Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Quick Reviews: Clowntown (2016)

Won't you take me to Funky Town?  Won't you take me to...
Mysterious disappearances haunt a Town...
...but the Story takes place 15 years later, so don't worry about that too much.

Instead, meet our Heroes- 2 wacky Couples going to see a Concert, one of whom may propose.
One of them loses their phone and agrees to meet the guy who found it in a random Town off the Highway.  Who hasn't been there?
They end up in a Town overrun by crazy killers dressed as Clowns.  On the plus side, it's not New Jersey.
They must now either run or fight, since hiding doesn't usually work too well.
Will they fend off the Clowns or will they join the Circus of Corpses (also a good Metal Band name)?

To find out, watch the Film.  The End.
Clowns still don't scare me.  Let me preface the rest of this though: I wasn't scared of Clowns before either.  To be fair to Clowntown, they do a good job with the premise.  Evil killer Clowns chase people around in a Ghost Town.  They don't take too long to set everything up before you lose interest, nor do they start it too early and allow you to get too comfortable.  It is a balance that some Films just get wrong.  The Prologue does run a little long, considering how little it affects everything.  Making the Family name Strode was a cute touch though.  The big draw here is the Clowns.  You get a few different ones that go for different styles.  They aren't too similar to be repetitive, nor are they too dissimilar to be disparate.  I'm using medium-sized words today!  They are definitely scary enough to make this work.  Aside from their make-up, these Clowns sure do love to hit you.  Ultimately, they are just crazy guys who want to murder you- nothing more.  If that's all you need, this one works.  The Film indulges in lots of Cliches though, which kind of hurt the experience a little for me.  It isn't a bad Film though- just one that doesn't quite do enough with the premise.  On the plus side, new censoring...
Decent enough Film that definitely has Atmosphere.  It leaned too heavily on Cliches and torture for me though.

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