Thanks to Stephen King's It, and then some years later Stephen King's Other It, and then 2019's It Again, no one likes goddamn clowns. It's not just It, but It didn't help. There's a pretty long tradition of clowns in horror. Sid Haig's unhygienic Captain Spaulding is a major part of Rob Zombie's trilogy of terror which started with House Of 1,000 Corpses. Three From Hell includes even more clowns. And Zombie took a detour from that series to make 2016's 31, which is again all about murder clowns. The guy really likes clowns. Or hates them.
So what's the deal with clowns, anyway? In 2016, clown sightings blew up, as if they were somehow not a real thing and spotting one was a newsworthy event. The phenomenon has its own Wikipedia page. But who the hell is legitimately afraid of clowns? Not just "doesn't like clowns," but is afraid of them? I don't like clowns because I'm not a bonny lad from 1836 with an oversized lolly and nothing but cholera to play with. Of course I don't like clowns. Movies love the goddamn things, though.
Terrifier was a surprise low-budget hit in 2017. There's the Killjoy franchise, The Clown At Midnight, Killer Klowns From Outer Space, and then this: