Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Shyamalan's Shadows

"Good cannot exist without evil and evil cannot exist without good." 
— M. Night Shyamalan

Glass is coming.

January 18, 2019 - M. Night Shyamalan's Glass opens in wide release. It follows two-thirds of his trilogy, Unbreakable (2000) and Split (2017).


"If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten." -- 
Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936).

January 18, 1882 - A. A. Milne, English author, poet, and playwright, is born. He is best known for his books about the teddy bear Winnie-the-Pooh.

January 18, 1932 – Robert Anton Wilson, American psychologist, author, poet, and playwright, is born. He wrote nonfiction and partly autobiographical books, including Cosmic Trigger Trilogy (1977-1995), and novels, such as The Illuminatus! Trilogy (1975).

January 18, 1936 – Rudyard Kipling, English author and poet, Nobel Prize laureate, dies. He wrote many works, including the short stories, "The Man Who Would Be King" (1888) and "The Mark of the Beast" (1891).

January 18, 1967 – Albert DeSalvo, the "Boston Strangler," is convicted of numerous crimes and is sentenced to life imprisonment.

January 18, 1967 - Clint Eastwood's A Fistful of Dollars is released in the USA.

January 18, 1985 - The Coen Brothers' Blood Simple debuts in Texas.

January 18, 2008 - Matt Reeves' Cloverfield opens.

March 19, 1955 - Walter Bruce Willis is born in Idar-Oberstein, Rhineland-Palatinate, West Germany. David Dunn.

Unbreakable (2000)

Split (2017)

Death Wish (2018)

Glass (2019)

April 16, 1996 - Anya Taylor-Joy is born in Miami, Florida. Casey Cooke

The Witch (2015)

Morgan (2016)

Split (2017)

Glass (2019)

April 21, 1979 - James McAvoy Jr. is born in Glasgow, Scotland. Kevin Wendell Crumb / The Horde / The Beast

Split (2017)

Atomic Blonde (2017)

Glass (2019)

August 6, 1970 - M. Night Shyamalan, was born in Mahé, Puducherry, India, and grew up in the suburban Penn Valley area of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

September 24, 1987 - Spencer Treat Clark is born in New York, New York. Joseph Dunn.

Arlington Road  (1999)

Gladiator (2000)

Unbreakable (2000)

Glass (2019)

December 21, 1948 - Samuel Leroy Jackson is born in Washington, D. C. Elijah Price / Mr. Glass.

Unbreakable (2000)

Glass (2019)

December 29, 1953 - Charlayne Woodard is born in Albany, New York. Mrs. Price, Elijah's mother.

Unbreakable (2000)

Glass (2019)

The Last Jedi (2017)

Friday, August 17, 2018

Creepy Clowns Check-In

The actual Whataburger in Albuquerque, New Mexico, terrorized by a "creepy clown."

It is time to do a little roundup of recent clown stories.

Albuquerque Police say they arrested a "creepy clown" that was terrorizing customers at a local Whataburger.

On Monday night, August 6, 2018, police arrested 32-year-old Stephen Ames, who was reported to be wearing a clown mask and waving a machete at customers in the parking lot of the Whataburger at the intersection of Carlisle and Claremont.

According to a criminal complaint, the manager of the Whataburger told Ames to leave after he reportedly spent 20 minutes in the restaurant’s restroom. Once outside, the manager said Ames took out the machete from its sheath and started banging it against his knee. Fearing an attack, police say the manager then locked the doors of the restaurant.

The original Whataburgers used a "W" in their roof design.

They evolved, by 1961, to some locations with the W-less look, while still retaining the A-frame look.

Police say Ames then approached cars that were stopped at a nearby traffic signal. While wearing the clown mask, police say Ames blew kisses at passengers, then approached a car to write the words “kill you” on a window. Before the car could leave, police say Ames shouted “I will f**k you up” at the occupants.

When police arrived at the scene, they say they encountered Ames with the clown mask on, thrusting his hips in a sexual manner toward the Whataburger restaurant. Ames was taken into custody without further incident. Police say they found a filled heroin needle in Ames’ possession, along with the machete.

h/t AWG
Other incidents...

On July 10, 2018, a gunman involved in a robbery reportedly wearing a golden "angry clown" mask shot a Waffle House patron in Atlanta, Georgia.

Sightings of a Phantom Clown described variously with a "clown mask," and/or with "red hair and red pants," near the Hudson Falls Primary School, occurred on May 29, 2018.  The Post-Star (Glens Falls, NY) 5-31-18, pg. 3, notes, "Police looking into 'clown' sighting near Kingsbury school."

At the Little Caesars pizza shop in Holly Hill, Florida, around 11:50 pm on May 26, 2018, a "clown" attacked an employee closing up the store. The "clown" used a wooden post. The employee pulled out his concealed weapon and shot the attacker dead.

Two men wearing clown masks held up a Queens, New York, Walgreen's at gunpoint on May 22, 2018.

On April 11, 2018, there was a Beverly Hills, California incident involving a clown, kids, and a machete. NBC Los Angeles, on April 11, 2018, at 10:19 pm PDT, updated their story:  "A man in a clown mask spooked a Beverly Hills neighborhood Wednesday when he reportedly wielded a machete at children."

On April 9, 2018, WPRI in Warwick, Rhode Island, reported, "Clown-masked robber targets local Dunkin' Donuts."


See "Phantom Clowns: Classified," for the definition and differences between Phantom Clowns, Killer Clowns, and Stalking Clowns.

See also "Creepy Clowns" and the NY Post's historical article from 2016.