When did it become cool to be afraid of clowns? Doesn't it seem like EVERYONE these days says that they are "deathly afraid" of clowns? All a clown wants to do is make you laugh. They are solely motivated by bringing what may only be a fleeting moment of merriment into the dull and otherwise dreary lives of the masses. I guess the obvious answer as to when they became the archetypal object of fear is when that miniseries "It" was released. I was one of the few brilliant people who refused to watch that movie (I'm already cursed with a panic-stricken, overactive imagination, and the last thing I need is demon, flesh-eating clowns populating my nightmares). Thusly, clowns don't scare me a bit. In fact, there is nothing more that I love than a 32-foot, neon, clown and one of the only places to find a 32-foot, neon clown, of which I am aware (if there is another please let me know), is at Circus Liquor in North Hollywood!
|The world-famous Circus Liquor clown on the corner of Burbank Blvd. and Vineland Ave. in North Hollywood, CA|
|You see, that drum beating clown with the exed-out eyes, devilish eyebrows, and sinister smile isn't scary at all. Isn't it worth facing your fears to qualify for "discount cigarettes?"|
Of course, we were there at the most opportune time to get a sun-drenched view of the Circus Liquor clown, but night time is when he really comes alive. I don't mean that figuratively; I'm pretty sure that he actually does come alive to terrorize the unsuspecting, clown-fearing residents of the San Fernando Valley!!!
|Circus Liquor by night |
Come to think of it, the nightmare sequence from Pee Wee's Big Adventure predates "It" by a solid five years. Y'all should have been scared of clowns for a lot longer than you have been!
Pee Wee's Big Adventure (1985).
5600 Vineland Ave.
North Hollywood, CA