FEAR OF CLOWNS 2
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
This one picks up where the last one left off. Detective Dan Peters has just found out that he has a limited time to live, as he's developed a disease that will destroy his brain and body. When he tries to retire, he finds out that the evil Shivers the clown isn't nearly as dead as anyone thought. Shivers and his new stooges, Ogre and Giggles, are going to go after Lynn again. Only this time, Lynn and Peters have a plan and will be ready.
Is it good movie?
Well I never would have expected to get a decent little flick out of this sequel, but I did. Very, very rarely does a sequel surpass the original that came before it, but Fear of Clowns 2 has managed to pull off that rare feat. First things first, the script here is undoubtedly more solid than the last and this helps a lot. There's more back story on Shivers the clown which was desperately needed, and he gets a better development. We understand more about what makes him tick.
Also, the acting has gotten so much better, which is surprising given that it's a lot of the same cast. My biggest complaint last time was Frank Lama, who reprises his role here as Detective Peters. I thought he was really out of place and over-the-top in the last film. Here, he's gone and proven me wrong and showed that he's got chops. His portrayal isn't perfect, but its worlds better than last time. Everyone has stepped up their game here and the whole picture seems more cohesive.
I also really like the idea of Shivers bringing his crazy-ass clown friends with him to help do some damage. Giggles the cannibalistic clown and Ogre the head-hunter are both awesome and really bring the creepy. If you've got a true fear of clowns, this movie will definitely exploit it. Finally, this bad boy is a lot nastier gore-wise than the last one, with more kills actually taking place on camera. I dig it, what can I say?
This movie improves on its predecessor in almost every way. It's not perfect, but it is definitely better than the first outing. Some scenes are a little hard to swallow and the ending was a little bit of a letdown and a cop out, but that didn't ruin this for me.
Video / Audio
Fear of Clowns 2 is everything that I want in a killer clown movie, and that says a lot. It seems like the crew here got their act together and actually listened to everything fans had to say when making this one. The whole film seems more cohesive, and is all around better in almost every way. Dig it!