#5 – Clowns.
One word: IT. Because of that movie, I and many others are afraid of clowns. I remember watching Steven King’s IT when I was in first grade with my sister and my aunt in our bedroom as we waiting for my mom to come home from work. I never watched the second half of that movie because I was so scared.
For years, every time I go into the bathroom, I always have to check the curtain. I was paranoid that I might see a spider transforming into the IT clown. If I happen to see something remotely close to a shape of a clown face before bed, I would lie awake all night in cold sweat. Birthday clowns, circus clowns, Disney clowns – all of them scare me. Ironically, the only clown I’m not afraid of is Bozo, even though he looks most like the IT clown.