Those of us who grew up in the 1980s came of age with Stephen King’s IT and the infamous “Dancing Clown” Pennywise, but younger horror fans just got their first good look at the fiend when Andy Muschietti’s IT hit theaters this weekend. If you’re a younger genre aficionado, IT may have just inspired a life-long love affair with creepy clowns!
Whether evil clowns are a new concept to you, or if you’ve been a clown fans since back in the day, the latest video list from our friends at Looper gives shout-outs to lesser-known films you’ll want to investigate or revisit. Many I haven’t even seen, so I’ll be interested to hear what you guys think.
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Have a watch and sound off in the Comments section! If you can’t stream or want additional information, the films are listed below the video, along with trailers and synopses (and reviews when we have them). Enjoy!
Official Synopsis: Just as Pennywise from Stephen King’s IT has many faces, the terrifying monster clown is too big an idea for just one franchise. Creepy clowns have appeared in a wide variety of movies over the years, and they’re just as terrifying now as they ever were. Here are some movies featuring deadly clowns you might not have met—and who may haunt your nightmares once you do…
Clown (2014, Directed by John Watt)
Official Synopsis: A loving father (Andy Powers) becomes a savage killer while wearing a cursed clown costume that won’t come off.
Stitches (2013, Directed by Conor McMahon)
Official Synopsis: A clown is killed in a party mishap and he comes back from the dead seeking revenge on the people responsible.
All Hallows’ Eve (2013, Directed by Damien Leone)
Official Synopsis: A baby sitter finds a tape with three tales of terror on it, all linked to a murderous clown.
Amusement (2008, Directed by John Simpson)
Official Synopsis: Three women fall prey to a killer who carries a childhood grudge against them.
Clownhouse (1989, Directed by Victor Salva)
Official Synopsis: Three brothers (Nathan Forrest Winters, Brian McHugh, Sam Rockwell) are trapped in an old house with three escaped killers wearing clown suits.
Blood Harvest (1987, Directed by Bill Rebane)
Official Synopsis: Bad things happen in a rural town where someone named Marvelous Mervo (Tiny Tim) runs around like a clown.
Vulgar (2002, Directed by Bryan Johnson)
Official Synopsis: The misadventures of Will (Brian O’Halloran), a struggling professional clown, determined to make a living performing at kids’ parties. Downtrodden in every respect, and picked on by everyone from the neighborhood juvenile delinquents to his own mother, Will reinvents himself as Vulgar, the transvestite clown, improving his fortunes with his shock performances at bachelor parties.
Killer Klown from Outer Space (2008, Directed by Stephen Chiodo)
Official Synopsis: When teenagers Mike (Grant Cramer) and Debbie (Suzanne Snyder) see a comet crash outside their sleepy small town, they investigate and discover a pack of murderous aliens who look very much like circus clowns. They try to warn the local authorities, but everyone assumes their story is a prank. Meanwhile, the clowns set about harvesting and eating as many people as they can. It’s not until they kidnap Debbie that Mike decides it’s up to him to stop the clowns’ bloody rampage.
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Gacy (2003, Directed by Clive Saunders)
Official Synopsis: Real-life serial killer John Wayne Gacy (Mark Holton) is the subject of this disturbing biographical drama. Although Gacy is a family man and respected business owner, and even entertains locals as a clown, he hides a murderous pastime. Traumatized by his childhood experiences at the hands of an abusive father (Adam Baldwin), Gacy lures young men to their deaths, hiding their bodies in the crawlspace under his house. As Gacy’s grisly rampage continues, the authorities start to close in.
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