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The Scariest Clown Movies in Film History

Updated September 25, 2019 28.0k votes 5.2k voters 221.5k views35 items

List RulesOnly 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

    Released1990

    Directed byTommy Lee Wallace

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    Poltergeist

    Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams

    Released1982

    Directed byTobe Hooper

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    Halloween is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Clown Movies in Film History
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    Halloween

    Malcolm McDowell, Danny Trejo

    Released2007

    Directed byRob Zombie

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    House of 1000 Corpses is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Clown Movies in Film History
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    House of 1000 Corpses

    Rob Zombie, Chris Hardwick

    Released2003

    Directed byRob Zombie

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    The Devil's Rejects is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Clown Movies in Film History
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    The Devil's Rejects

    Diamond Dallas Page, Danny Trejo

    Released2005

    Directed byRob Zombie

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    Killer Klowns from Outer Space

    Christopher Titus, John Vernon

    Released1988

    Directed byStephen Chiodo

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    The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Clown Movies in Film History
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    The Dark Knight

    Christian Bale, Michael Caine

    Released2008

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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

    Adam Baldwin, Allison Lange

    Released2003

    Directed byClive Saunders

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    It

    Jaeden Lieberher, Bill Skarsgård

    Released2017

    Directed byAndy Muschietti

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

    Emma Stone, Amber Heard

    Released2009

    Directed byRuben Fleischer

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

    Katie Maguire, Catherine Corcoran

    Released2018

    Directed byDamien Leone

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

    Geoffrey Lewis, Parker Stevenson

    Released1985

    Directed byRod Holcomb

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

    Norman Reedus

    Released2008

    Directed byTate Steinsiek

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    Halloween 4: The Return of Mic is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Clown Movies in Film History
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    Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers

    Danielle Harris, Donald Pleasence

    Released1988

    Directed byDwight H. Little

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    The Nightmare Before Christmas is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Clown Movies in Film History
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    The Nightmare Before Christmas

    Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara

    Released1993

    Directed byHenry Selick

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    Clownhouse

    Sam Rockwell, Nathan Forrest Winters

    Released1989

    Directed byVictor Salva

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    It: Chapter Two

    Bill Skarsgård, James McAvoy

    Released2019

    Directed byAndy Muschietti

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    Amusement

    Jessica Lucas, Katheryn Winnick

    Released2008

    Directed byJohn Simpson

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    Batman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Clown Movies in Film History
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    Batman

    Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger

    Released1989

    Directed byTim Burton

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    Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers

    Danielle Harris, Donald Pleasence

    Released1989

    Directed byDominique Othenin-Girard

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

    Leighton Meester, Penn Dayton Badgley

    Released2007

    Directed byShane Kuhn, Brendan Cowles

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    Krampus is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Clown Movies in Film History
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    Toni Collette, Adam Scott

    Released2015

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    Killjoy

    Debbie Rochon, Nicole Pulliam

    Released2000

    Directed byCraig Ross Jr.

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    Brandy Schaefer, Zack Andrews

    Released2014

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