One of the most terrifying movies I can remember involve clowns and that seems kinda stupid.
HOWEVER, if you're talking about Stephen King's It, you'll understand. The book was messed up but the TV miniseries that the book was based on was unsettling. It was around this time that I discovered that Tim Curry was an actor you don't mess around with.
But there are some things that you should know about the horror classic...
1. It was inspired by real-life serial killer John Wayne Gacy, who would dress up as a clown and do children's parties.
2. Tim Curry had to give A LOT for this role – he had to spend hours at a time in full makeup and costume while he wasn't on camera. Before he signed on, he also said he didn't want that to happen.
3. Director of the famous Dawn of the Dead movies, George A. Romero, was supposed to direct – but producers feared that he'd make it WAYYYYY too gruesome.
4. A study says that Pennywise The Clown LITERALLY shaped the collective fears of an entire generation: