If unable to, they invoke it with their disguises. [25] In Bakersfield, California "menacing" clowns were reported, some with weapons. [21] Although rumors said that the clown may have a knife, the clown himself denied these rumors through social media. 1 History 2 Description 3 Behavior 4 Appearances 5 Trivia 6 References 7 Gallery 7.1 Collages 7.2 Primary Canon At some point in time, a nest of vampiric entities settled in Coney Island on the southern tip of Brooklyn. At the time, Eduardo Rivera and Garrett Miller were competing with each other. The character can be seen as playing on the sense of unease felt by sufferers of coulrophobia, the fear of clowns. They may not wear clown costume but, nevertheless, engage with people for their own amusement, abuse, tease and speak what they think of as the "truth" much like the court jester and "dip clowns" do using "human foibles" against their victims. The Evil Clowns1 are vampiric lamprey-like creatures disguised as clowns that devour victims when they laugh. Extreme Ghostbusters (archived) website - Ghostly Archives A-E, https://ghostbusters.fandom.com/wiki/Evil_Clown?oldid=180145, Kylie's analogy for the clowns are "Laughter Vampires. ... We do not support in any way, shape or form any medium that sensationalizes or adds to coulrophobia or 'clown fear. The modern archetype of the evil clown was popularized by DC Comics character the Joker starting in 1940 and again by Pennywise in Stephen King's 1986 novel It. Occupation: The evil clown is a subversion of the traditional comic clown character, in which the playful trope is instead rendered as disturbing through the use of horror elements and dark humor. Research shows that most people do not fear clowns but actually love them and that bad clowns are "the exception, not the rule. The Clown, looking very amused at the situation, then lets out a blast of water that later becomes a huge wave of forks that he merely escapes from. The evil clown archetype plays strongly off the sense of dislike it caused to inherent elements of coulrophobia; however, it has been suggested by Joseph Durwin[7] that the concept of evil clowns has an independent position in popular culture, arguing that "the concept of evil clowns and the widespread hostility it induces is a cultural phenomenon which transcends just the phobia alone". ", "Stephen Chiodo Explains 'Killer Klowns from Outer Space' Trilogy Plans", "Universal: Jack is back for Halloween Horror Nights", "BBC - Psychoville - Characters: Mr Jelly, played by Reece Shearsmith", "Rob Zombie's 31: Halloween 3, Captain Spaulding Film or Something New? Websites dedicated to evil clowns and the fear of clowns appeared in the late 1990s. Extreme Ghostbusters;"Killjoys". Appeared In: "[2] Evil clowns also occupied a small niche in drama, appearing in the 1874 work La femme de Tabarin by Catulle Mendès and in Ruggero Leoncavallo's Pagliacci (accused of being a plagiarism of Mendès' piece), both works featuring murderous clowns as central characters. Evil Clown The modern archetype of the evil clown has unclear origins; the stock character appeared infrequently during the 19th century, in such works as Edgar Allan Poe's "Hop-Frog",[1] which is believed by Jack Morgan, of the University of Missouri-Rolla, to draw upon an earlier incident "at a masquerade ball", in the 14th century, during which "the King and his frivolous party, costumed—in highly flammable materials—as simian creatures, were ignited by a flambeau and incinerated, the King narrowly escaping in the actual case. : The Many Looks of Joker", "3 Things Which Make the Clown Prince of Crime Tremble With Fear! Laughter Vampire '"[30], The contemporary "evil clown" archetype developed in the 1980s, notably popularized by Stephen King's It, and perhaps influenced by John Wayne Gacy, a serial killer dubbed the Killer Clown in 1978. The fifth one was their master, a giant lamprey creature hiding in a ticket booth shaped like a clown. They decided to get revenge on Eduardo and targeted him as a replacement for their fallen comrade. Eeeeeek no thank you! The Evil Clowns[1] are vampiric lamprey-like creatures disguised as clowns that devour victims when they laugh. [18] First reported in 1981 in Brookline, Massachusetts, children said that men dressed up as clowns had attempted to lure them into a van. From shop LewisMayhem. They can take any situation no matter how good or pure and turn it into a nightmare. They are all creepy, twisted and evil clowns out to get you… Well sorta, they are definitely memorable characters, that’s for sure. To counter this, they use their clown disguises to try to bait them into laughing. Some found them quite frightening and unknowable. [34], For the landmark outdoor sign in New Jersey, see, "Killer clown" redirects here. For the serial killer known by that nickname, see, Thomas M. Kitts and Nick Baxter-Moore (eds.) What's worse is that they have the ability to infect other people using a special jack-in-the-box to turn them into vampire clowns too. Dressed as clowns, they set out to feed on laughter. A nest of five were captured by the Extreme Ghostbusters. [20] In most cases the reports were made by children, and no adults or police officers were able to confirm the sightings.