The Scariest Clown Movies in Film History Films

The Scariest Clown Movies in Film History

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List Criteria: Only horror movies featuring clowns

Movies with the scariest clowns are designed to play on our irrational fear of the normally jolly, happy creatures. Yes, we'd all like to think that clowns are funny and wonderful, but sometimes they aren't. Sometimes, they're serial killers. Sometimes they're possessed by the devil himself. This list includes some of the best scary movies with clowns in them. Vote up the ones that freaked you out the most, and vote down any movies with clowns that just didn't do anything for you. You can also rerank this list and, by all means, add to it!!

Some of the greatest horror films ever made have included terrifying clowns. Take Pennywise the Dancing Clown from 'IT' -- doesn't the mere mention of his name send chills up your spine? Or how about that clown doll from 'Poltergeist'? Admit it - if you owned a clown doll, and you watched that movie, you threw it out/burned it as soon as you got home. And of course, you've got the brilliant Heath Ledger performance as one of the most evil clown-men in film history, The Joker in 'The Dark Knight.' It counts. He's a clown. And he's horrifying.

Do you have a fear of clowns, in movies or otherwise? Know this word: coulrophobia. The best coulrophobia movies are designed to play on this often deep-seated, common phobia. Certainly, some excellent B-movies feature killer clowns. How about Cheezo, Bippo and Dippo from 'Clownhouse'? This murderous trio is pretty unforgettable. '100 Tears' should definitely get a mention, too. And of course, you've got the movie 'Killer Clowns From Outer Space,' a campy romp that features a bevy of killer clowns.

Sometimes, all it takes to scare us half to death is a brief appearance by a scary clown in a film. Remember those evil nurse clowns in 'Pee Wee's Big Adventure'? No? Watch it again. You're welcome. And the Clown Zombie was only on the screen for a brief time in 'Zombieland,' but he sure made an impact. Really, when you're already afraid of clowns, just a quick appearance can send you diving under your theater seat.


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    It

    the people's #1 & most listed
    Tim Curry, Seth Green, John Ritter

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    Poltergeist


    Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Heather O'Rourke

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    House of 1000 Corpses


    Rob Zombie, Chris Hardwick, Karen Black

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    Killer Klowns from Outer Space

    added by Celebrity Lists R
    Christopher Titus, John Vernon, Royal Dano

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    Gacy


    Adam Baldwin, Allison Lange, Charlie Weber

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    Amusement


    Jessica Lucas, Katheryn Winnick, Laura Breckenridge

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    Zombieland

    added by Charley Feldman
    Emma Stone, Amber Heard, Bill Murray

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    Stitches

    added by Charley Feldman
    Geoffrey Lewis, Parker Stevenson, Tony Longo

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    Batman

    often listed & added by midnightq2
    Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Michael Keaton

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    The Devil's Rejects

    ranked low on reranks & added by StacyWolfe
    Diamond Dallas Page, Danny Trejo, Ginger Lynn

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    Clownhouse

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    Sam Rockwell, Nathan Forrest Winters, Brian McHugh

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    Halloween

    ranked low on reranks & added by StacyWolfe
    Malcolm McDowell, Danny Trejo, Danielle Harris

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    Drive-Thru

    added by Charley Feldman
    Leighton Meester, Penn Dayton Badgley, Melora Hardin

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    The Dark Knight

    ranked low on reranks & added by StacyWolfe
    Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman

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    The Return of the Killer Klowns from Outer Space in 3D

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    Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers

    added by StacyWolfe
    Danielle Harris, Donald Pleasence, Beau Starr

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    Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers

    added by StacyWolfe
    Danielle Harris, Donald Pleasence, Kathleen Kinmont

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    Pee-wee's Big Adventure

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    Phil Hartman, Morgan Fairchild, Tim Burton

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    The Nightmare Before Christmas

    added by StacyWolfe
    Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman

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    Clown


    Norman Reedus

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    Clownstrophobia

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    100 Tears

    added by Charley Feldman
    Raine Brown, Jeff Dylan Graham, Kibwe Dorsey

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    The Last Circus

    added by Charley Feldman
    Carolina Bang, Santiago Segura, Merche Romero

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    Vulgar

    about to drop off & added by Charley Feldman
    Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, Ethan Suplee

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    Houses That October Built

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    Houses That October Built

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    Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker

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    Angie Harmon, Mark Hamill, Melissa Joan Hart

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    Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1

    added by StacyWolfe
    Ariel Winter, Michael Emerson, Peter Weller

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    added by StacyWolfe
    Katie Holmes, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

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    added by StacyWolfe
    Arnold Schwarzenegger, George Clooney, Uma Thurman

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    Blood Harvest

    added by laustcawz
    Peter Krause, Tiny Tim, William Dexter

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    Bowling Balls

    added by Dark Orion
    Bowling Balls Shaggy 2 Dope

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    Frayed

    added by wiabux
    Tony Doupe, Kellee Bradley, Don Brady

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