Is Hollywood Giving Clowns A Bad Name?


So, there’s a little show on FX called American Horror Story, and it is wonderfully creepy.  This season’s story, Freak Show, centers around a failing freak show, one of the last, during the 1950’s.  Beyond the “freaks” at the show, the series has also decided to bring in a character named Twisty the Clown, who may be the most terrifying character ever seen outside of your nightmares.  As scary as that character is, however, it appears that there may be something that can add even more fuel to your bad dreams.  What can possibly be more terrifying than a clown? A whole group of angry clowns, and that’s exactly who is attacking the television series by claiming that the series gives clowns a bad name. (more…)

Words Good! Read Now!: Volume 2

Welcome back to this thing that is on the internet. In week one of the Words Good! Read Now! micro-revolution I told you about some truly wonderful articles that touched on a 3D printer that could make prescription drugs (incidentally, now they’re making guns with them, so fuck utopia apparently) a look into a legendary recording studio, and the origin story for Nickelodeon Slime. This week there is more brilliance that I have found, more magical stories I wish to share with you — you lucky people!

As always though (and also for the second time ever), we begin with a sexy sexy declarative statement: We do this because we love writers and we love words and if 100 of you read this and go read these articles and then maybe some of you recommend those articles… well, then that will be a decent amount of people reading these things. Blah, blah, blah — Words Good! Read Now!

First up, Rob Lammle tells us about an Indiana Jones movie that would have made Crystal Skull look profound — that’s right, Indiana Jones and the Monkey King. Check out the article on Mental Floss here.

Two articles from Film School Rejects make the cut this week, the first from James Broderick, the author of Now a Terrifying Motion Picture!: Twenty-Five Classic Works of Horror Adapted From Book to Film,” Mr. Broderick takes an excerpt from his book and tells us all about the origins of the classic horror film, Freaks. If you’re a horror fan or a cult movie fan you must read this article.

The second FSR article comes from David Christopher Bell and it reflects on 7 movies that have had to be altered in response to a tragedy. You can read it here.

While we’re here, I want to recommend this article, written by AJ Focht. AJ was in theater 9 in Aurora and he has been personally touched by this tragedy. This is the first of a 3 part series of articles that Mr. Focht is writing about the media, political, and societal response to the Aurora Tragedy with an on-the-ground perspective. In this article, Mr. Focht takes the  press to task and what he reveals about their conduct will infuriate and disgust. This is an important story written with uncompromising truth and clarity in the midst of personal duress — this is the pick of the week. Click here to read the article on the Suicide Girls Blog.

Bryan Whitefield does a splendid write up detailing the rock-doc Shut Up and Play the Hits, which was produced by Adam Yauch (aka MCA from the Beastie Boys, and I really hope you already knew that). The doc details LCD Soundsystems final show at Madison Square Garden. A doc about a concert should feel like a grainy xerox and an article about the doc that is about the concert should be almost indecipherable from the original, but Mr. Whitefield pays tribute to the film and paints a portrait so vivid that you think you are actually watching the film. Check that out on Prefix Magazine’s website.