Why are clowns so terrifying? Is it the blood-red lips? Or the perpetually-smiling mouths? Maybe they terrified us as children, like Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny. For someone with a fear of clowns, often called “coulrophobia”, even the most joyful clowns are downright sinister. And even when they’re actually harmless, clowns can appear unsettling or weird. As far as we’re concerned, all clowns are scary clowns! With this in mind, we looked at the 13 of the most iconic scary clowns in movies and television, along with a number of honorable mentions.
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Our apologies to anyone with coulrophobia! If you're scared of clowns or know someone who is, we've also made a less-scary version of this same infographic. Click on the image below to see it in full!
So who’s your favorite scary clown? Or clowns? Did they make the top 13 or the honorable mentions? Tell us in the comments! And feel free to mention any scary clown movies that we overlooked. If you’re thinking about scary clowns for Halloween, check out our variety of clown costumes, including Pennywise the Clown!
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