On August 10, 2019, after learning of a bizarre police incident involving a clown on the seven-year anniversary of the Aurora, Colorado theater shooting, I found my syncy-sense tingling. I subsequently predicted that Joker’s Venice Film Festival premiere on August 31 and wide release date on October 4 would be days of violence. I was correct about the first date, which saw police using excessive force against protesters at Boston’s Straight Pride Parade (attended by at least a couple of men dressed as clowns, it should be noted), a knife attack in France that left one person dead and eight injured, and most synchromystically significant, a mass shooting in Texas that ended with eight dead and twenty-one injured. The Aurora incident of 2012 resonated in this case – the gunman’s rampage was put to a stop in the parking lot of a movie theater, and this was a day of intense, aurora-producing geomagnetic storms.
Joker’s advertised wide release is October 4, but Warner Brothers is allowing preshows in the U.S. on October 3 starting at 4:00 PM. This is now only a few days away, and I continue to stand by my prediction that violence will occur, though I am now leaning toward the 3rd rather than the 4th. Interestingly, the number of days between August 31 and October 3 is 33, a number of power to Freemasons, mystics, and occultists. (And possibly evil clowns – killer clown John Wayne Gacy was convicted and executed for the rape and murder of 33 victims.) Regions close to the 33rd parallel have had more than their fair share of high-profile violent events, which include the first shots of the Civil War fired at Fort Sumter, the first atomic blast at the Trinity site, and the assassinations of JFK and RFK. This latitude is one to watch closely for a Red Dawn event next weekend.
Something interesting I did not predict was that clowns and clown-related events would make the news repeatedly during this 33-day period. Here is a timeline of what I have encountered so far:
September 5 and 6 – It Chapter 2 had preshows on the 5th and went full grind on the 6th. No Red Dawn events were associated with the film’s opening.
September 7 – In Penryn, west Cornwall, a Pennywise-style mask-wearing individual toting a long sharp object was reported to be approaching children and possibly trying to abduct them. The creepy clown was sighted again on Friday the 13th.
September 14 – In an auditorium showing It Chapter 2 at a Regal Cinemas theater in Arlington, Virginia, an individual yelled something about an active shooter. Panic, an evacuation, and a massive police response followed. The incident was determined to have been a false alarm.
September 17 – A man in a “killer clown mask” showed up in Brentford, west London, and terrified at least one child.
September 18 – An email warning service members of possible incel violence at Joker screenings was circulated. An Army memo with more specific information was released five days later.
September 21 – Actor Sid Haig, who portrayed evil clown Captain Spaulding in Rob Zombie’s horror films House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects, and 3 from Hell passed away.
September 23 – A Russellville, Arkansas teen captured video of a creepy clown digging a hole on the side of the road.
September 24 – Police responded to a report of a church’s being spray painted with graffiti. On one wall was the Joker’s famous quote, “Why so serious?”
September 24 – Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the initiation of a formal impeachment inquiry against President Trump. Trump, with his orange skin, odd hair and oversized tie, is frequently described as clownish. In his book about the 2016 election, Matt Taibbi dubbed Trump "Insane Clown President." At the heart of the impeachment inquiry is a call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, a comedian who has been criticized as being nothing more than a clown. Zelensky has taken the criticism in stride, and even posted a photo of himself as a clown on Instagram.
September 27 – The South Florida Sun Sentinel website published excerpts from accused killer clown Sheila Warren’s correspondence, obtained through a public records request, to friends and family. Accused of painting her face, donning an orange wig and a red nose, and gunning down a woman whose husband she would later marry, Warren maintains her innocence.
Arriving in cinemas alongside Joker this weekend will be Wrinkles the Clown, a documentary about a creepy clown who scares misbehaving kids for moms and dads with questionable parenting skills in exchange for cash. It Chapter 2 is still drawing business, and will continue to play widely across the U.S. as well. No one likes a clown at midnight, yet cinemas will provide an assortment of Midnight Clown-Boys this weekend as the curious clown currents converge and the 33-day period of clown creepiness concludes. Stay safe.