If there weren’t already lots sufficient causes to hate clowns, you’ll be able to add the horror film ClownTown to the checklist. Tom Nagel’s low-price range debut function is inspired by the premise that folks wearing clown costumes are inherently creepy, which isn’t exactly a novel display screen concept.
The movie a minimum of has the courage of its derivative and exploitive convictions, as demonstrated by its prologue by which a comely younger lady is shown topless and the primary homicide occurs even earlier than the opening credits. The victim is a babysitter, naturally, and the section has only a tenuous connection to the remainder of the story. But hey, not less than the teenage male target audience gets to see some bare breasts, proper?
We’re then introduced to a generic quartet of twentysomethings — for the file, they’re played by Brian Nagel, Lauren Elise, Andrew Staton and Katie Keene — driving through Ohio on their technique to a live performance when considered one of them leaves her cellphone at a roadside diner. Upon discovering it lacking, they call the telephone, and the person who answers instructs them to head to Clinton, a nearby small town the place he’ll meet them.
(Let’s assume it’s a coincidence that the Ohio city in question is called for the presidential candidate who’s currently not doing very well within the state, if only because it would show a cheeky imagination that the rest of the misbegotten film sorely lacks).
Anyway, the group heads to the city, which has apparently been deserted since a catastrophic train accident years earlier. Deserted, that is, apart from a bunch of homicidal maniacs wearing otherwise styled clown costumes and makeup. All of them are silent apart from the chatty, sole female in the bunch. During the ensuing cat-and-mouse game, the would-be victims meet two older residents who present the uninteresting backstory about what’s going on.
It’s all as generic and pointless because it sounds, with tyro filmmaker Nagel unable to muster up the form of visceral thrills that a John Carpenter or Wes Craven would have been in a position to ship of their sleep. Judging by the variety of Nagels listed within the movie’s credits, ClownTown would seem to be some type of household undertaking. A journey to Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion would have been a better choice.
Distribution: ITN Distribution Production companies: Millman Productions, Steel House Productions, Zorya Films Cast: Brian Nagel, Lauren Elise, Andrew Staton, Katie Keene, Jeff Denton Director-editor: Tom Nagel Screenwriter: Jeff Miller Producers: Jeff Miller, Tom Nagel, Brian Nagel, Christopher Lawrence Chapman Executive producers: Jeff Miller, Christopher Lawrence Chapman, Ronnie D. Lee, Brian Nagel Director of images: Ken Stachnik Production designer: Ryan Pilz Composer: Holly Amber Church Casting: Mark Sikes
Not rated, 86 minutes