Written by: Michael Den Boer on December 22nd, 2011
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2010
Directors: Philip Gunn, David Valdez
Writers: David Valdez, Philip Gunn
Cast:Jared Herholtz, Ross Kelly, Ashley Bryce, Isaac Kappy, Lloyd Kaufman, Mike Miller, Chris K. Payne, Daniel Gutierrez, Reuben Finkelstein, Nick Lopez, Miguel Martinez, Sandor Gattyan, Kevin R. Elder, Tara Hahn, Matt Sanford
DVD Released:December 13th, 2011
Approximate Running Time: 84 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Troma Team Video
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $14.95
Synopsis: Years after the camp was originally closed down due to one of its students going on a killing spree. The owners of the camp decide that enough time has passed and that they should reopen the camp for a new generation of aspiring clowns. Unfortunately what should have been a celebration, quickly turns deadly when the students once again start turning up dead.
Trying to pull off a Horror film on a shoe string budget is never an easy task and yet this not deter countless aspiring filmmakers, who in the end fall into the same trappings that had befell numerous micro budgeted Horror films.
In the case of Klown Kamp Massacre, this is not a film that is cut from the same mold, that these aforementioned films were cut from. In fact, it is a film that succeeds despite its limitations and in many instances it excels because of said limitations.
Being that this film is a Horror / Comedy hybrid it should not come as a surprise that there is a lot of humor throughout this film. And in many instances the focusing more the humorous aspects of the story at hand proves to be a fruitful decision. Since the more Horror related parts of this production are rather predictable and often miss more often then they hit.
Some of the more humorous bits in the film include a gangster rapper clown and a flasher clown that is obsessed with masturbation. Another area in which this film excels are the unusual ways in which each character dies. Of course this would not be a Horror film if there were not any T & A and in this regard this film once again comes through.
Let’s face it, the plot is not much more than your standard Slasher film and the characters are all one dimensional. And while if these two things were all this film had going for it, then it would be easy to dismiss. To this film’s credit it has a few tricks up its sleeve to keep this interesting enough and most importantly fun throughout.
Troma presents Klown Kamp Massacre in an anamorphic widescreen that retains this films original aspect ratio. Colors and flesh tones look accurate, black levels look decent and the image generally looks crisp.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. Dialog comes through clearly and everything sounds balanced.
Extras for this release include a intro before the film with Troma Entertainments CEO Lloyd Kaufman, a trailer for the film (2 minutes 21 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), a behind the scenes segment with music from the film (6 minutes 35 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), two shorts films ‘Edwin’ (11 minutes 8 seconds – 4:3 full frame) and ‘Boob-a-Minute Guarantee’ (3 minutes 18 seconds – 4:3 full frame), four minutes of deleted scenes, a ‘Making of’ featurette (15 minutes 2 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), seven ‘behind the scenes’ segments titled Clownly Webisodes – these can be played separately or all together and a audio commentary with the cast and the directors. The extras do a superb job covering the various aspects of the production, most notably the audio commentary track. Also included with this release are trailers for other titles also available from Troma and wide assortment of other Tromatic extras. Overall Klown Kamp Massacre gets a first rate release from Troma.