The newest adaptation of Stephen King's It will be hitting theaters on September 8th. But for real life clowns, the horror has already started. According to the Hollywood Reporter, they're starting to lose work. The first It adaptation had Tim Curry playing Pennywise, and was released as a miniseries on ABC.

"For my generation, It launched untold cases of coulrophobia," says film blogger and Stephen King fanatic Scott Wampler, who like millions of '80s kids will never forget his first viewing. "It was the first exposure that a lot of kids my age had to horror movies. Parents weren't taking their kids to see scary movies, but they let them watch It on TV because it aired in primetime."

In case you don't remember, clowns already went through a rough patch last year.

"Last year we were really blindsided," says World Clown Association president Pam Moody of the evil clown sightings — typically pranksters in store-bought clown masks who lurked near schools and in residential neighborhoods, sometime with weapons in hand. "We've since created a press kit to prepare clowns for the movie coming out."

I've never had a fear of clowns. I've never really loved clowns. To me, they've always just kind of existed. But I do want to see the new movie, and re-watch the original ABC miniseries.

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