Clowntown full movie review - The tears of a clown.......
Whilst on their way to a concert, four friends get sidetracked and stranded in a seemingly abandoned town.
Whilst looking for help, they find themselves stalked and terrorised by a gang of violent clown dressed psychopaths, who will stop at nothing ensnaring them into their sinister blood thirsty games......
Clowns can be scary can't they?
Arguably the scariest of all clowns is Pennywise, as he is literally the stuff made of nightmares. Then the Killer Klowns, whilst not the scariest clowns to grace small screen, have gained notoriety because the film is just so much fun.
But then Sam Rockwell could argue that the awful Clownhouse is the scariest thing for him.......knowing its on his C.V.
This has all the right ingredients for a decent horror come stalk and slash, but the end result is just a boring film that tries to hard to be an amalgamation of the later Friday films and a Rob Zombie film.
So once the main narrative of the film commences (second act, always when one of the protagonists sees something overly bizarre), it's just so formulaic, and so lethargic, you are willing the clowns to walk just that little fast, kill the stupid kids and let the film just finish.
So we are 'treated' to a wealth of horror film tropes, killers walking slowly and always getting who they want, protagonists making silly decisions that have been made since the late seventies, and the old man, who comes out of nowhere, who has never been harmed and should have minded his own business.
It's pretty poor stuff,many horror fan would have seen this film dozens of times before, and not have let themselves get drawn in by the predictable decent DVD cover art.
But fair dues, every once in a while, there is a little gem amongst the dirge and the filth, and sadly this isn't one of them.
Borrowing from too many better horror films is always a mistake, because you remember just how good those were, whilst suffering this rubbish.