Movie clowns are terrifying, and so are their toys: Poltergeist remake 2015 review (VIDEO).

What's the Scariest Thing About Movie Clowns? Their Toys.

What's the Scariest Thing About Movie Clowns? Their Toys.

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May 22 2015 9:21 AM

One of the Scariest Things About Movie Clowns?

Their toys.


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Let’s get this out of the way first: The new Poltergeist remake is not very scary, especially if you’ve seen and loved the original. But the one thing that may creep you out are the clowns, which are admittedly low-hanging fruit. Clowns are weird, unsettling, the stuff of nightmares. That’s just the truth—it’s the reason that so many movies and TV shows meant to terrify you turn to them for them that extra horrific jolt. 

And besides the painted faces and off-kilter cackles, the “toys” they use to haunt and kill their prey may just be the scariest thing about them. Balloons are never threatening—until they're in the hands of a clown. Watch the video above to enjoy our favorite scenes of clowns turning childhood delights into abject terror. 

Aisha Harris is a Slate culture writer and host of the Slate podcast Represent.

Anne Marie Lindemann is a video producer and designer based on New York.