Written by: George Pacheco on September 23rd, 2013
Theatrical Release Date: USA, September 15th, 2012
Director: John Lechago
Writer: John Lechago
Cast: Trent Haaga, Victoria De Mare, Al Burke, Jessica Whitaker
DVD Release Date: September 16th, 2013
Approximate Running Time: 78 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: 18 (UK)
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: 88 Films
Region Encoding: Region 0 PAL (UK)
Retail Price: £8.99
Killer Clown is a boring and unimaginative re-titling for the original Full Moon release of Killjoy Goes to Hell, the fourth in a series documenting the exploits of one seriously evil, demonic clown.
Although it makes little sense that the UK’s 88 Films would see fit to reissue the fourth in a series without first releasing the initial volumes, Killer Clown benefits from being an extremely watchable comedy/horror hybrid which makes the best of its low budget in the best possible way: solid acting, interesting characters and a brisk sense of pacing.
Given that yours truly wasn’t familiar with the Killjoy franchise prior to reviewing this disc, it’s admittedly challenging to become immediately acclimated to the backstory for all of the killer clowns running around hell and earth, causing mayhem and destruction. This isn’t to say that Killer Clown is a confusing watch, exactly, for writer/director/editor John Lechago does a great job at ensuring his audience feels at home with the characters and plot.
The story begins with the summoning of Killjoy to trial—presided over by the Devil himself—for not being “evil” enough, due primarily to the events of the third Killjoy film, where our carnival killer left a victim alive in his wake. The film spends most of its time bouncing back and forth between the drama of Killjoy’s trial and a police investigation up on earth, where two detectives and a psychiatrist are trying to get to the bottom of said victim’s psychic neuroses after her battle with Killjoy.
It’s here where Killer Clown makes the most of its cast, as both Trent Haaga (as Killjoy) and Victoria De Mare (as Killjoy’s fiery girlfriend Batty Boop) seem quite at ease with the humorous dialog and bloody action sequences alike, as the film’s solid supporting cast of characters range from likable (Al Burke as “Punchy the Clown” and Tai Chan Ngo as “Freakshow”) to sexy (Aqueela Zoll as Killjoy’s spurned lover and prostituting attorney) and slimy (John Karyus as the meek defense demon Skid Mark).
All in all, Killer Clown is a fun example of how to properly shoot a low budget horror film, focusing on a simple, yet effective story which is bolstered by an engaging cast of colorful characters. Recommended.
88 Films presents Killer Clown in an anamorphic widescreen presentation which preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. Colors are sharp and saturated, while the audio is clear and without any noticeable drops. Extras are limited only to trailers, yet this 88 Films releases still stands as a solid buy for those whose faith in indie horror needs to be reaffirmed.