The scariest films about clowns that give you the willies

The scariest films about clowns that give you the willies


They’re supposed to amuse children, but sometimes they can be frightening. Clowns are the main circus performers, however, their costumes and painted faces can cause unexplainable fear, both among children and adults. That’s why they become the main characters of various mystical films.  There are also many documentaries, historical or feature films based on real events and telling about clowns. But there are some that will cause fun and laughter. has collected the best clown movies that are worth watching.

Zombieland, 2009

Genre: horror, action, comedy

IMDb rating: 7.6

© Shot from the film «Zombieland» (2009)

In this zombie horror movie, clowns become killers and hunt down a group of survivors in an amusement park. It seems to the company of people that this is the safest place. But they are wrong …

Terrifier, 2011

Genre: horror

IMDb rating: 7.0

© Shot from the film “Terrifier” (2011)

This film about clowns is, in fact, a short film and yet we’ve put it on our list. It tells the story of a maniac killer dressed as a clown. After a brutal murder on Halloween night, his next victim is a young woman …

It Chapter Two, 2019

Genre: horror, drama, fantasy

IMDb Rating: 6.5

It Chapter Two, 2019
© Shot from the movie “It Chapter Two” (2019)

It’s one of the scariest clown films, based on Stephen King’s novel “It”. 27 years ago, the guys from the “losers club” met Pennywise, a killer clown who mastered the children’s fears. He fed on them and killed them. The children believed that they had defeated the creature, but took an oath to return to the town of Derry if IT showed itself again. And now – the moment has come when they need to recall everything and bring closure to the case.

House of 1000 Corpses, 2003

Genre: horror

IMDb rating: 6.1

House of 1000 Corpses, 2003
© Shot from the film “House of 1000 Corpses” (2003)

A group of young people in search of adventure travels across the American province. On Halloween, friends stumble upon a mysterious museum of evil psychos and monsters. There they learn about the maniac Doctor Satan and go in search of the tree on which he was lynched. But what an awful thing to happen! The car stalled out right next to the strange abandoned house.

Joker, 2019

Genre: drama, thriller, crime

IMDb Rating: 8.5

Joker, 2019
© Shot from the film “Joker” (2019)

The new Joker movie has become the most anticipated premiere of 2019, but in fact, there are several incarnations of the Joker in the history of cinema, and each of them is worthy of praise.

Gotham, early 1980s. Arthur Fleck lives with a sick mother and makes a living by making people laugh on stage. Since childhood, his mother taught him to “walk with a smile”, to give others positive emotions and fun. But he faces misunderstanding and cruelty. Gradually, Arthur comes to the conclusion that the world won’t receive a kind smile from him, but the grin of the villain, nicknamed the Joker.

It, 2017

Genre: drama, detective, horror, fantasy

IMDb rating: 7.3

It, 2017
© Shot from the film “It” (2017)

This film is the beginning of the story of the clown Pennywise from Derry. The movie about the killer clown was based on the novel by Stephen King. In the town of Derry, after a terrible flood, a little boy, George Denbrough, dies. Before dying, he sees a clown who calls him. Other children soon begin to die. Several guys from the “club of losers” also face a terrible maniac who comes to them in the most creepy ways. But the children don’t give up and decide to stand against him.

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