These Other Clowns

Are the Stuff of Nightmares

By Desiree Pore

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If you think we’re making up our fear of clowns well, we’re not. There’s even an appropriate term for it; Coulrophobia is the technical term for fear of clowns. With the release of It, we can’t help but stay away from children’s parties. And sewers, for that matter.

Aside from Pennywise, these other clowns from horror movies made us rethink of going to the bathroom at midnight.

Doll, Poltergeist

If there’s anything even more frightening than clowns, well it’s haunted dolls. In the film, the clown doll is seen terrorizing the family, and acts as a distraction so that other ghosts can claim the little girl, Carol Anne. A haunted clown doll isn’t something we would want in our house, tbh.


The Laugh, Amusement

A clown with full-on makeup is already terrifying, what more a nose-less clown? Amusement is an anthology horror film that tells the story of Tabitha Wright, Lisa Swan, and Shelby Leds as they are being stalked and hunted by a serial killer. This serial killer turned out to be a person from their past holding a grudge against them.


Kent McCoy, Clown

We’re all here for clowns with sad backgrounds; just like in Clown, where a father finds a clown suit for his son’s birthday party only for him to realize that the suit is haunted. Wait until you get to the part where he tries to take off the red nose.


Twisty the Clown, American Horror Story: Freak Show

We all know that if we want to satisfy our horror cravings, we’ll tune into American Horror Story, and the show never disappoints. On AHS: Freak Show, we were introduced with the character of Twisty the Clown. Behind his awfully terrifying appearance is a traumatizing past; he was dropped on his head when he was a baby causing a minor mental disability,  because of their jealousy, some of the freaks from the carnival spread a lie that he was molesting children, his alcoholic mother died, he attempted suicide by shooting himself, only to earn his now disfigured face.

Killer Klowns, Killer Klowns From Outer Space

When you first see the creepy looking clowns from Killer Klowns From Outer Space, you wouldn’t think that it’s a comedy film. A cult favorite, the film is about an army of sadistic aliens (in which the aliens on this film are dressed up as clowns) looking to invade the earth. Fans have been asking for a sequel, and with the recent success of It, anything’s possible.


Horny the Clown, Drive-Thru

A clown that’s also a serial killer; if that doesn’t scare you then good for you. Drive-Thru features Horny the Clown, a vengeful killer who’s out on a killing spree to get revenge on the people who murdered him. Tbh, Horny is one of the scariest clowns we’ve ever seen.


Kurt, Frayed

If you’re looking to find an underrated true horror film, then Frayed is what you need. Frayed tells the story of a town sheriff whose insane son murdered his mother 13 years ago; he has since escaped and is out on a killing spree and stumbles upon the sheriff’s daughter from his new wife. The film has a lot of unexpected twists (especially the ending) that’ll keep you thinking even after watching it and a true final girl, making it a must watch for horror genre aficionados.


Emmett, Scary or Die

Scary or Die is an anthology film comprised of 5 segments, one of which (and the longest) is called Clowned. In Clowned, a drug dealer is bitten by a flesh-eating clown at a birthday party; he soon turns into a “were-clown” that has an immense craving for human flesh. If you want your childhood ruined and see Chad from High School Musical play a creepy looking clown, then be our guest.


Which of these clowns made you hold your pee in the middle of the night? Tell us in the comments below!

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