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‘Killer Klowns From Outer Space’ shrink and destroy their victims in new short film

Writer, by The Black PhoneJoe Hill had to make some major changes to change things from Stephen King’s This one. Apparently, Hill’s killer character “The Grabber” was originally going to be a part-time clown.

At the time, Hill wasn’t sure when it was going to be released, so it became a huge deal. he didn’t want to This one in theaters at the same time as The Black Phone – especially with both killers being clowns in some capacity. So at that point, Hill turned The Grabber into a magician.

“We had a lot of creative input, which is — I don’t know if we want to get into the weeds. I had a lot of creative input, which was when I read the first draft, it was very, very true to the story, and in the short story, when Finney is kidnapped by The Grabber, the guy shows up as a part-time clown. Hill told Screenrant. “He was still a part-time clown in the movie, in the script, which was kind of a natural progression, because the character kind of echoes John Wayne Gacy’s crimes. But I read the script and, I don’t remember if THIS ONE came out at that time or was just about to come out, and I said, “Guys, I don’t think he can be a part-time clown, not with Pennywise about to explode into the American consciousness. I think there’s only room for a deadly clown. What if we made him a part-time magician instead?’”

This is a huge change from what Hill originally wanted, but I can appreciate the change, especially to change any resemblance to anything King and Hill might have gone through.

Synopsis for The Black Phone it goes like this:

Finney Shaw is a shy but intelligent 13-year-old boy who is kept in a soundproof basement by a sadistic, masked killer. When a disconnected phone on the wall starts ringing, he soon discovers he can hear the voices of the killer’s previous victims – and they’re out to make sure what happened to them doesn’t happen to Finney.

The Black Phone is currently available on Blu-ray.

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