Clowns, The Entity Within Horror Cinema
Clowns, let’s talk about it shall we? Why clowns? Because they’re scary; that’s why. Out of every movie I have ever watched, the movies that creep me out the most are movies with clowns and dolls. Yes, I was that kid that locked all of her teddy bears and stuffed animals in the attic after watching “Child’s Play” for the first time at 8 years old. It wasn’t until age 13 when I finally took them out of isolation. Then I watched movies like “Dolls”, “Tales From the Hood” (the part with the creepy voodoo dolls), “Killer Klowns From Outer Space”, and “It”. Needless to say, my teddy bears and dolls went right back into isolation. Now, at 28 years old, I still don’t want to be around teddy bears and dolls. Don’t get me wrong; I will still watch clown and doll movies. I just refuse to be around clowns and dolls.
Why Fear the Clown?
For years, clowns were depicted as friendly, innocent entertainers for kids and families. Making appearances at children’s birthday parties, carnivals, and circuses, clowns became a favorite outlet amongst events. Clowns were adorable back then. Until cinema started bringing us clowns in horror movies. Now, we are introduced to the dark side of the Clown.
Clowns in Horror Cinema
“Killer Klowns From Outer Space” (1988) – This is the first clown horror movie I’ve ever watched. Little weird-looking clowns that throw acidic pies at you and trap you in poisonous cotton candy. You thought those little guys were cute and funny. I thought they were vicious little monsters. Now, I feel some kind of way about popcorn and cotton candy at carnivals. I call this the adorable, but deadly clown.
“It” (1990) – Pennywise, the shape-shifting, kid-eating clown that even adults can’t save you from. “You will lose yourself in my dead lights.”? (“It”). I call this the obsessive clown.
“Kill Joy” (2000) – The demon clown that kills your joy. Not that they all don’t. I thought they were supposed to give you joy. I call this the manipulative clown.
“Gacy” (2003)– Serial killer John Wayne Gacy. That’s right, folks. Clowns are serial killers, too. I call this the psychotic clown.
“Drive Thru” (2007) – Take out, anyone? Just stay away from Horny the Clown. The last thing he’s going to give you is a burger. I call this the deceiving clown.
“Clown” (2014) – A man buys a clown suit for his son’s birthday party. He soon discovers that the suit is cursed, and he is becoming the Clown more and more every day. Yes, you’re not even safe from clown suits. I call this the possessive clown.
Let’s rewind and take a look at why we should all fear the Clown. I’ll just gave you the 6 traits of the Clown:
- Adorable, but deadly
This is why clowns are scary.