Clowns are recognizable as symbols of a fun, cheerful, and happy time. The cheerful entertainers in birthday parties and circuses, as well as the widely-recognizable Ronald McDonald are iconic and traditional ideas when you mention clowns. ( Clowns Modern Horror ).
But in the horror genre, they’re just as sinister and spine-chilling as the other monsters that are the frequent subjects.
From Stephen King’s Pennywise to the many, many portrayals of the Clown Prince of Crime and Batman’s archnemesis, The Joker, here are the different ways that clowns have scared us out of our wits in modern horror, as detailed in this infographic by Chamber of Horrors NY