Cinemas across America have announced they will ban film fans from wearing masks to new screenings following fears they could lead to violence.

This comes after a decision by a Colorado movie theater to confiscate masks from cinemagoers who attended IT Chapter Two. However, cinema bosses maintained this was not due to concerns about violence, but out of consideration for people suffering from Coulrophobia (fear of clowns).

The film features Pennywise, the evil clown from Stephen King’s 1986 horror novel It, who has a variety of powers – the ability to shapeshift, manipulate and go unnoticed by adults.

The character hasreturned after three decades to once again terrorize the town of Derry, Maine. When people start disappearing mysteriously the childhood friends who encountered him previously, now all grown up, are called back together for one last stand.

The film uses some fantastic special effects and matches the horror with some wonderfully funny moments. It relies on the plot everyone expects and although it has been accused of being over-long has a surprise cameo from Stephen King and is a worthy addition to the genre.

Modern horror fans love dressing up as their favourite characters and have continued creating their own costumes, painting their faces and wearing coloured contact lenses from

Far from banning masks, Harkins Theaters took an opposite view and offered fans the chance to have their picture taken alongside Pennywise. They were even encouraged to put on a yellow raincoat and pose for photos in front of an IT Chapter Two backdrop. Try to forget Georgie was wearing a yellow raincoat when Pennywise bit his arm off and killed him. If you do decide to attend a cosplay party you’re probably safer as Pennywise than you are Georgie!