Rodeo Clowns, Rejoice: You're Not Among The Five Scariest Clowns Ever
Oh sure, maybe people tolerated them in generations past, when the horrors of real life were such that ghoulish monstrosities actually could be considered entertaining. I guess anything's funny compared to bread lines and the Holocaust.
Today, only rodeo clowns get a pass, and that's because there's always the possibility they'll be gored/trampled by 3/4-ton of pissed-off bull. These other, more typical, inspirations for coulrophobia...not so much.
5. Insane Clown Posse ICP are frightening for two reasons, and not the usual kind. First, their music is so mind-bogglingly bad it's hard to believe sentient human beings created it. Second, the fans (or "Juggalos") are what would results if science found a way to give stupidity flesh.
4. Cheezo, Bippo, and Dippo -- Clownhouse (1989) Anyone who goes through the trouble of putting on greasepaint and a red rubber nose probably has...issues to begin with. Here they simply cut through the ambiguity and give us three certified lunatics behind the makeup. And if that wasn't creepy enough, director Victor Salva was eventually convicted for molesting then 12-year old star Nathan Forrest Winters. Oh, and this is Sam Rockwell's movie debut.