WATCH: Coulrophobia - the fear of clowns

Henry McKean investigates why people are scared of clowns

As the new horror movie IT, based on Stephen King's 1986 novel of the same name, is released in cinemas across Ireland this week, Henry McKean set off to see why people are so scared of clowns. 

He meets with Eddie Fossett, aka Otto the Clown from Fossett's Circus and borrows a clown outfit to see what way people will react to him.

The terms Coulrophobia has been used to describe an irrational fear of clowns.

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