To be fair, movies like A Clockwork Orange and Taxi Driver did provoke some of the "moral panic" we're seeing now when they released. Worse, even, by the looks of it. I wonder if that's a cause or a consequence of the US movie industry these days being so tame compared to Europe or Latin America.
OT - great movie, despite some hiccups here and there on the plot and pacing. If anyone is willing to be inspired by a fictional failed murderous clown, on the other hand, that says a lot about them. I'll give it an 7.5, perhaps 8.
The real scary question is will anybody be able to relate to this fictional failed murderous clown, and if so, what does that say about society?