Coulrophobia. It's defined as an "abnormal fear of clowns." Somewhere in between the time of Poltergeist and It, fear of clowns became much more of a "thing." How do you feel about clowns? Do you find them at all creepy? While I'm not a fan of the idea of mimes or clowns, they've never scared me. I have a friend, however, who can't stand the sight of them and is truly startled by every clown, even those that aren't made up to look scary.
The article linked below lists twenty frightening clowns from television and film. The clown shown in the photo above is unlike the others in that he isn't a fictional character. Aside from biopics that would feature simulations of the photo above, he's only been seen on television via documentaries and the news. He's deranged serial killer John Wayne Gacy, executed by the state of Illinois in 1994 for the monstrously brutal killings of 33 males. If you're unfamiliar with the case, read about Gacy and his clown alter ego he called Pogo, and you'll see why he's absolutely terrifying.
See which fictional clown characters from film and television this article rated the scariest. What do you think, readers?