Different aspects of horror movies affect us all differently. Those afraid of the woods were scared by The Blair Witch Project. If it is spiders it might be Arachnophobia. Fear of water if not before Jaws would definitely be after. Claustrophobic people tend to be scared of The Descent or Buried. Those afraid of dolls tend to fear films like Poltergeist or Annabelle or Magic. But one thing in horror, or even just in life, that tends to scare more people than not has to be clowns. In the aforementioned Poltergeist the doll wasn’t just a scary doll but a clown. Pennywise in Stephen King’s It scarred a whole generation of TV viewers. Even in real life we had notorious serial killer John Wayne Gacy forever remembered as that creepy kid’s party clown. Well for those of you who dig your clown horror, a new one is out this month that might just do the trick, Clowntown.
The plot isn’t one that is going to take up a lot of real estate in this review. A group of friends find themselves stranded in an abandoned town that is overrun by a murderous gang of psychopaths dressed as clown.
Yup, that pretty much sums it up. But you aren’t going to watch Clowntown for the deep storylines or plot twists. You want to see some clown action. And that is something Clowntown has plenty of. Not to mention it is a damn fine looking film for a lower budget feature. It also has some good acting going for it, another unusual thing for a smaller film. But Clowntown engages the viewer with some interesting main characters and even more interesting villains. The clowns here are seriously freaky. And that is actually a hard thing to pull off. There have been scores of low budget evil clown movies and many times they just throw together a clown costume that doesn’t even look scary but Clowntown looks like they took some time to make sure each individual clown has its own look and looked terrifying. There is one in particular that I found just skin crawling, thanks in part to the makeup and in part to the great acting going on underneath it. There are plenty of thrills, tension, violence and fun to be had in Clowntown and for a change, it is of excellent quality as well. A well made simply but effective horror romp that is the perfect choice for the next friends movie night. Definitely recommended.