Why in the the world are clowns so scary and creepy? Why are the people who say they don't see clowns as creepy and scary... So creepy and scary themselves? The answers are endless but the result is always the same, more often than not, we see clowns as entities that we should avoid. And that is getting extremely impossible, as a rash of creepy clown sightings continue to haunt America.

And this is a shame, too. These merry pranksters are probably getting a bad rap. The problem is that so few of us know any clowns. That we can't really attest to what their good character traits might be, perhaps they are all fine fellows?

However, long before clowns had their recent 15 minutes of fame (literally), their was a host of movies that showed these guys and gals in a far more ghastly light. Whether it was a person dressed as a clown, a doll, or a human-clown hybrid, the majority of on screen portrayals were less than flattering.

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At the same time, it was these portrayals that made us remember these movies. Take out the clown and you lose the heart and soul of the movie. How is this possible? How can we be creeped out yet need to experience the visceral thrill of this living, breathing (in most cases) frightfests?

With Halloween around the corner and the threat of a clown apocalypse now merely a whisper away, it seemed high time for some of these scary spectacles to have their day. So it is without further adieu that we present you with, "The Top 13 Scariest Clown Movies of All Time." You may argue that some of these movies aren't clown movies, but we say without the clown you may not have a movie!



Okay, you've got a book by Stephen King. Already this puts this film leagues above any other in the clown genre. One of the screenwriters is Tommy Lee Wallace. He directed a little film called Halloween 3: Season of the Witch. Add to this that you have a tale of a killer clown called Pennywise (played by Dr. Frank-N-Furter himself, Tim Curry), that takes place over generations, and suddenly it becomes something akin to art. With the creep factor on high as Pennywise goes after a group of young kids, things kick into high gear 30 years later when Pennywise returns. The fact that Pennywise is a monster, a demon and just about every other incarnation of evil, adds both spectacle and gravitas to this clowniest of clown films. How else to explain why, in a performance so unapologetically spine tingling, off set Curry's co-stars avoided him?

Evan Jacobs