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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Clown Movies in Film History

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    Tim Curry, Seth Green, John Ritter

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    Poltergeist is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Clown Movies in Film History


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

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    House of 1000 Corpses is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Clown Movies in Film History


    Rob Zombie, Chris Hardwick, Karen Black

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    Killer Klowns from Outer Space is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Clown Movies in Film History

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    Christopher Titus, John Vernon, Royal Dano

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    Gacy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Clown Movies in Film History


    Adam Baldwin, Allison Lange, Charlie Weber

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    Halloween is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Clown Movies in Film History

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    Malcolm McDowell, Danny Trejo, Danielle Harris

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    The Devil's Rejects is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Clown Movies in Film History

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    Diamond Dallas Page, Danny Trejo, Ginger Lynn

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    Zombieland is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Clown Movies in Film History

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    Emma Stone, Amber Heard, Bill Murray

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    The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Clown Movies in Film History

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    Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman

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    Amusement is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Clown Movies in Film History


    Jessica Lucas, Katheryn Winnick, Laura Breckenridge

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    Stitches is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Clown Movies in Film History

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    Geoffrey Lewis, Parker Stevenson, Tony Longo

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    Batman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Clown Movies in Film History

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    Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Michael Keaton

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    Clownhouse is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Clown Movies in Film History


    Sam Rockwell, Nathan Forrest Winters, Brian McHugh

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    The Nightmare Before Christmas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Clown Movies in Film History

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    Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman

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    Halloween 5: The Revenge of Mi... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Clown Movies in Film History

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    Danielle Harris, Donald Pleasence, Beau Starr

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    Drive-Thru is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Clown Movies in Film History

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    Leighton Meester, Penn Dayton Badgley, Melora Hardin

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    Halloween 4: The Return of Mic... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Clown Movies in Film History

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    Danielle Harris, Donald Pleasence, Kathleen Kinmont

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    The Return of the Killer Klown... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Clown Movies in Film History
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    Clown is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Clown Movies in Film History


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    Batman Beyond: Return of the J... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Clown Movies in Film History

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    Angie Harmon, Mark Hamill, Melissa Joan Hart

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    Houses That October Built is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Clown Movies in Film History

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    Houses That October Built

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    Clownstrophobia is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Clown Movies in Film History

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    Batman: The Dark Knight Return... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Clown Movies in Film History

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    Ariel Winter, Michael Emerson, Peter Weller

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    Katie Holmes, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

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    Pee-wee's Big Adventure is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Clown Movies in Film History

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    Phil Hartman, Morgan Fairchild, Tim Burton

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    100 Tears is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Scariest Clown Movies in Film History

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    Raine Brown, Jeff Dylan Graham, Kibwe Dorsey

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, George Clooney, Uma Thurman

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    Bowling Balls is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Scariest Clown Movies in Film History

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    Shaggy 2 Dope

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    Blood Harvest is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Scariest Clown Movies in Film History

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    Peter Krause, Tiny Tim, William Dexter

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    Frayed is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Scariest Clown Movies in Film History

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    Tony Doupe, Kellee Bradley, Don Brady

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    Vulgar is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Scariest Clown Movies in Film History

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    Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, Ethan Suplee

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    The Last Circus is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Scariest Clown Movies in Film History

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    Carolina Bang, Santiago Segura, Merche Romero

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    Toni Collette, Adam Scott, Allison Tolman

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