Zombies, Ghouls and Clowns

Zombies

Zombies are reanimated dead people.  They typically lumber, stumble and stagger around.  Reports of fast and agile zombies have been documented in the last decade.  Initially, they come out of graves in various stages of decomposition.  Later, they not only come out of graves, but arise half eaten by other zombies.

What do zombies want?  Well, mainly they want living people's brains.  In their never ending quest to obtain brains, they are not adverse to nibbling off an arm or leg or two.  One thing they do not like...they do not like to eat other zombies.  Darn!  You would think we living would have something going for us.  But, no, we can't even count on a little cannibalism to keep their numbers down. 

Ghouls

Ghouls are creatures that like to hang out in graveyards and other deserted areas.  They are very similar to zombies.  Ghouls arise from Arabian mythology and are diabolic and wicked creatures.  Ghouls, unlike zombies, like to eat the dead but they will also eat the living when available. 

Ghouls are very difficult to discern and can change form to mimic both human and animal.  They are smarter than zombies and can be devious.  They seem to be somewhere between the mindless zombie and the conscious vampire.  They are faster and more agile than zombies and may account for the fast zombie sightings.

Clowns

Then we have clowns. My children will tell you clowns are much scarier than zombies or ghouls. You can see clowns at the mall! What is it about clowns that people find so scary? I didn't realize that people were scared of clowns...until I realized my daughter was. Turns out my son is scared of clowns also.

I never really understood why someone would be scared of clowns. To me they are the funny guys at the circus who run around like the Keystone Kops, honking horns and falling down. Then there was Ronald McDonald, and he always seemed like a pretty decent guy. Even after I read "It" by Stephen King, clowns did not bother me. I didn't like drains much for a while, but clowns were OK.

Then I wrote the hub on zombies and I realized that zombies, ghouls and clowns have alot in common. I started to wonder, who exactly is under that clown makeup. Is there even a someone, or are the clowns the new zombie?

Keystone Kops

White Faces with Big Red Lips

Clowns typically have white faces with big red lips.  We are lead to believe these big red lips are painted on, but isn't it funny how zombies and ghouls also have these big red lips after eating.  Zombies and ghouls have white faces...and so do clowns!  I wonder if zombies and ghouls have red noses also?

Raggedy Clothes with Bright Red Splashes of Color

Watching the video above made me realize that clowns' clothing is pretty raggedy and there are several bright red splotches on them. Hhhmmm, zombies and ghouls clothes are always tattered and covered with red splashes. Interesting...I think I am beginning to understand...I wonder what else they have in common...

Bumbling, Stumbling Hordes

At the very end of my Zombie Safety hub there is a video of something they call the zombie walk.  Hundreds of people dress up as zombies and march down the road.  It is amazing how much the above video reminds me of it.  Hordes of white faced, red mouthed beings lumbering along with disheveled hair.

Now that I think of it clowns, zombies and ghouls seem to fall down alot for no reason.  They all have that same klutzy, ungainly gait.  Clowns look happy, or is that a grimace?  Look closer...but not to close, maybe they do bite!

White Zombie
White Zombie
The Ghouls
The Ghouls
Insane Clown Posse
Insane Clown Posse

Bands

Zombies, ghouls and clowns all have bands named after them.  And all of the bands seem slightly ghoulish.  Let's look at some of the names of their songs and albums.

White Zombie:  Soul-Crusher, Make Them Die Slowly, Le Sexocisto: Devil Music Vol 1 (Is it me or do the titles just get weirder and weirder?)

Ghouls:  I went to their website and read, "Until It Bleeds:  Extreme Perverse Death Metal".  I stopped there, I don't need to know any more.  (And I though White Zombie had some strangely named work.)

Insane Clown Posse:  Carnival of Carnage was their first album.  They sing in a style known as "horrorcore" which incorporates "supernatural and horror themed lyrics" according to Wikipedia.

Sorry, these bands are creeping me out.  Seems clowns do have a lot in common with zombies and ghouls.

Why Are People Scared of Clowns?

Seems I owe my kids an apology.  Now, I understand why they hate clowns so much!  Clowns have about a jillion characteristics in common with zombies and ghouls.  Although I have never seen a clown eat someone, living or dead, I have never actually seen a zombie do it either.

I will never again make amusing comments about my childrens' fear of clowns.  Seems they saw instinctively what I should have seen all along.  Evil lurks behind white faces and big red mouths.  Keep away from beings that have lumbering gaits.  And most of all, don't sleep when the circus is in town!

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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

I adore clowns and had never found them to be scary as a kid growing up.  However.......Tim Curry's portrayal of Pennywise in Stephen King's "It" is terrifying.  Six Flags over Texas had a haunted clown spookhouse near Halloween one year.  That was pretty creepy as well.  I think it's when the clown starts to have fangs and gnarly teeth that it makes that shift from cute and sweet to sinister.

Nice hub, Kari!


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

KCC, Clowns never bothered me either. That's one reason I couldn't understand my childrens' fear. I read "It", but have never seen the movie...my daughter has seen it. She loved it, proved her fears to be founded in her mind! I've never seen a haunted clown spookhouse, and I doubt I ever want to. :)


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wandererh 7 years ago from Singapore

I will never look at clowns the same way again. :)


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shamelabboush 7 years ago

This is a nice comparison k@ori :) but you didn't mention the Boogie man...! It scared me a lot before.

Two days back, I watched The Simpsons in which they discussed Zombies. It was so funny.


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waynet 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

The clown was funny from from the film It....they all float!!!


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

Very funny and interesting. I enjoyed it. Thanks.


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Teresa McGurk 7 years ago from The Other Bangor

My favorite zombies are from Shaun of the Dead.


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Laughing Mom 7 years ago

My husband is creeped out by clowns. Go figure. Maybe on the nights I'm too tired, I should paint my face up. Or maybe just join the circus!

They don't bother me at all--well, except Stephen King's version. You know how many times I've tried to watch that and can't get past the first few minutes? It's a good thing my town isn't sophiticated enough to have sewer drains in the curbs.


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

wandererh, me either! I kind of got the creeps when I compared them. :D

shamelabbousch, I think the boogieman is a clow...I mean ghoul. I love the Simpsons, they always crack me up!

badcompany, I bet you weren't even scared, you'll do anything to cuddle with that cabin girl! :D

waynet, I've never watched the movie, but I don't recall them floating in the book. LOL

Thanks James, It was fun to make also!

Teresa, That is by far my favorite zombie movie! It makes me laugh every time. Especially when they do the "nananana" then the zombie says "Aaaarrrhhhh".

LM, If he is like my kids, all you should need to do is get the hair, put it on before bed and pull the covers up. If he sees just the hair, he will probably go sleep on the couch. LOL! I understand about the sewer drains, after I read the book I kept an eye on the drain when I showered for a while.


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Haunty 7 years ago from Hungary

k@ri, you are a crazy person. LoL

I like zombies, but this!


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

Haunty, So, you also like clowns? LOL


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Tom Cornett 7 years ago from Ohio

Cool hub...for a minute there...I thought you had been to one of my family reunions! :)


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

Tom, I'm not even going to ask... :D


LAmatadora 7 years ago

I am deathly terrified of clowns unless it is I with the makeup on and then I would be more of a JOKER!! =) But they are scary...its whats hiding under that fake smile is what worries me..... GOOD HUB


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Haunty 7 years ago from Hungary

Yeah, I like clowns. I wonder if there are clowns among us... ;)


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

LAmatadora, That is the same way my children feel, and now I understand! Thanks for stopping by.

Haunty, I never used to have a problem with clowns...and yes they walk among us! :D


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lxxy 7 years ago from Beneath, Between, Beyond

Great, k@ri. Gotta luv white zombie!

Can't add much more...braaaaaaains.


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

Hi lxxy! I take it clowns don't bother you! :D


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lxxy 7 years ago from Beneath, Between, Beyond

Nope, I love clowns. =D Like Pogo...or Killer Klowns from Outerspace!


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

Killer Klowns from Outerspace, I had forgotten about that one! LMAO...I love it!


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bat115 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Clowns get such a bad wrap. They really do mean well. lol


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k@ri 6 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

bat115, They do mean well...unless their name is "It". LOL


kyky 4 years ago

Clowns are funny not scary.And kids don't need to know this like the show on animal planet called mermaids.Who agrees?


Shittyslam 4 years ago

Ghouls are the least scariest and harmful among the undead demons. I found zombies and vampires more scary than ghouls. Ghouls only eat dead bodies and are pale green in looking.

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