The Best Creepy Clown Movies You’ve Probably Never Seen

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(Welcome to The Best Movies You’ve Never Seen, a series that takes a look at slightly more obscure, under-the-radar, or simply under-appreciated movies. In this edition we take a look at some of the best creepy clown movies you’ve probably never seen.

Clowns are terrifying, even when they pretend otherwise. Sure some are sad, some are goofy, and others are disturbingly pleased with themselves, but beneath the creamy, sticky white makeup sits someone who knows they scare you… and they like knowing that. It’s no surprise then that, like scarecrows and pastors before them, clowns have become a go-to horror movie villain over the years. Most aren’t all that memorable, but one sits atop the heap of the best and scariest.

Stephen King’s It opens in theaters this week, and I can confirm that it’s a creepy, scary delight that nails both the novel’s horror elements and its character beats. At its core sits Pennywise, and while the nostalgic among you will fight to hold onto Tim Curry’s rendition, there’s a new clown in town when it comes to scenes of pure terror. The movie works like creepy gangbusters, and Bill Skarsgard’s new – and dare I say, improved – Pennywise is a big reason why.

He’s not the only creepy clown we can find onscreen of course. Killer Klowns from Outer Space and Stitches remain favorites while others love the clown-filled filmography of Rob Zombie, but while most clown lovers are familiar with these and others like Killjoy, Amusement, and Vulgar, there are a few actual worthwhile ones I’d like to point out instead.

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In the years since he filmed the horror movie Clown, director Jon Watts went on to make the critically acclaimed thriller Cop Car and snag the director’s chair on the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming. So I could open this post about the latest Clown trailer by making a bad joke about this movie following a perfectly ordinary man who gains extraordinary abilities after being bitten by a radioactive clown, but I would never subject you to such lackluster comedy.

Actually, Clown is about a perfectly ordinary man who gains monstrous new appetites after putting on a clown costume that turns out to be the “skin of a demon.” You know, that old chestnut.

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Everybody loves a clown, so why don’t you? Well, probably because the movies have taught us that clowns tend to be insane murderers at best and child-devouring supernatural entities at worst. Anyone willing to put on a red nose and a wig, cinema says, is someone you should not trust.

But hey, at least they make pretty solid fodder for horror movies and it’s starting to look like 2016 will be a banner year for the “evil clowns kill a bunch of people” subgenre. 31 and Clown, both about evil circus folk and both represented by noteworthy filmmakers, have landed release dates. Nightmares do come true!

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“Clowns are scary” is a well-loved idea in horror. One man who isn’t scared, however, is producer Eli Roth. He saw a trailer for a fake film called Clown and helped develop it into a feature. The full trailer for that feature, also called Clown, is now out. A father (Andy Powers) puts on a clown suit for his son’s birthday, only to find the suit is cursed and he can’t get out of it. Directed by Jon Watts, Clown premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year and is still waiting for distribution. Check out the trailer below. Read More »

A movie that debuted right here on /Film just make it big. Aftershock, directed by Nicolás López, starring and produced by Eli Roth, was just acquired by Bob Weinstein’s Dimension Films at the Toronto International Film Festival. Based on Lopez’s experiences during the Chilean earthquake of 2010, the film centers on a group of friends who strive to survive after a massive earthquake hits Chile, freeing prisoners and unleashing other kinds of insanity.

Aftershock won’t premiere at TIFF until Tuesday September 11. The Weinsteins were confident enough in it, Lopez and Roth to not only purchase the film, but also take the rights to another Roth-produced horror film called Clown, based on a fake movie trailer. Learn more about both after the jump. Read More »

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While the foreign comedy Klown has often been likened to a Danish version of The Hangover, if half of what we’ve heard about it is true, it’s far darker and raunchy than any adventure we’ve ever seen the wolf pack engage in. A feature film sequel of a hit TV series, the Mikkel Nørgaard-directed film follows two pals (Frank Hvam and Casper Christensen) gearing up for a debauched “Tour de Pussy” getaway. When Frank gets it into his head to prove his fatherhood potential to his girlfriend, however, he decides to take her eleven-year-old nephew along for the ride — without changing any of their sex-charged, booze-fueled plans.

Whereas last month’s red-band trailer was essentially one condensed, very NSFW scene, the new green-band promo plays like a flipbook of cringeworthy moments from the worst vacation ever. Watch it after the jump.

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Revealed to US audiences at Fantastic Fest 2011, the Danish comedy Klown (aka Klovn, or Clown) quickly made a name for itself as a confrontational, explicit comedy. Based on a Danish TV comedy series, Mikkel Nørgaard‘s film stars Frank Hvam and Casper Christensen as two friends on a “Tour De Pussy” getaway trip. Just in case that doesn’t make things clear, consider that the film and show have been compared to Curb Your Enthusiasm thanks to a use of uncomfortable humor, and then take note of the title of this article.

Todd Phillips and Danny McBride have already targeted this one for a remake, and Drafthouse Films picked up the movie for distribution last year. Drafthouse Films has quickly made a name for itself as a label interested in artfully unusual films — look at Four Lions, The FP, and Bullhead — but Klown may be the ne plus ultra of artfully unusual films from the label so far.

A red-band trailer has just been released; check it out below. And I really mean what the headline says. Read More »

HBO’s Eastbound and Down will conclude its third and final season this weekend, but star Danny McBride‘s love affair with dark comedy lives on. McBride is set to write, produce, and star in Clown, Warner Bros.’ remake of the Danish film Klovn. Todd Phillips is lined up to produce, which seems all too appropriate given that Klovn has been widely compared to Phillips’ The Hangover. Also producing will be Casper Christensen and Frank Hvam, who created the original sitcom on which the film was based. More details after the jump.

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One is an Oscar-hopeful about a steroid-pumping, hormone-selling gangster. The other an over-the-top cringe comedy about an 11-year-old joining two men on a trip to a whorehouse. And, in some weird way, it makes total sense that you’ll get to see both on the big screen thanks to Drafthouse Films. The Alamo Drafthouse’s distribution arm just announced it will handle the U.S. release of Bullhead, Belgium’s official 2012 Oscar candidate for Best Foreign Language Film and Clown, a Danish comedy in the mold of Curb Your Enthusiasm based on a popular TV show. Read more after the break. Read More »

Though Fantastic Fest still has three days left packed with movies, the best of the best have been revealed. Monday night, the awards for the best films, actors, writers and directors of the festival were announced in several different categories. Some of the winners are films I’ve already reviewed and loved. The Audience Award went to A Boy and His Samurai by Yoshihiro Nakamura, the AMD Dell Next Wave Spotlight Competition winner was Bullhead directed by Michael R. Roskam (review coming soon) and You’re Next by Adam Wingard swept nearly all the horror awards. Read all the winners after the jump. Read More »