Twisty the Fucking Clown

by jonnahzkennedy

Someone’s quite cheeky his evening…

WatchMojo recently released a video:

I was neither satisfied or particularly moved by the list, but it was the comments that really made me let a rip:

JOKER?!!! REALLY?! WHERE’S TWISTY THE CLOWN!?
Also, no Twisty from American Horror Story? This is the first list that i utterly disagree with .
You spilt have included the American Horror Story: Freak show serial killer clown. That mask is frightening enough.
Where the fuck is Twisty? AHS Freakshow fans, back me up. 
(Note, this one has over 100 likes)

Let’s get something straight people: clowns are not scary, and Twisty the Fucking Clown is downright deplorable. There seems to be some kind of misconception that horror is about how terrifying you can make something look, how malformed you can make one’s face (in this case, how Twisty of AHS is missing his mouth because, “[He’s] so stupid [he] couldn’t even kill himself.” when he tried to shoot a hole in his head; you’re right Twisty, old buddy, old pal, you are pretty stupid, and an ugly character)–no, I think you’ve mistaken the genre of horror for a eight year old boy’s wet dreams. The genre of horror is not about the exterior of the House Usher (well, I guess in the case of Mr. Poe to an extent is is about the exterior, but mute point), it is wholly about what goes on within the human mind and why it drives us to be the way that we are or do the things that we do such as shooting our classmates, murdering our girlfriend with a hammer, or tearing our body to shreds when we look in the mirror. That is what makes horror horror and not pulp fiction. For this matter, well crafted horror is that which reaches down inside of the view or the reader, and really grips them with its intense craving for attention, for it’s want of attention to its realism, and just how well it makes you realize that you’re just like itself, that you’re fucked up in the head, man. Well crafted horror does not totally rely on a mask to allow it to flourish to be scary, rather it relies on what lies on the other side of those eyes for the figure to be horrifying, it relies on the wicked grass of a sick mind as blown by the wind of twisted action to be startling, it relies on the authors ability to embody and to personify horror not so much as a person, deity, or device of terror but as a being in itself, a pillar of the self, the human in the same way that survival in food, water, and shelter are: horror is what makes us human.

With this in mind, for me, it is almost insulting that some people find Twisty to be either a compelling or terrifying character, because he is in fact quite shallow and serves as far more a mode of transport to transform Dandy into a complete monster, which is the only way that I could justify his screen time in the last four episodes. I don’t understand what’s either so compelling or terrifying about his character. He’s a bland character in that his back story was bad, his purpose for the entirety of 4 episodes is vague (it was mostly just to inspire Dandy and provide some kind of horror within the show, and to what?, emphasize the already overly-emphasized point that the Freaks aren’t freaks at all?), and he’s just not scary in the way that he should be for a show of American Horror Story’s quality. Horror has to have motivation, it has to have reason, and it actually has to be compelling in a way that’s not just all about looks. Pennywise is by no means the scariest looking clown in the books, but at least he has character, a kind of charisma that allows him to be somewhat terrifying and, most of all, memorable for such stale jokes reinvigorated like, “Do you have Prince Albert in a can? You do? Well you better let the poor guy out!”, and creating new lines like, “We all float down here”. Twisty, for me, was a total waste of screentime and something more like the recent obsession within American Horror Story for gore; he was a routine act that I’d rather skip out on and wait for Lobster Boy to come out again. I’m glad he’s dead, hopefully for long, I don’t think I’d be able to put up with more of his hilarious impracticality.

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