Stephen King's It isn't technically about a clown. It's about a supernatural force that can take the shape of your deepest, darkest fears. Luckily for NO ONE, many people's fears take the form of clowns. Terrifying clowns with terrible teeth. And that's how we got Pennywise, the wisecracking, dancing, clown of our nightmares.
American Horror Story: Freak Show is the fourth season of this spooky show and the first to feature a scary clown. Twisty almost immediately gained a spot on the list of the scariest clowns ever thanks to that mouth-for-days face mask. Oh, and his penchant for violent murdering.
Sure, combine sad dog movies with the scary clown movies! It's just a recipe for total misery. Air Bud may not seem like the movie in which you'd find one of the most frightening painted faces ever on screen, but the evil clown/sad sad man that is Norm Snively gave this silly kids' movie about a basketball playing dog its very own horror movie feel. That scene when Air Bud is standing between the kid and the clown and they're both calling him and he has to decide who to run to to be with forever?! Come ON.
Captain Spaulding is a Rob Zombie creation. This arch-eyebrowed, tiny-hatted beast of a clown is by far the scariest part of House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil's Rejects. Do me a favor. If you stop at a gas station and a terrifying clown asks you to go into his haunted house, politely tip your cap, say, "No thank you, sir," tiptoe back to your car, and drive far, far away.
The Joker, and especially Heath Ledger's Joker, is the most chilling villain on the list. We don't necessarily think of the Joker as a traditional clown, but the perverted makeup and the constant wisecracks make him such a terrifyingly realistic villain.
John Wayne Gacy is a a real life serial killer who entertained at hospitals and kids' parties as Pogo the Clown in order to make connections with young men he would later torture, kill, and bury in his basement. Sooooo, sweet dreams!
While Childrens Hospital is a comedy (and a hilarious one at that), Dr. Blake Downs, who always wears scary clown makeup and believes that laughter is the best medicine, literally, is not someone you want in charge of your health. He's a maniac and a terrible doctor and possibly even a worse clown.
The Jigsaw doll is the face of the Saw villain, and what a face it is. Sure, he's a crazy-looking clown doll, but then he rides into your torture chamber on a squeaky tricycle. That's when things really get bonkers.
He may only be a dream clown, but this evil guy was enough to make you hide under the covers and never come out. Good thing I never saw The Brave Little Toaster as a kid, otherwise, I wouldn't be the (moderately) well-adjusted adult I am today.
An entry in the bible of 1980s camp, Killer Klowns From Outer Space is about nasty-looking alien clowns who turn people into giant cotton candy cocoons. That ridiculous premise doesn't mean that these aren't some of the nastiest, creepiest clowns out there.
Halloween isn't about a clown. But it is about Michael Myers, who went crazy one night when he was a little boy (wearing a clown costume) and stabbed his sister to death. That earns him a spot on the list. That clown mask is no joke. Neither is that knife...
British comedian Ross Noble stars as Stitches in this hilarious (and scary) 2012 film of the same name. He's a birthday clown who died in a tragic accident and comes back to exact revenge on the kids who accidentally killed him. It's a perfect little movie starring the most disheveled of clowns.
Bart Simpson's evil clown bed is every bit as terrifying as every other clown on this list. Imagine waking up to that face every morning. Not to mention it's in a position where it's clutching Bart in its creepy clown hands.
Marvelous Mervo is the clown of the indie horror movie Blood Harvest. Mervo is played by Tiny Tim, which is so bizarre. He plays an eccentric guy who plays ukulele, sings, dresses up as a clown, and oh yeah, may be a serial killer.
Why anyone would have a clown doll sitting on a rocking chair in a bedroom is beyond me, but especially don't do it if you're house was built on a burial ground. Just don't! It will definitely get possessed by an evil spirit and drag you away under the bed (where you know there are only more monsters!!!).
Bozo the Clown has been scaring children all over the world since the 1940s. He haunted record covers as the mascot for Capitol Records until he began torturing children through their television sets in the 1960s. He didn't stop the madness until 2001, and he still pops up from time to time to ruin people's lives. It is said that over 200 different actors portrayed this monster, which means that there are well over 200 people (thinking tv crews, Captiol Records execs) who care not that they caused a pervasive phobia.