Eric King
September 11, 2017 AT 11:59 AM EDT

Isn’t it awkward when you go to a movie and you’re the only person in the theater? Or if there’s only one other person in the theater? Or if there’s only one other person in the theater and it’s a clown with a red balloon?

That’s what happened to Twitter user @HG_Hohbes when he went to see a screening of It, the Stephen King book adaptation about an evil demon that takes the form of a clown called Pennywise and preys upon local children in the fictional town of Derry, Maine. Upon entering his screening of the Andy Muschietti horror flick over the weekend, he was greeted by this sight:

He must be braver than all of us, because instead of high-tailing it out of there, the man stayed in the theater. Of course, the scary clown doubled down on the scary.

In the end, under all the makeup and wig, the clown was just a regular guy (well, maybe not regular). He bravely struck up a conversation.

The story develops from there, surprisingly. One woman replied to the original tweet saying that she works at the cinema in England where this clown sighting took place. She revealed she was behind the whole stunt, making up a man named Jordan Gunner, an actor according to his Twitter bio. 

“Hannah,” It and American Horror Story: Cult have made coulrophobes of all of us by now. We’re one year after the Creepy Clown Hysteria of 2016. Pennsylvania police are warning a return of creepy clown sightings. People are on edge! Now’s not a good time!

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