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Creepy Clown Update – Police Find Kern County Clowns to be Anything but Amusing

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And here we thought they were all nice, balloon-bending lovers of fun… Apparently the clown populace does have a dark side, and police in Kern County have had just about their fill of clowns.

In a recent news story we reported that there have been mysterious sightings of eerie clowns in Kern County, CA, and also in some of the neighboring areas. Was it one clown? Or was it multiple jesters working in cahoots with each other? Whatever it was, it’s something much bigger now, as the clown invasion of Kern County has started to reach epidemic proportions, and the police force is none too happy about it.

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This whole ordeal started with what we’ve now come to know as the Wasco Clown. As it turns out, this was a husband and wife team looking to stir things up a bit. He would dress as the creepy clown and she would photograph him and they would post the image to social media sites. Now that’s a pretty cool idea, especially around Halloween.

Unfortunately, things got a bit carried away. Suddenly clowns started showing up in other areas. Delasco and Bakersfield both spawned their own clowns, and soon urban legends started forming around these mysterious figures. Some told of clowns wielding weapons, chasing children, etc. The original Wasco Clown couple maintain their non-violent beliefs and claim to have nothing to do with these imitators.

Last Saturday police were told a clown with a gun was spotted in Bakersfield, but he was not located. One child said he was chased by a clown carrying an axe (honestly, who among us hasn’t dreamed up that nightmare?), but that was an unsubstantiated report. Police did catch one copycat clown chasing teens around and they hauled him in on suspicion of “annoying a minor.” (Annoying a minor? Could there be a less serious sounding charge?) As it turned out, the offender was a teen himself copying the clowns before him. Imitation surely is the purest form of flattery.

Okay, so what do we know? We know that law enforcement officials in the Wasco County area are about fed up with clowns. They’ve had over 20 reports of armed clowns in the area and are done fooling around with the lot. Bakersfield Police Sgt. Joseph Grubbs told the L.A. Times that they fear the situation could escalate and said, “We will make arrests on this. We want this to stop.”

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SOMA Sailing to Xbox One on December 1

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SOMA (review) will be heading to Xbox One on December 1st with the addition of a new safe mode, and we have all the details you need right here!

SOMA Coming to Xbox One with New “Safe Mode”
There’s no need to be concerned. You are always safe…

Isolated, submerged in the ocean’s darkness, chaos has overtaken the halls of PATHOS-II, and the boundaries of humanity strained beyond repair. From Frictional Games, creators of the critically acclaimed Amnesia series, SOMA is coming to Xbox One on December 1st with the addition of Safe Mode.

Safe Mode introduces an optional new way to play SOMA in the Xbox One and PC releases. Protected from the hostile creatures below, let yourself sink into the mystery and atmosphere of PATHOS-II as you uncover the truth and determine the fate of the station.

SOMA is coming to Xbox One on December 1st and is available to pre-order now. Safe Mode will launch simultaneously as a free update for PC and will be available for PS4 at a later date.

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Thelma Is Fantastic and Now You Can Watch the Opening Scene

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One of this year’s most beautiful and subdued horror films is Joachim Trier’s Thelma (review), which opens in Los Angeles tonight. To give you a bit of what the film is like, The Orchard have released the opening scene, which shows a man and his daughter hunting in the bleak Norwegian winter. When they come across a young deer, the true intentions of this trip become apparent…

Having seen Thelma, I can tell you that it’s truly something special. It’s a slow burn, to be certain, but it plays out gorgeously, resulting in a film that has yet to leave my mind.

Related Story: Exclusive Interview with Thelma’s Joachim Trier

Locations and tickets for Thelma can be found here.

Synopsis:
Thelma, a shy young student, has just left her religious family in a small town on the west coast of Norway to study at a university in Oslo. While at the library one day, she experiences a violent, unexpected seizure. Soon after, she finds herself intensely drawn toward Anja, a beautiful young student who reciprocates Thelma’s powerful attraction. As the semester continues, Thelma becomes increasingly overwhelmed by her intense feelings for Anja – feelings she doesn’t dare acknowledge, even to herself – while at the same time experiencing even more extreme seizures. As it becomes clearer that the seizures are a symptom of inexplicable, often dangerous, supernatural abilities, Thelma is confronted with tragic secrets of her past, and the terrifying implications of her powers.

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Award-Winning The Child Remains Playing Tomorrow at the Blood in the Snow Festival

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The award-winning supernatural thriller The Child Remains, which has been on the festival circuit, is returning to Canada to play tomorrow night at the Blood in the Snow Film Festival in Toronto. Tickets for the screening, which is at 9:30pm, can be found at the festival’s website.

The film has won awards in festivals across Canada as well as Best Foreign Feature at the Unrestricted View Horror Film Festival in London, UK.

Described as The Shining meets Rosemary’s Baby meets The Orphanage, the film stars Suzanne Clément, Allan Hawco, Shelley Thompson, and Geza Kovacs. Directed and written by Michael Melski, who co-produced the film alongside Craig Cameron and David Miller, The Child Remains is aiming for a Canadian theatrical release in Spring 2018 and a US theatrical release in October 2018.

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An expectant couple’s intimate weekend turns to terror when they discover their secluded country inn is a haunted maternity home where unwanted infants and young mothers were murdered. Inspired by the true story of the infamous ‘Butterbox Babies’ and their macabre chapter in Canadian history, The Child Remains is a twisting supernatural thriller that emphasizes story and suspense over shock and gore.

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