Darius White
Professor Ramos
English 1B

When it comes to monsters there is no identity as to what one might perceive as a monster. In a sense we usually just generalize monsters to just being something freighting or even something we just can’t fully comprehend. Monsters aren’t just imaginary they can be as real as they are fake. Monsters vary to an extent for everyone, just because one person is afraid of bigfoot doesn’t automatically make them of afraid of a giant spider. Monsters are very special and unique in their own way even if it’s a different story about the same monsters. How we as people perceived things is what gives us our unique point of views. Scary killer clowns for example can be of all the same origin but can be completely different depending on their sense of purpose for what they might want to accomplish. Which kind of correlates to “Monster Thesis IV: The Monster Dwells at the Gates of Difference” basically monsters are created upon the ingredients of differences. An everyone is different so one’s ideas of how something should go can vary or be interpreted differently. With that being the case everyone has their perspective and ideas of how things might or should. Monster Thesis IV is basically giving people the freedom to interpret how they might perceive their own ideal sense of how might one monster should be as opposed to someone else viewing the same type of monster. Stephen King’s “It” that is about a group of kids growing up in a small little town called Derry where they are faced to deal with the problem of Pennywise. Probably if not already is clearly the favorite of killer clown movies but that doesn’t discourage people from taking their own point of view of the same topic. Like in the movie by Adiya Imri Orr, “Stitches” which is about a clown performer that was hired to perform at a child’s birthday party where he inevitability was killed by a freak accident, but is still hell bent on revenge against the ones that caused his accident. Also, the movie “Clown” by Christopher Ford and Jon Watts is about a man that puts on a clown costume to perform at his son’s birthday party but just can’t seem to take it off when the party ends, he seeks help but ultimately finds the truth about the costume. Besides the fact that each of these movies have a killer clown and some children to scare each are uniquely refreshing in their own way in a sense of difference. From their origin of how they got to the state of being that each of them are unique. With the help of Monster Thesis IV, we can learn that killer clowns although can be similar doesn’t make them the same and their differences is what truly manifest their uniqueness.
I mean clowns are flat out creepy to begin with, they are pale with a big creepy smile, do weird antics, and drive tiny cars around. Nothing about any of those things have ever in my life made think clowns were cool or great and most of the people I know feel the same way. It’s a love hate relationship for me when it comes to clowns. But when it comes to killer clowns, Stephen King’s IT the original and especially the remake takes the cake for quite possibly being the best killer clown movie ever, then again that is just my opinion. IT is based around Pennywise the dancing clown, a demon that has been terrorizing the town of Derry for years, taking children and being able to go unnoticed by adults. Only kids can see IT because his powers grow from the fear that he gets from the children it takes. All the while of Pennywise trying to make the children succumb to the fear of being taken or facing some of their worst fears, he still stays true to his clown like nature of doing weird antics but with blood and limbs. He likes to keep you entertained whether its with the simple small-town bully that is pretty much a psycho or just get you alone to drain some of the fear out of you. There have been two versions of Stephen King’s IT made which is the original film series by Tommy Lee Wallace that aired on tv back in 1990 and the 2017 remake by Chase Palmer, Cary Fukunaga, and Gary Dauberman. Although the main concept and plot of the original and remake are the same but Pennywise takes on a darker and scarier new look to his original counterpart. In the remake of IT, the approach with Pennywise was a far more aggressive and cynical design for a more monstrous form of it that wasn’t displayed in its predecessor although still an outstanding film. All-in-all the design of Pennywise was well captured where as many other killer clowns usually get left in the dust with the usual old plain clown make up and bit a blood splatter over their clothing. Pennywise was already a very scary and captivating monster in the original film and for them to remake it and evolve it to a more modern culture in 2017 is truly a remarkable film that had very big shoes to fill following the original which I personally feel It did the film complete and beautiful justice.
The film “Stitches” is one of the more cruder type of horror movies where as violence doesn’t truly know where its extensions stops meaning that this movie was freer with film in an explicit setting. Stitches returns to life seeking revenge upon the ones that lead him to the end of his life. Stitches was just a man turn more zombie killer clown. They had him kill using bizarre and unusual methods that just would seem very strange but do able kind of more of a meaner character that was right to his job of getting his revenge. The killer clown had more of a serial killer approach that
Clown was a movie that stood at very differences of thoughts and ideas to the idea of killer clown. Like Stephen King’s IT, Clown takes on the same approach with the idea of a demon but in a very different way. Instead of just being a clown for his birthday one man got a lot more than what he bargained for when he decided to ultimately put on a clown suit that would could ultimately seal his fate. He struggles with his inner self and the demon that had to begun to latch on to him to feed. A very different approach to a killer clown movie that I must say that I enjoyed it wasn’t too Hollywood trying to do too much just a simple plot with a very strong monster idea that could carry a plot line all the way through for a viewer’s satisfaction. A movie that is going to leave you captivated all movie long.
Like any monster, killer clowns also belong in the conversation when discussing being at the use of Monster Thesis IV. 3 different films that each show the difference in the movies about each of the killer clowns takes a unique perspective as to how they will be continuing to help support these projects. The other two films not being as big as IT doesn’t take anything away from the movies they weren’t composed on the level that that it was on but still some fine visuals that captivate you and take you through some of the most unique experiences. Killer clowns a monster like no another my own personal childhood nightmare that doesn’t scare me but just lingers along with my mind every step.

Annotated Bibliography
Stephen King’s IT (1990) In 1960, seven pre-teen outcasts fight an evil demon who poses as a child-killing clown.

Stephen King’s IT (2017) A group of bullied kids band together when a shapeshifting monster, taking the appearance of a clown, begins hunting children.

Stitches (2013) Grindle is the sleaziest clown working the children’s party circuit in Ireland. Arriving late to one birthday, his timing is off, the bratty kids a nightmare and a prank goes horribly wrong – he falls on a kitchen knife and goes to that Big Top in the sky. Years later the same nasty kids attend another more grown up bash. Little do they know, thanks to a black magic clown cult, Stitches will be the uninvited guest of honor seeking revenge on those responsible for his untimely death. Laughs and gore combine in this twisted tale

Clown (2016) CLOWN is a story of a loving father who dons a clown outfit and makeup to perform at his son’s sixth birthday, only to later discover that the costume–red nose and wig included–will not come off and his own personality changes in a horrific fashion. To break the curse of the evil outfit, the father must make grim choices with his own family facing danger.