I think we all know that clowns are creepy. Even when they weren't supposed to be, in the days where they had their own TV shows and piled out of tiny cars at the circus, we all knew the truth. It took only a few decades of exposure to clowns in film and television for someone to turn them into the manifestation of all things evil. Now, we have clowns randomly wandering around small towns from England to California looking menacing and hanging out on the streets at night. My friend, who is deathly afraid of the foam-nose wearing devils, once saw someone in a clown mask in the drive through at Shipley's late one night, no doubt buying coffee so he could stay awake and scare the crap out of people.
Was Bozo creepy? Damn right he was. But he was wholesome.
I, for one, prefer the clowns as, you know, clowns, pranksters and goofballs who make us laugh because they are silly, not terrifying. At the very least, let's make them intelligent and not mime-like, with their silent stares and desire to spill blood. Here are five of my favorites that fit the bill.More »