Dust off your curly wigs and oversized shoes: Alamo Drafthouse will be hosting clown-only screenings of It. And if that doesn’t terrify you, you are wrong. I’m sorry, I don’t make the rules.
What Is It?
If you’ve never braved your way through the horrorscape that is It, be it the original Stephen King novel or the 1990 miniseries starring Tim Curry, here’s a very quick, rudimentary, spoiler-free rundown: Fictional small town of Derry, Maine is plagued by a murderous monster with a penchant for lurking in sewers and snatching up little kids. And what does this monster look like? A creepy as hell clown.
The new adaptation, directed by Andrés Muschietti and starring Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise the clown, opens nationwide on September 8th, but you can gather as many friends as you can fit into your tiny car and meet at Alamo Drafthouse on September 9th for these clown-only screenings. If you’re into that sort of thing, of course.
Before you make that decision, however, you may want to watch the trailer:
It Clown-Only Screenings
Here’s how the theater chain describes the event on their website:
For this special Clown screening of IT, all attendees should arrive dressed as a clown. We'll have photo opportunities, prizes for the best costume and other terrifying merriment. Please arrive in your own Pennywise best and be ready to float with us.
Don’t worry, though, if your makeup skills aren't quite up to snuff. Alamo Dratfhouse promises to have face-painters on standby for “touchups.” How considerate.
This is not the first time Alamo Drafthouse has held “___ Only” screenings. In May, the Texas-based chain received backlash and accusations of sexism for hosting women-only screenings of Wonder Woman—and event that was so successful, as it turned out, that they just added more screenings.
While the idea of sitting in a darkened theater watching a psychotic clown terrorize a group of kids on the big screen, while surrounded by actual living, breathing clowns, fills me with an unparalleled level of horror, I like to think that Alamo Drafthouse organized this as a sort of clapback to the Wonder Woman trolls. Alright boys, you want to be included in these selective screenings? Fine. Gotta dress like a clown though.