10. Clown doll (Poltergeist, 1982)
The Clown: A floppy, stripy hat, a huge grin and plastic for brains. He’s a toy - harmless, right?
Why He’s Funny: When he’s not moving, he brings joy and happiness to his owners, with fun and laughter and frolics and…. Nah, he’s pretty scary even when he’s just sitting with his rictus grin, staring.
Why He’s Terrifying: When he turns animated, thanks to the evil spirits around, he's a head-turning allegory for why people are scared of face-paint people. Dragging young Robbie Freeling under the bed, he couldn’t be scarier to kids even if he was best mates with the school bully.