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4 Best And 4 Worst Clown Movies


Clowns are the creepiest children’s entertainers
on Earth, so naturally, they’ve been used to terrify and delight grown-up film fans
for decades. From homicidal aliens to juggalo cowboys,
here are our picks for the four best – and four worst – clown movies of all time. If you haven’t seen Terrifier, congratulations
on your ability to sleep a full eight hours without waking up in a cold sweat. An indie film that sat on the shelf for a
few years before being released, Terrifier is one of those rare horror movies that doesn’t
seem to feel the need to over-explain its villain. The audience knows that he’s a clown, and
he’s probably demonic. But that’s about it. He’s silent, grinning, and more than delighted
to go on a trip to Slaughtertown any time he can. Terrifier is a low-budget horror movie spinning
off of an even lower-budget short film, and it’s got “love letter to the good old days
of horror” dripping off of it like viscera off a clown monster’s chainsaw. It has gory practical effects. It has party girls getting mutilated. And if you’re down with slasher throwback
sickness, it’s 100% worth looking up. Yes, 1990’s TV version of It is charming in
it own way. It’s a slice of horror filmmaking from a simpler
time. But it’s just a bit agonizing to watch without
the rose-colored glasses of nostalgia. Don’t get us wrong: Tim Curry’s performance
as Pennywise is fantastic – it’s the movie around him, hampered by a made-for-TV budget
and content restrictions, that hasn’t aged well. There’s the barely-animated giant spider at
the conclusion. There’s the rough acting and the dramatic
screaming about Pennywise being too mean. There’s the filmmakers’ steadfast faith in
the usually outstanding Harry Anderson’s comedic stylings being able to carry the day, only
to watch him uncharacteristically drop the ball. “Come on, Tozier, get a grip.” Just shy of three decades later, It holds
a place in pop culture history as quite possibly being the reason that every other millennial
seems to be afraid of clowns. Watched with fresh eyes, though? Not very scary at all. The words “so bad it’s good” have been thrown
around so much that they’ve pretty much lost all meaning at this point. Cultural interpretations of what’s camp and
what’s just vanilla-flavored lameness ebb and flow over time. Somewhere, floating atop the tides of our
willingness to accept silliness, there is the unsinkable ship that is Killer Klowns
from Outer Space. Killer Klowns is a tough movie to sell on
paper. No two ways about it, it’s the story of a
species of alien invaders who look, act, and accessorize like clowns. Their ships look like a circus tent and they
kill with an array of weapons, including pies. If that sounds like a good time to you, you’re
in luck: There are rumblings of an upcoming sequel from the original creators. John Wayne Gacy’s list of real-life atrocities
is so long that we’ll likely never know the exact number of deaths for which he was responsible. When the details of Gacy’s crimes are laid
out, most people are inclined to instinctively recoil in horror and disgust – but a small
sliver of the world’s population veers left and says, “Now that’s a picture!” “I’m a very important man.” Released in 2003 under the names Gacy and
The Crawl Space, this true-crime depiction of the life of John Wayne Gacy juxtaposes
his sadism against his gigs working as a clown for local events. Exploitative, sensationalist, and featuring
Adam Baldwin from Firefly, it also stars the guy who played Pee-Wee’s bully in Pee-Wee’s
Big Adventure in the title role, so it just might ruin your childhood. When it was first announced that Stephen King’s
It was being re-adapted for the big screen, fans of the 1990 TV movie might have been
skeptical – but that lasted exactly as long as it took for them to see Bill Skarsgård
in character. Yikes. Look: The new It movies aren’t perfect. The CGI can be less than impressive, and there
are unsatisfying moments. But as adaptations of million-page books about
trans-dimensional ageless horrors go, they’re a hoot. They manage to pull believable performances
out of the child stars, which is sort of the filmmaking equivalent of landing on Mars. And Bill Hader is a revelation, which came
as no surprise to fans of his masterful work on HBO’s Barry. “Maybe this is all I’m good at. I don’t know.” 1989’s Clownhouse is a slasher in the same
vein as every other low-budget entry in the genre from that era. It follows the story of three brothers being
stalked by a trio of escaped mental patients dressed as clowns and lusting for blood. There are misunderstandings and mixups, as
tends to happen in these situations. At one point, a young Sam Rockwell – in his
film debut – gets stabbed into unconsciousness. The movie ends with a title card reading,
quote, “No man can hide from his fears; as they are a part of him, they will always know
where he is hiding.” And you know what? That would’ve been an okay ending to an unremarkable
and largely dull movie if it wasn’t for the real-world horror happening behind the scenes
on the set of the film. Director Victor Salva abused one of Clownhouse’s
child stars, and was convicted and sentenced to three years in prison – ultimately serving
less than half of his sentence before popping back onto the scene to direct Powder in 1995. His career has continued with movies like
the Jeepers Creepers franchise, and a constant low-grade public curiosity as to how this
guy still has a career. Cult filmmaker Bobcat Goldthwait is a national
treasure. Once a comedian known for his aggressively
annoying persona, he’s become a director whose movies tend to be tragic, complicated, peculiar,
excessive, and agonizing. Before World’s Greatest Dad and God Bless
America, he wrote and directed a movie called Shakes the Clown, and it’s been dividing critics
and audiences ever since. The elevator pitch version is that it’s the
story of an alcoholic birthday clown who’s framed for murder and has to outfox the borderline
Mad Max-level gangs of performers who rule the entertainment circuit. The more complicated version is that it’s
Goldthwait’s representation of the comedy cliques that exist at every open mic community
in America. Some critics called it amazing. Some called it terrible. Perhaps the highest praise came, believe it
or not, from Martin Scorsese, who called it “the Citizen Kane of alcoholic clown movies.” “Okay. Salud!” Over the years, it has become almost a rite
of passage for a successful band to dip their toes into the world of Hollywood. The Beatles had classics like Help! and Yellow
Submarine. The Spice Girls irrevocably changed the geography
and political structure of the Earth when they terraformed the planet into a newer,
better Spice World. And in 2010, a posse of chemically imbalanced
clowns proved once and for all that just because you can’t figure out magnets doesn’t mean
you can’t run a camera. Big Money Rustlas is the long-awaited follow-up
to 2001’s Big Money Hustlas, the first Insane Clown Posse movie. It’s set in the wild American West of 1837,
for some reason. Visually, it appears to have been shot on
a budget of whatever loose change was wedged into the cushions of their Insane Clown couches. The script seems to have been less “written”
and more “found somewhere.” Big Money Rustlas was pretty obviously a movie
made for the fans. It’s goofy and weird, but if you don’t care
at all about ICP, the whole thing is just borderline unwatchable. “The name’s Wolf. Sugar Wolf. As in AAAAAAAOOOOOOOWWWWWWWW!” Check out one of our newest videos right here! Plus, even more Looper videos about your favorite
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88 Comments

  1. Nima B Author

    'Terrifier' was an absolutely disgusting, sick film. Far too fucked up for my liking. Don't even get me started on THAT sawing scene. People who have seen it wish they never had, and people who haven't should feel lucky they never have. That being said, makes for an entertaining movie night with the mates just to see everyone's reactions.

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  2. Kyle Winfrey Author

    Tim Curry is a better Pennywise he didn't use cgi just good old partical effects he was also scarier. While Skarsgards uses 80%cgi. Sure the new movies may be better. I know I laughed out loud in the theater 4 or 5 times at Pennywise. The mini series may not have been good but it didnt make me laugh because of a cgi wobbling naked old lady witch thing. I will say the spider looked better in the new movie but it's still laughable just not as much the mini series that was a horrid ,horrible looking crearure in a bad way. Just my opinion.

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  3. Desmond Grey Author

    Vulgar (by Kevin Smith's good friend Bryan Johnson) is the worst clown movie I've ever seen. It's supposed to be funny (I think), but it never is. It's just gross and revolting. Nothing redeeming about it.

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  4. NG FRE$H Author

    No I love the original Tim Curry It. The new first one is one that I liked alot the second not so much. The new Pennywise I can't take seriously he's too Funny and sounds like Winnie the Pooh. I love Killer Klowns From Outer Space underated Clownhouse is good underated same with Terrifier a mime clown amazing.

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  5. Spotify Sounds Author

    Just because a film was big back in the time does not mean people MUST like it, IT back then was bad because it had restrictions which made the story big time boring. Yes I’m referring to IT

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  6. firstname lastname Author

    Where is Haunt?! Those clowns were pretty scary but I suppose it's more of a haunted house film. Also "watching through rose coloured nostalgia"?! Dude that is legit, the only reason why every single film is being made right now. . 😑

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