Saturday, 1 October 2016

Popcorn & Coffee: CLOWNTOWN

NOT RATED; 86 minutes; $14.99; Amazon
Now in theaters from ITN Distribution, Inc. is the horror-flick CLOWNTOWN. The film will also be available on DVD and VOD on October 4th!

Directed by Tom Nagel and co-produced by Robert Kurt, the film stars Brian Nagel, Lauren Elise, Andrew Staton, Katie Keene, Jeff Denton, Chris Hahn, David H. Greathouse, and Greg Violand.

Inspired by true event, CLOWNTOWN centers on four friends (Brad - played by Brian Nagel, Sarah - Lauren Elise Compton, Mike - Andrew Staton, and Jill - Katie Keene) who are on a road trip to a concert. They stop by a rural Ohio diner and get directions from the local sheriff.

They go back on the road, but are quickly sidetracked when they realize one of the girls had left her cell phone at the diner. They call her cell number hoping someone at the diner would answer it. However, a seemingly nice male answers the phones and agrees to give the phone back to her. The only catch is they have to meet him in an abandoned town.

Well, the town isn't exactly empty as there are several bloody thirsty clowns hanging around, looking for new victims.

Final Thoughts: With all the evil clown hoaxes all around the country, the last thing we need is another killer clown movie. Nevertheless, I am a big horror fan, so of course I wanted to see this flick; even though clowns do freak me out. (Stephen King's It comes to mind.)

No, CLOWNTOWN isn't really based on actual events. The writer/producer Jeff Miller had saw news reports about people wearing clown costumes, carrying weapons, and scaring the citizens of Bakersfield, CA in 2014; leading Jeff to come up with the idea for the movie.

Low-budget horror films are a dime a dozen. What always comes with these types of movies? Bad acting! And yes, there is plenty of bad acting in CLOWNTOWN. The one-dimensional characters and the cheesy dialogue doesn't help either. The plot is extremely thin, and the reasoning behind the killings is never really explained, except for some sort of train accident that occurred fifteen-years ago.

Who are all the killer clowns? I figured out who the Baseball Clown (played by David Greenhouse) was, but I have no clue who the others were and why they wanted to kill people.

Overall, CLOWNTOWN is a cliched-horror flick with nothing going on for it besides some interesting clown makeup.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary screener in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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