Imagine if your favorite Stephen King movie came to life and you were the main star?
That just may be what is happening in a small town in southeastern Pennsylvania. Someone who loves Stephen King’s hit movie, “It,” all too much, has been leaving traces of the movie behind in the town of Lititz. The police were alerted when there were several helium-filled red balloons tied to sewer grates throughout the town.
The only conclusion that the Lititz Borough Police Department can come up with is that the prank is related to the released of a new film that is an adaptation of It. In this film, however; there are shape-shifting monsters instead of horrifying clowns. The red balloons represent the clowns holding on to them in the movie It, but they are tied to the sewers in this case because the monsters in the new movie live in sewers and their main purpose is to frighten children who live in Maine, where the film is set.
Considering the movie is scheduled to be released on Thursday, the police department can’t think of any think more coincidental that someone playing a prank to spur some interest in the upcoming film. It’s especially fitting since the area where the red balloons were planted, is a very small town, similar to the one in It and the new movie.
On a mission to point a finger at the prankster, the Lititz Borough Police Department shared the following post on its Facebook page…
“A certain movie is coming to theaters in two days, and a local prankster took it upon themselves to promote the movie. We give points for creativity, however, we want the local prankster to know that we were completely terrified as we removed these balloons from the grates and we respectfully request they do not do that again.”
The department’s post ends with the phrase “you’ll float too,” a tag line from the movie’s trailers. This is the line that the little boy says when he is seen after he goes missing, so it’s exceptionally terrifying when heard in a child’s voice.
You can view the “It” 2017 trailer below. Here is what commenters had to say about the terrifying trailer…
“Anyone else almost shrieked when they heard IT talk?(It’s not because I’m scared) I just didn’t expect him to talk in the trailers until the movie came out.”
“This movie doesn’t seem to understand that the reason why IT takes the form of Pennywise The Clown is not that it wants to scare the children, but wants them to trust it and be less afraid of it. The reason most of the book-readers love Tim Curry’s portrayal of It is that he was able to show how a clown isn’t a threat in a child’s eyes. This trailer makes IT look like one of those clowns you see in those prank videos. I’m not hating, this movie might be giving a different take on the book but I am simply stating why it will be hard to find a better Pennywise than Tim Curry.”
And some commented on the tactics that were used in the trailer…
“Jump scares are overused in this trailer. I like the last one better.”
There is just something frightening about clowns. Whether they live in the woods or in the sewers, they are equally creepy. Maybe it’s the bright colored makeup or the fact that they always have an eerie grin planted on their faces.