films The Scariest Clown Movies in Film History

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List Rules 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 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 Christopher Titus, John Vernon, Royal Dano

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Gacy Adam Baldwin, Allison Lange, Charlie Weber

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Halloween Malcolm McDowell, Danny Trejo, Danielle Harris

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The Devil's Rejects Diamond Dallas Page, Danny Trejo, Ginger Lynn

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The Dark Knight Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman

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Zombieland Emma Stone, Amber Heard, Bill Murray

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Amusement Jessica Lucas, Katheryn Winnick, Laura Breckenridge

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Stitches Geoffrey Lewis, Parker Stevenson, Tony Longo

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Batman Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Michael Keaton

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Clownhouse Sam Rockwell, Nathan Forrest Winters, Brian McHugh

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The Nightmare Before Christmas Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman

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Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers Danielle Harris, Donald Pleasence, Beau Starr

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Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers Danielle Harris, Donald Pleasence, Kathleen Kinmont

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Drive-Thru Leighton Meester, Penn Dayton Badgley, Melora Hardin

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Clown Norman Reedus

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Houses That October Built

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Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker Angie Harmon, Mark Hamill, Melissa Joan Hart

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Batman Begins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Clown Movies in Film History
Batman Begins Katie Holmes, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

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Pee-wee's Big Adventure Phil Hartman, Morgan Fairchild, Tim Burton

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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 Ariel Winter, Michael Emerson, Peter Weller

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Krampus is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Scariest Clown Movies in Film History
Krampus Toni Collette, Adam Scott, Allison Tolman

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100 Tears Raine Brown, Jeff Dylan Graham, Kibwe Dorsey

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The Last Circus Carolina Bang, Santiago Segura, Merche Romero

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Batman & Robin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Scariest Clown Movies in Film History
Batman & Robin Arnold Schwarzenegger, George Clooney, Uma Thurman

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Frayed Tony Doupe, Kellee Bradley, Don Brady

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Bowling Balls Shaggy 2 Dope

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Blood Harvest Peter Krause, Tiny Tim, William Dexter

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Vulgar Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, Ethan Suplee