Tyler James knew his boss, Grant, hated horror movies. But when Tyler showed up in the ticket queue at Forum 6 Cinemas, where he works, dressed as the terrifying clown from the new It remake, Grant seemed to take it quiet well.
“That is awesome. Can we get a photo?” Grant asked as Tyler, decked out in a yellow rain coat, terrifying clown mask and signature red balloon approached the counter.
“Are you going to watch It now?” Grant asked. Tyler, in character, said nothing. “You should go and see it.”
Customers in the cinema were laughing, on edge – “It’s freaking me out,” one woman said as he purchased her ticket.
“I’m giving you a ticket to go see it because I just think it is awesome,” Grant said of Tyler’s performance. “It is so clever.”
As Grant held the ticket over the counter, Tyler went for the scare. The big reveal scored him a free ticket to see It on Monday.
“It was brilliant, although nowhere near as terrifying as I thought it would be,” Tyler said.
The young movie buff and JK Rowling fan knows his stuff. He has met countless celebrities and had dinner with Evanna Lynch, who played Luna Lovegood, Robbie Jarvis, the young James Potter, and Devon Murray who played Seamus Finnigan in the Harry Potter franchise.
“They were all so lovely and down to earth. That's definitely been some of my most memorable moments,” Tyler said.
When Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them arrived on the big screen, Tyler saw the film a whopping 15 times in cinemas.
“I love that I get to see the happiness on everyones’ faces as they walk out of the cinema after seeing a movie,” he said of working at Forum 6.
“To me, that says that they've had a great time and we were able to provide that for them.”
Meanwhile, the 2017 remake of Stephen King’s 1986 horror novel It, starring Bill Skarsgård as the titular scary clown, has been a smash at the box office.
It took an incredible $13.5 million, according to Variety, the third-largest for 2017 behind Disney’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 at $17 million, and Beauty and the Beast with $16.3 million.
At the Forum 6 Cinema in Tamworth, Tyler said he has more antics in the planning stages – but promised his boss he would take it easy on him next time.
“I'm on the early stages of planning another one - but it won't be as scary for Grant this time,” he said.