Some people are absolutely freaked out by clowns, as if they were some Hollywood horror monster. I don't get it. They are silly looking, and meant to make us laugh.
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You're brave to see "IT", knowing your fear of clowns! You tried to face your fears, that's a very good thing! Perhaps Steven King was a bit like jumping into a pool of acid, however: too much too soon. :-) Most clowns kinda freak me out, too.
:-) I have a friend whose family used to dress up as clowns and visit children's hospitals. They didn't sound like scary clowns, and the kids in the hospital reportedly loved them--especially those in the ICU/cancer and burn units (certain death).
krillco, that's fascinating! Kudos to you for helping people over their fears of clowns through your work. I also agree that any clown who tries to frighten people does not deserve the title! (Even non-scary clowns are a little creepy to me, though.)
Oh, yeah: the clown in "IT" and Chucky were really creepy. I was intimidated by clowns before seeing any horror movies, however. They're unnatural and act strangely, I think that's why I've always been put off by them.