The most disturbing and terrifying clowns in cinema

The most disturbing and terrifying clowns in cinema clowns in cinema.

Halloween night is approaching and, in addition to costumes or sweets, one of the customs linked to this increasingly widespread festival is watching scary movies or at least movies that include terrifying elements or moments. Clowns have recently become fashionable so I have decided to focus on them to create a list of movie recommendations.

Below you will find 10 films with sinister, disturbing, and psychotic clowns, almost all in the horror genre but not exclusively. I wanted to expand the selection with characters that may not be as scary as others (some retain the comic point that accompanies the jester) but that undoubtedly create tension and bad vibes, contributing to the worldwide expansion of coulrophobia. Are you ready? Let's meet them…

Aliens from 'Killer Klowns' (1988)

The Chiodo Brothers wrote, produced, and directed this 80's cult title. A horror comedy featuring alien clowns causing panic in a small town. Today we already see films like this, with such a crazy and absurd script, and unintentionally funny performances, which, added to a modest and artisanal production, give it an undeniable charm. "Series B" is ideal for Halloween.

The doll from 'Poltergeist' (1982)

Sometimes a figure in the dark can be enough to cause terror, especially in a place as vulnerable as the bedroom. The clown doll was one of the best resources of the Tobe Hooper (and Steven Spielberg) classic, a source of nightmares.

The killer of 'The Clown at Midnight (1999)

A mix between psychological intrigue and slasher with young victims who take turns dying, with one of the bloodiest clowns in cinema. It has inspired scenes and a good portion of scares but it is still entertainment that you should not take too seriously. It is worth noting the presence of Christopher Plummer and Margot Kidder in a cast that would fit more in a romantic comedy.

Pogo the Clown from 'Gacy' (2003)

Most of the evil clowns we see in movies are mere figments of the imagination of writers and filmmakers. Not this one, this one is real. John Wayne Gacy was a really disturbed, serial killer who dressed up as "Pogo the Clown" to go to parades and parties, where he chose his victims: he kidnapped, tortured, raped, and killed 33 young people in the years 70.

Captain Spaulding from 'The House of a Thousand Corpses' (2003)

One of Rob Zombie's contributions to the cinema is this violent and unpleasant clown played by Sid Haig. Dubbed after a Groucho Marx character and described by the director as a "lovable asshole," Spaulding is a gas station owner, emcee at a horror attraction, and a bridge for the troubled Firefly family to add to their death toll.

The possessed father of 'Clown' (2014)

Eli Roth saw the trailer for a non-existent movie named after him, decided the idea was too good and decided to make the production a reality. Jon Watts (responsible for the new reboot of Spider-Man) narrates this nightmare about a father who is possessed by the disguise of a clown, transforming into a murderous psychopath and making gore fans happy.

The f*cking clowns from 'Welcome to Zombieland' (2009)

In a world devastated by the plague of the undead, the character of Jesse Eisenberg invents a series of fundamental rules to survive. One of them is "Don't play the hero" but when his friends are in serious danger, he must break his code and face his greatest fear: clowns.

The joker

Villain was created by Bill Finger, Bob Kane, and Jerry Robinson in 1940 for DC Comics, the film adaptations have made him one of the most emblematic characters of the seventh art. Whether played by Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger, or Jared Leto, Batman's rival is another one of those violent clowns you wouldn't want to meet in the real world.

The jesters in love with 'Sad Trumpet Ballad' (2010)

I am not completely captivated by this work by Álex de la Iglesia, but it has good moments and cannot be left out of a list of twisted clowns. Antonio de la Torre and Carlos Areces play two very different men in love with the same woman; an obsessive and sick rivalry that brings out the worst in both.

The Monster 'All Hallows' Eve' (2013)

It's not a particularly successful movie, but the story takes place on Halloween and has enough ingredients both to amuse fans of the genre and to give those who are looking for some horror proposal with clowns a good (bad) time. The design of the "monster" and some scenes are recorded, if you are very impressionable you may have trouble sleeping.
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