Manic's Macabre Carnival - A Countdown to the Top 8 Evil Clowns
image via Comic Book News, courtesy of Warner Bros

Clowns are scary. From childhood, clowns have a way of scaring us to tears. In the middle of the night, our younger selves were interrupted by the dreaded thought: ‘what if something evil, something smiling – and very hungry – is under the bed waiting for us?’

For many, it’s the face of a clown that the Boogeyman wears. In anticipation of next month’s IT I have compiled a list of my favorite evil clowns. So sit back and enjoy some cotton candy as your good buddy welcomes you back to the macabre theater’s countdown of the Top 8 Evil Clowns

And don’t forget to purchase your very own iHorror scary clown shirt right here!

Number 8: Clown DollPoltergeist (directed by Tobe Hooper, Steven Spielberg)

This is the earliest memory I have of actual fear. I was a toddler at the very least, no older than four years old, and this scene from Poltergeist did one hell of a number on my little brain. Yeah, my parents let me watch horror movies at a very young age, and I’m pretty sure that led me to become what I am today.

As a kid, there were two things that could scare the ever-living crap out of me. Clowns being one, and dolls that came to life being the other. This damn movie just had to combine both of my terrors together. I was so shaken by this one scene that if I walked into a toy store and saw a clown doll I would be reduced to screaming hysterics. There was no face of Satan more traumatizing to me than that of a painted clown grin.