It really was terrifying
“The movie It has a lot to do with it,” says Kawshun, a clown for the past 30 years. “I’ve never seen the movie, and I have no desire to see it.” Like Kawshun, I never saw the movie, but the image of It looking evil while hiding in a sewer is seared into my brain. This ubiquitousness is due in large part to who made the film: ABC turned Stephen King's novel into a network miniseries in 1990, thus beaming ads for the murderous clown narrative -- and, obviously, the movie itself -- into unsuspecting TV sets across America.
DeanO T. Clown, a Georgia-based clown concurred, and thinks other horror flicks should share in the blame too. "I think it's because of the movies out there where clowns are vicious, sneaky, bad characters," he says. "Like the movie It. There are several clowns, like Pennywise and some others, that are totally evil. So the teenagers that go to those horror movies, it gets into their head that clowns are bad." Because of this, he says teenagers are scared of him more than any other age group. Teenagers! They text and drive, so they're not afraid of death, but they're afraid of a man wearing makeup.