Following the release (and rave reviews) of Stephen King adaptation It, clowns seem to be all the rage at the moment. I don't mean happy, animal balloon making, children's birthday party clowns, though, I mean massive knobhead clowns who stand there being scary.
Truth be told, if you see one in the street, with their only purpose being to scare the bejesus out of you, then the temptation to run over and kick them between the legs is strong. However, if it's a prank - and you're not the victim - then it's easier to see the funny side.
After seeing It with his girlfriend Kayleigh, John Dreghorn decided that he'd play a bit of a cruel joke on her...
John enrolled the help of his mum for the prank - as the couple returned home after the film, she hid behind the curtains dressed as a clown with a balloon, waiting to jump out.
That was the first time Kayleigh had met his mum, too. For most people, meeting your other half's parents involves an awkward walk through the door, not knowing where to sit or what to say. Not for this lucky girl, though - she just had to run away from her fella's mum.
"We had just been to watch the movie so I thought I would organise a scare for my new girlfriend," John told LADbible. "So I got my mum to dress up as the clown. Best bit was they hadn't been introduced to each other before.
"They got on great once we had stopped laughing and Kaleigh had got her nerves back."
Luckily for John he's not gotten in too much shit for his prank, and claims that his girlfriend saw the funny side.
"She was just laughing, saying she is going to get me back," he said.
If you're enjoying the current influx of clowns on society, then the news that there'll be an It sequel should fill you with joy.
Stephen King's novel (which spans more than 1,100 pages) is split into two parts - the first is set in 1989 when the central characters are a group of kids known as the Loser's Club, before the plot shifts several decades later, when they've all grown up.
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Director Andrés Muschietti has told MTV: "It won't be a comedy. If the second movie happens, I really want to recover the dialogue between the two timelines that the book had."
So if you weren't scared by the new movie, then it might be worth waiting for the sequel to get a proper fright.
Muschietti has told Variety of roughly how long until it will be released: "We'll probably have a script for the second part in January. Ideally, we would start prep in March. Part one is only about the kids. Part two is about these characters 30 years later as adults, with flashbacks to 1989 when they were kids."
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