20 horror movies about clowns where the audience is not dying of laughter

It would seem that what could be scary in a disguised artist, amusing the audience in the circus? However, coulrophobia, when a maniac killer or a supernatural monster appears under a thick layer of makeup, has become quite common. Yes, and the artists themselves with red foam noses, unable to withstand the stress, can give vent to rage at least on the screen. Our selection of the best horror films about clowns includes both fictional horror stories and nightmare stories based on real events.

Fear of Clowns (2020)

In a terrible movie novelty, the bride, having captured several girlfriends, escapes from the crown. Girls in a car go wherever their eyes look and end up in a strange town inhabited by discharged harlequins. It will not be so easy to leave a settlement that lives according to the laws of the circus. Make-up residents will not let random guests go without a fun performance with deadly numbers.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Clown Fear

Actors:
Sadie Katz, Augie Duke, Tiffany Fest…

Country:
USA

Rating:
IMDb – 3.0

Age limit:
18+


Clown Motel: Risen (2019)

In a spectacular American clown horror film, a group of friends stay overnight at a roadside motel. The guys did not manage to leave in the morning – the district was filled with terrible bloodthirsty zombies. Monstrous creatures are dressed up in clown costumes, and remnants of makeup have been preserved on bared faces. Despite the ridiculous appearance, the creatures will kill anyone who gets in their way.

Original title:
Clown Motel: Spirits Arise

Actors:
Tony Moran, Ari Lehman, Martin Klebba…

Country:
USA

Rating:
IMDb – 4.6

Age limit:
18+


Night guards (2017)

The famous circus performer, who skillfully entertained the audience, died during a tour in Romania. Even after death, the artist finds himself in an absurd situation: by mistake, the coffin with the body was delivered to the office building. The guards expect to quietly work out the night shift, having fun playing cards and watching porn. Instead, the security guards have to fend off a painted dead man who has become a vampire.

Original title:
The Night Watchmen

Actors:
Ken Arnold, Dan DeLuca, Kevin Jiggetts…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.3, IMDb – 5.4

Age restrictions:
16+


It (dilogue, 2017 and 2019)

Top scary movies about clowns continues the sensational film adaptation of the famous novel “King of Horror” by Stephen King with a high rating. In a small American town, terrible events occur every twenty-seven years. A company of children understands that cosmic evil, which has taken on a clown guise, is behind the terrible incidents. In the horror sequel, the heroes who have already matured will have to face the monster.

Original title:
It

Actors:
Jayden Martell, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis…

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
18+


31: Feast of Death (2016)

A truly macabre 70s-inspired movie from a true master of horror and heavy metal. Shortly before Halloween, a group of touring musicians are kidnapped by a group of touring musicians in clown makeup . The unfortunate captives will experience real fear, because crazy sadists have prepared a deadly labyrinth full of nightmarish traps for helpless victims.

Original title:
31

Actors:
Sheri Moon Zombie, Jeffrey Daniel Phillips, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs …

Country:
UK, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.1, IMDb – 5.1

Age restrictions:
18+


Clown City (2016)

A scary movie about a city of clowns who turn into ruthless killers at night. A company of young people was going to a rock concert , but by mistake turned the wrong way and ended up in a deserted village. If during the day the city seems lifeless and abandoned, then at night it turns into a real hell, teeming with horrors and torment. Not everyone will be able to survive until dawn.

Original title:
ClownTown

Actors:
Brian Nagel, Lauren Compton, Andrew Staton…

Country:
USA

Rating:
IMDb – 3.8

Age limit:
18+


Terrifying (dilogue, 2016 and 2020)

Low-budget horror with elements of slasher and splatter tells the story of a killer maniac under a clown mask. The brutal psychopath roams the night streets in search of victims and shows sophisticated ingenuity in choosing methods of murder. And as usual in slashers, even death will not prevent the villain from escaping from the morgue and again plunging the neighborhood into a bloody nightmare.

Original title:
Terrifier

Actors:
Jenna Kanell, Samantha Scaffidi, David Howard Thornton …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
18+


Among the Living (2014)

In a creepy horror movie about a maniac clown, three schoolchildren decide to hang out in an abandoned amusement park. Among the rusted carousels, the guys stumbled upon a man in a jester’s costume, mocking the corpse of a woman. The villain notices random witnesses. Throwing away the dead body, the killer rushes in pursuit. Unlike schoolchildren, the psychopath is perfectly oriented in an empty park.

Original title:
Aux yeux des vivants

Actors:
Ann Marivin, Theo Fernandez, Francis Reno …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.6, IMDb – 5.5

Age restrictions:
18+


All Hallows’ Eve (2013)

The woman agreed on Halloween to sit with two children. The tomboys found a video cassette in a bag of sweets and decided to watch a movie. Horrifying footage flashed on the screen of a man in a jester’s mask brutally cracking down on his victims. The restless children and the woman looking after them did not even suspect that the maniac always comes for those who watched this recording.

Original title:
All Hallows’ Eve

Actors:
Kathy Maguire, Catherine A. Callahan, Marie Macer…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.0, IMDb – 5.1

Age Limits :
18+


Clown (2013)

A selection of films continues with a cool horror movie about an evil clown involuntarily. Dad, to amuse the children at the holiday, put on a jester’s outfit and put bright makeup on his face. When the celebration ended, taking off the costume proved to be a daunting task. A terrible curse was placed on the stage clothes, turning everyone who wears it into a monstrous monster.

Original title:
Clown

Actors:
Andy Powers, Laura Allen, Peter Stormare…

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.3, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
18+


Red Clown (2013)

A guy with a reputation as a loser, in order to attract the attention of the first beauty of the school , wants to demonstrate his courage and, together with a classmate, goes to an abandoned amusement park. Schoolchildren did not even suspect that very eccentric monsters settled among the decaying attractions, eager to mock helpless victims.

Original title:
Gingerclown

Actors:
Ashley Lloyd, Erin Hayes, Tim Curry…

Country:
Hungary

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 3.4, IMDb – 3.0

Age limits :
18+


Stitches (2012)

For a funny animator in a stupid outfit, working at a party for a company of cynical kids ended in a tragic death. The evil tomboys grew up and long ago forgot about the cruel incident. Many years later, the old comrades decided to meet again. A resurrected animator, filled with the desire to take revenge , looked at the light to a friendly company .

Original title:
Stitches

Actors:
Ross Noble, Tommy Knight, Shane Murray-Corcoran…

Country:
Ireland

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.3, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
18+


Mission (2011)

A creepy movie about a psycho clown who interfered in the filming of an extreme reality show. Six participants fight for a solid cash prize and go through risky trials on the territory of an abandoned prison . A disguised psychopath decides to increase the intensity of events and turn harmless entertainment into a serious bloody game of survival.

Original title:
The Task

Actors:
Alexandra Staden, Victor McGuire, Sean McConaghy …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.9, IMDb – 4.3

Age restrictions:
18+


100 Tears (2007)

In the atmospheric horror about clowns, a serial killer has been committing shocking crimes for more than twenty years and keeps the whole of Florida in horror. The two reporters decide to take matters into their own hands and scrutinize the facts that have eluded the police . Suspicion falls on a big buffoon from a big top traveling around the state. In the past, the circus performer has already committed several murders.

Original title:
100 Tears

Actors:
Georgia Chris, Joe Davison, Rain Brown …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 3.9, IMDb – 4.1

Age restrictions:
18+


Diner of Death (2007)

In a trashy horror movie, a cheap eatery advertising character brutally exterminates teenagers with incredible ingenuity. One of the schoolgirls regularly receives messages from the sadist in old soft toys. The girl understands that she is somehow connected with the ruthless villain and, perhaps, she will be able to find a way to stop the bloody murderer in person.

Original title:
Drive Thru

Actors:
Leighton Meester, Nicholas D’Agosto, Melora Hardin …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.4, IMDb – 4.5

Age Limits :
18+


The Devil’s Rejects (2005)

The list of the best horror films about crazy clowns continues with the sequel to the original American horror film House of 1000 Corpses. The sheriff intends to take cruel revenge on a family of painted sadistic psychopaths. The guardian of the law hires a gang of experienced killers to destroy the maniacs. The crazy family keeps their eyes open and prepares a sophisticated bloody trick for the killers .

Original title:
The Devil’s Rejects

Actors:
Sid Haig, Bill Moseley, Sheri Moon Zombie…

Country:
USA, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:
18+


Gravedigger Gacy (2003)

The crime thriller is based on real events from the life of serial killer John Wayne Gates. The former policeman worked in the field of trade and was respected among the neighbors. The inhabitants of a small town did not even suspect that sometimes a respectable man dressed in a costume of a buffoon and turned the basement of his house into a room for bloody torture.

Original title:
Gacy

Actors:
Mark Holton, Adam Baldwin, Tom Waldman…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.9, IMDb – 4.7

Age restrictions:
18+


It (1990)

The famous horror movie is worth watching for all fans of Stephen King’s work – the film is based on one of the best novels of the “king of horrors”. A nightmarish creature from outer space , disguised as a buffoon, skillfully manipulates human fears and exterminates the inhabitants of a small American town. The company of loser children finds the strength to confront the monster.

Original title:
It

Actors:
Tim Curry, Harry Anderson, Dennis Christopher…

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:
18+


House of Clowns (1988)

A boy suffering from coulrophobia goes to a circus performance with his brothers. The performance of the clown trio turned out to be so frightening that the kid ran out of the hall in horror. Three prisoners who escaped from prison dealt with circus performers and disguised themselves as them. The boy understands this and tries to tell others, but no one believes the words of the child.

Original title:
Clownhouse

Actors:
Nathan Forrest Winters, Brian McHugh, Sam Rockwell …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 5.6

Age restrictions:
18+


Killer Clowns from Space (1987)

A young couple noticed how an unidentified flying object landed somewhere in the forest . The lovers decided to get closer to the spaceship . As it turned out, a wandering space circus arrived on Earth to replenish food supplies. The troupe is very fond of human flesh. The guy and the girl are trying to get to the city and warn the authorities, but bloodthirsty aliens are already on the trail .

Original title:
Killer Klowns from Outer Space

Actors:
Grant Kramer, Suzanne Snyder, John Allen Nelson …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
12+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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