It’s one of cinema’s most disturbing images: the seemingly benign clown from 1982’s horror classic Poltergeist springing to life and wrapping its arms tentacle-like around the throat of petrified little Robbie Freeling. But where is it today?
Unearthed by the new docu-series Collection Complete (which takes an in-depth look into the lives of filmmakers and artists and the collections that fuel their work, as presented by Gemr.com, a platform for collectors worldwide to display, discuss, buy and sell the pop culture objects of their fascination), the screen-used prop resides within the rarely-seen collection of Horror’s Hallowed Grounds creator Sean Clark, and is showcased in the series’ latest episode, which you can now watch below.
A deep dive into his life-long fascination with horror, the episode (co-directed by Dread Central’s own Sean Decker, who created the series along with producer Carlee Baker) focuses on not only Clark’s interesting acquisition of the infamous clown, but also his unwavering passion for the genre itself.
From his early introduction to Fangoria (his grade school teacher would confiscate his issue of #9, which featured an at-the-time controversial cover image from the 1980 film Motel Hell) and the magazine’s Weekend of Horrors conventions, to his subsequent and later creation of the horror-centric celebrity personal appearance booking company Convention All Stars (which represents Halloween’s Jamie Lee Curtis, among others), Clark muses on his attraction to the genre, and to collecting items integral to it.
“Something about being a horror fan, and being a collector is that you want to embrace the things that terrified you.”Sean Clark – Collection Complete
The first of many (future episodes are set to showcase other items in Clark’s jaw-dropping assemblage, from the screen-used saw from director Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 to the only surviving Wayne Doba-worn monster masks from 1981’s The Funhouse, and much, much more), we’ll be bringing you upcoming episodes of Collection Complete here at Dread Central as the year unfolds.
What’s more, for the next two weeks, those who create a free account at Gemr.com’s horror club HERE will have a chance to WIN A COPY of that previously mentioned and extremely rare Fangoria issue #9!
Subscribe to the series’ Youtube channel to see previous episodes of Collection Complete, which also venture into the personal collections of filmmakers Mike Mendez of Tales of Halloween fame and The Hills Run Red producer Robert Meyer Burnett, with more to come.