The 5 scariest clowns in the movie takes a look at the scariest clowns in film history. Check out our selections in the gallery below!

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Many would probably thank Stephen King for making clowns terrifying, but the truth is, they were always a source of fear and horror – even before one of King’s most notable works was released. Across horror, science fiction, fantasy and even action genres, clowns continue to strike terror into the hearts of viewers everywhere. As the numbers at the box office show, they won’t be going anywhere in the foreseeable future either.

Of course you have your normal clowns in everyday life – people like Pee-Wee Herman or MR Bean who could never hurt a soul and are not afraid at all. Then you have your carnival clowns. There’s just something about the absurdly bright and cheerful makeup, the vivid colors contrasting the stark white complexion, the exaggerated shape and size of the nose and hair (not to mention the outfit, from the oversized shirt and pants to the gigantic shoes). Clowns are crazy. It can not be denied. Check out these films – you will understand why.

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Which of these clowns do you think is the scariest? Let us know in the comments below!

House of 1000 Corpses (2003)