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Top 10 Clowns That Will Haunt You This Halloween and…FOREVER!

Just in case you haven’t heard, clowns have been in the news lately. It has become a phenomenon that seems to be getting worse as time passes. Scaring random strangers, children, even on college campuses. Hell, even John Carpenter (Halloween, The Thing) had something to say on this subject. “It’s not as if clowns aren’t scary enough!” Their sightings have caused school closings in more than 20 states and a panic among the residents of many suburbs. The clowns in the country and Halloween have of course got me thinking of many of the fictional clowns that inspired these pranksters. Being scared of clowns may be silly to some people, but it’s always been one of those fears that I can understand. So here are some clowns that have gotten under my skin over the years.

Don’t Get Scared Now!

1. Pennywise (IT)

Let’s get the obvious out of the way first. Pennywise (Tim Curry) is terrifying, and while I’m excited for the remake coming out next September, I’m also legitimately scared to go see it.

Tim Curry as Pennywise
Tim Curry as Pennywise

2. Captain Spaulding (House of 1000 corpses and The Devils Rejects)

Spaulding is a relentless and vicious psychopath that no person should ever hope to come into contact with.

Sid Haig as Spaulding
Sid Haig as Spaulding

You want to know how truly terrifying he is? Check out the clip below from The Devil’s Rejects.

**WARNING ADULT CONTENT AND LANGUAGE**

3. Art the Clown (All Hallows’ Eve)

To be honest, it is not the best film out there. On the other hand, Art the Clown scared me sh*tless! A demonic clown that haunts children through VHS tapes is pretty damn terrifying! But what kid in today’s society uses a VHS tape anyways?

Image: Ruthless Pictures
Image: Ruthless Pictures

4. Jack the Clown (Universal’ Halloween Horror Nights)

Anyone who has been to Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights truly knows how Jack the clown can make your skin crawl. Menacing, evil, and he does it all with laughter.

Image: Universal
Image: Universal

5. Needles Kane (Twisted Metal)

Surprise! The villainous clown in Sony’s Twisted Metal’s video games is named Needles Kane. Sweet Tooth is actually the name of the weaponized ice cream truck he drives. Kane is a serial killer who maintains that he is the greatest serial killer of all time. He will do whatever it takes to keep that title.

Image: Sony
Image: Sony

6. Cloyne (Clown)

It may have taken two or three years to see the Eli Roth produced Clown see an American release, but it was worth the wait! Kent McCoy (Andy Powers) puts on a clown suit for his son’s birthday party only for it to permanently stick to his skin. It turns out the costume isn’t a costume at all, and is actually the skin of a child eating demon named Cloyne.

7. Twisty (American Horror Story)

Twisty was arguably the most interesting part of the series’s weak season. He died in like the first 4 episodes! Oh well, at least we have those 4.

Image: FX
Image: FX

8. Doom – Head (31)

You can read my 31 review here. Richard Brake’s Doom-Head is the best part of the film. After he opens the film with a truly creepy monologue delivered to one of his victims, he remains off-screen until the film’s climax. It is then that he really gets to let loose.

Image: Saban films
Image: Saban films

9. The Joker (Batman)

The clown prince of crime has been scaring comic book fans and movie fans for generations, and he is no laughing matter. As The Joker has told Batman, “I create the chaos just for the dance.”

Image: DC Comics The Killing Joke
Image: DC Comics The Killing Joke

10. Clown Doll (Poltergeist)

Seriously, this scared me as a kid and even scarier, it scares me as an adult! Watching this possessed doll attack Robbie will forever be permanently ingrained in my memory.

Poltergeist Clown Doll
Poltergeist Clown Doll

So who would you add to the list of creepy clowns? The Killer Klowns From Outer Space? The Insane Clown Posse? Let me know! I'm curious on what you all have to say!