Review of Clown & Terrifier
By: Jason Bechard

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Well, well, well…we meet again! I guess it's time for me to start talking movies, huh? As usual, there may/will be SPOILERS, so be warned!

It's October! Hallowe'en season! I've had my first recommended review, so I decided to make it a double–bill, of "Killer Clown" movies. Two, very different "Killer Clown" movies.

First up, Clown (2014), written by Christopher Ford and Jon Watts, directed by Jon Watts, and starring Andy Powers, Laura Allen, and Peter Stormare.

Here's the IMDB synopsis, "A loving father finds a clown suit for his son's birthday party, only to realize that it's cursed."

I'll start this review by saying, the trailer for this film, affected me! I was seriously upset , just from the trailer!

This flick was very well done. Visually, dark and gritty, with a "real" style, which is what they were going for. For me, it felt very "real". Which is why this film "got me". Serious horror violence is hit/miss with me. Serious horror violence involving children, scares the crap out of me. "Mad props" to this flick for hitting that button, without actually showing anything graphic with children. Not an easy balancing act!

The acting was spot on. Andy Powers descent into the curse was very well done. Laura Allen's portrayal of Meg, was also, very well done, with enough desperation, and sheer panicked mother, that could have easily tipped too far off kilter to be unbelievable, but it didn't. But for me, Peter Stormare(Armageddon, Fargo, and SO many films!) really steals the show, as Karlsson, a previous owner of the curse, who knows of only 2 ways to remove the curse. One part guilty responsibility mixed with 2 parts crazy, and you've got Stormare's character, and I LOVED IT!

This is definitely not your typical "Killer Clown" flick, which is usually just a psychopath on a spree (FORESHADOWING). The supernatural curse aspect, with a "believable" nordic legend for a backstory, really brings a new twist on the sub–genre. Sure, Stephen King's IT, has a vaguely similar clown aspect, but the two premises are very far apart. Don't get me wrong, I LOVED the recent remake of IT, but Clown is an entirely different concept.

For me, Clown (2014) hits all the right buttons. Good production value. Good story. Good actors and characters. And really good horror elements. It should be on people's regular Hallowe'en watch list, in my opinion.

I give Clown (2014) 3.5 Stars.

And now, Terrifier (2017), written and directed by Damien Leone, and starring Jenna Kanell, Catherine Corcoran, Samantha Scaffidi, and David Howard Thornton.

This flick was recommended to me, by some dude name Dave…David K something…Monroe…I think? It'll come to me.

Here's the IMDB synopsis, "A maniacal clown terrorizes three young women on Halloween night and everyone else who stands in his way."

It's a "low rent" indie, "B" movie, gore fest. Not really my "cup o' tea". I know these movies have their fans, and I can kind–of appreciate, although not quite understand, the appeal. This is the typical "psychotic clown on a spree flick", I mentioned earlier.

Visually, it wasn't horrible. The lighting seemed "off" in some scenes, but for the most part it looks gritty, which helps the feel of the flick. Although, the "Medical Examiner's" lab/morgue whatever you call it, looked like a tiny basement, locker room, with medical posters on the walls. As you can probably tell, if the movie doesn't "hold" my attention, I notice the crap around it.

The acting? Not completely horrible, but nothing notable either. But, PLEASE, can we get some "realistic" reactions in these flicks? Kanell and Corcoran are your typical drunken party girls, too drunk to drive, trying to sober up. They cross paths with Thornton's clown(Art the Clown although we never hear his name at all?) and the "terrifying" begins. (Let's take a selfie with this creepy clown dude, who is following us around, staring at us, while carrying a garbage bag full of unknown metal objects?? WHA!?) Thornton's clown was creepy and terrifying to me, but more because he was a MIME CLOWN, than what he was doing. Scaffidi comes in late in the flick, as Kanell's sister, trying to find them and get them home, and despite the horrific dismemberments she stumbles upon, she musters up the "badassery" to try and fight the clown. WHAT? I get that it's needed to make the flick work, BUT IT'S NOT REALISTIC! That's where I lose interest. I stumble across someone hanging upside down, and carved in two from crotch to head…I am screaming, running for the hills, while probably vomiting and shitting my pants simultaneously! And I KNOW I am not alone in this reaction! Also, later in the flick, there is a "crazy homeless lady" introduced, with her "daughter" (a doll), for no apparent reason, other than to have a really awkward "emotional connection" with the clown, in a scene that made ZERO sense to the rest of the flick??

Story? The synopsis says it all. But they do try some switcheroo tactics with the timeline. The opening scenes actually take place after the very last scene. Whoa! The bulk of the flick actually takes place one year prior! WOW! This doesn't explain why the opening scenes play out as they do, but it ties things together…I guess? And DON'T get me started on the last scene in the Medical Examiner's Lab, where they try to "Shyamalan twist" things, by having the Clown, who shot himself in the head, "magically" come back to life, to continue his spree! No joke…I openly yelled "F*CK OFF", when it happened. Thanks DAVID K. MONTOYA, for recommending a movie to me, that managed to piss me off, with one freaking scene!

Terrifier (2017) gets a couple things right (the Clown is scary), and ALOT of things wrong. Once again, NOT MY CUP O' TEA!

I give Terrifier (2017), 2 Stars.

But what do I know? I'm just a middle aged dude, sitting in his basement, watching somewhat questionable movies, when his family is not around.

See ya next month!

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