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If you thought clowns were creepy before seeing the trailer for Joker starring Joaquin Phoenix, consider yourself warned when checking out the first look at the latest origin story for Gotham’s most iconic villain. The trailer for the upcoming film is essentially a terrifying downward spiral from a relatively normal-looking Phoenix to the cackling makeup-encrusted Joker figure we all know and fear.

It’s terrifying, and also totally awesome.

Gives the cheerful ditty “Put on a Happy Face” some new meaning, huh? Sorry, Dick Van Dyke, we’ll never unsee Joaquin Phoenix stretching his face into a smile while that song plays.

Online, the terror is pretty unanimous.

Some viewers were able to put their fear aside to take note of some important Easter eggs hidden within the horrorscape. One Twitter user astutely pointed out that the Joker can be seen writing about mental illness—something we hope the film tackles responsibly especially because it’s from the mind who brought us The Hangover series—and another pointed out how singular this trailer for a very familiar property feels.

The origin tale also stars Robert De Niro, Atlanta‘s Brian Tyree Henry, Zazie Beetz and Brett Cullen and charts the mental deterioration of aspiring stand-up comedian Arthur Fleck as he goes from failing comic to psychopathic serial killer. The film gives depth to the character that hasn’t been seen in past iterations made famous by Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger, including the close relationship Fleck has with his mother and the violent encounters that exacerbate his mental illness.

Joker hits theatres in October 2019.