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...

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1. It was inspired by real-life serial killer John Wayne Gacy, who would dress up as a clown and do children's parties.

He's called the “the clown murderer” and would do social services in parades and even visited sick kids in the hospitals.

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.

The mental toll that must have taken...

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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.

I say I'd agree with that.

4. A study says that Pennywise The Clown LITERALLY shaped the collective fears of an entire generation:

According to one psychological study, people who saw the film were more likely to fear clowns AND were more likely to expierience fear and anxiety when facing a clown.