The concept of the evil clown in movies is directly related to the irrational fear of clowns. This condition is known as coulrophobia.
A relatively new word (and newly-recognized phobia as well), coulrophobia is nonetheless a real and palpable fear for a lot of people. Clowns have become an archetype of evil. I guess it has something to do with the unstable psyche required to paint your face in ridiculous makeup and put on big, floppy shoes before heading out in public – such a person just can’t be playing with a full deck. Or maybe it’s just our aversion to people who disguise their true features. After all, that’s what makes Michael Myers so scary in Halloween, isn’t it? And obviously the creepiness factor of Jason is enhanced by his infamous hockey mask.
Anyway, with this third article in my own personal tribute to Halloween we »
- Tim Rich
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