An artist who loves to paint pictures of scary clowns suddenly has one 'come to life,' Naturally, this clown is pure evil, and starts wiping out her co-workers and other loved ones.
Fear of Clowns
is a movie with a concept that I have to admit, I dig. I love the idea of evil clowns, and always have since Tim Curry's incredible portrayal of Pennywise the Clown in Stephen King's IT
(his scenes remain the only real watchable part of the movie now). That being said, I was ready for this flick to knock my socks off and crawl inside my head to mess around in there. What I got instead was an intriguing idea that ended up running about a half an hour too long.
What's good about this flick? The acting from the leads, Jacky Reres and Rick Ganz is actually pretty good. They're believable characters and you are with them throughout their whole ordeal. The killer clown, Shivers (Mark Lassise) has some neat makeup and looks pretty menacing, although a big shirtless clown who carries around a medieval axe (?) as a weapon is tough to swallow sometimes. The guy plays his part like a strong, silent Micheal Myers type of fellow, and you can tell he relishes it. I also dug the atmosphere around the guy when we were subjected to his 'mental torment', even if it was a weak M.O and the wrong type of evil clown. Almost everyone who isn't a lead character dies in this flick too, although it's not overly bloody, and more implied than anything.
What's not so good? My biggest problem with this movie is that it's called FEAR OF CLOWNS
. The main character's an artist who supposedly has a fear of clowns, and correct me if i'm wrong, but shouldn't this be expounded upon? There wasn't a single mention of her terrifying fear- yes, she happens to paint them, but there is no character exposition other than that which focuses on this fear! Another thing I didn't like was the homicide policeman, Det.Peters (Frank Lama), who seemed to be so cheesy and hammy, channeling his worst Bruce Campbell impersonation before becoming more 'serious' towards the film's end- it may not be the guy's fault, but his character sure annoyed the heck out of me.
Shivers the clown (who is never
actually called by that name in the film) should have been a terrifying, crazy psycho who plays head games, not just another slasher-type psycho who kills people for essentially no reason. I don't want to give out any spoliers, but technically the only reason Shivers kills anyone is because he's just so crazy, he has one person he believes (or is told) he needs to kill to 'get better', but other than that, the guy is just excessive. On top of this, the guy is magic
, everywhere you don't want him to be, all the time, just appearing at will it would seem. The subplot of the ex-husband helps to tie everything together somewhat, but still feels like a tacked on sort of 'oh, this ought to do it' sort of way to explain things. On top of this, the clown's demise is absolutely ridiculous, and the makers of this one added an extra scene which makes no sense other than to open the door for a sequel.
Fear of Clowns was an entertaining watch for me, perhaps only because I love the premise so much, and Shivers the Clown looks pretty damn cool. Keep in mind though that if you removed the clown make-up and the 'artist/clown' connection, this movie has no clown feel whatsoever, it's almost like they were added in at the last minute. If you're up for a decent low budget slasher or know someone who is petrified of clowns, give this one a spin and see how badly it scares YOU!