" hidden. (By the way, this is all BS taken from hearsay.)

Sad thing is, I saw the words "gang" and "clown" together and automatically thought of ICP...as far as I know, ICP's never actually killed anyone, though their lyrics would suggest otherwise.

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Not only heard of 'em but am watching some especially moronic fans of theirs trying to troll a board I read.

ETA: Given the general touchiness of lots of people online (not just here) these days, I mean to emphasize that the moronic trolling fans are not on this board. Believe me, you'd know, as they write like they were taught literacy through text messaging....

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Sorry to hear that, Brandi. [Frown] Text talk...uh, what's the phrase here? "Hangs my Munchkin"? Yeah...I think that was the phrase.

Nice to know that's not happening here, though. [Smile]

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