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For some people, there’s nothing in the world more horrifying than clowns. Even friendly clowns can be scary for some people. When it comes to horror movies, scary clowns reach a whole different level.
When you add in the overall scariness of clowns, mixed with the fact that the ones in movies want to murder you, you get a terrifying mix that’ll make even the most hardened horror veterans cower in fear.
There are lots of clown-based horror movies out there, but only some are worthy of sitting atop the WhatNerd throne as the best horror movies about clowns.
While I didn’t love IT Chapter Two nearly as much as the original (see our IT Chapter Two review), I still have to admit that it’s pretty far above average in terms of the options out there for clown movies. A lot of clown-based horror films fall into the B-movie category, and the sequel to IT is most definitely a big-budget Hollywood film. And while it has some flaws, Bill Skarsgård’s Pennywise makes it worth seeing.
6. Dead Clowns
Clowns are scary. Zombies are scary. Zombie clowns combine to become one of the most terrifying combinations. This is a B-movie all the way, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying the absolute ridiculousness it brings to the table.
5. 100 Tears
Here we have another example of a low-budget movie that’ll scare just about anyone with a fear of clowns. It’s about a lonely clown who’s unjustly condemned and the revenge he takes on those who contended him. This leads to some pretty crazy B-movie murder scenes that’ll make you laugh just as much as they scare you.
I’d actually never heard of ClownTown before I started working on this list, but after watching it, I have to say that I feel like I’ve been missing out. This movie is dark, twisted, and horrifying. A gang of psychopaths stalks a group of friends in a deserted town and a lot of intense scenes follow.
Killer Klowns from Outer Space is the movie that really made us realize that clowns make the perfect killers in horror movies. And even though the movie about alien clowns coming down from space and murdering everyone in their path is quite old, it still holds up today. It’s not necessarily scary, but it’s certainly a lot of fun, and it’s packed with personality.
2. IT (1990)
The original IT is a masterpiece of horror. While it’s technically a miniseries, it ultimately plays out like a movie. Tim Curry does a tremendous job playing our murderous clown, and the entire cast plays their role perfectly. While not the first horror movie about clowns, this is the one that truly put the genre on the map and it might be responsible for an entire generation’s fear of clowns.
1. IT (2017)
We might as well have called this the IT list (though I’m pretty sure that exists somewhere) because Stephen King’s killer clown Pennywise has it completely locked down. Personally, I prefer the 2017 remake of IT over the original, but it’s a close battle. The performance of Pennywise by Bill Skarsgård makes the new one my favorite clown movie of all time. Honestly, 2017’s IT might be in my Top 10 movies of all time, so it topping this list is a no-brainer.
Are You Scared of Clowns Yet?
If you’re not afraid of clowns, watching these movies might make you reconsider that position. Whether you want to see a movie about zombie clowns, a psychological horror movie about a clown who kills children, or a B-movie about a bunch of psychos dressed up as clowns, there’s something on the list for you!
If these weren’t scary enough for you, consider checking out our roundup of the best haunted house movies that’ll scare your pants off.