This is not a good movie. I don’t even know if it attempts to (actually, that’s not true. You can see the attempt by some people, but not all of them). The movie is a mashup of all these other movies from the 70s that you can tell that Zombie idolizes: specifically, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Hills Have Eyes, etc. Those movies were considered on the fringe of viewing because they were overwhelmingly violent for the films of that time. They had that grungy handmade feel to them, and that was welcomed over the gloss of the horror films to that point.
Therefore, when Zombie attempts to do the same things here (and he even manages to rehash his own movies), it’s so boring it’s laughable. I really wanted to like this: it’s got terrible Grindhouse classic written all over it. However, it’s so aware of this fact that it plays it up so much it keeps hitting you in the face with a giant Clown hand.
I guess I should talk about what the movie is about huh? I wonder how easy this will be.
“This movie is about a bunch of carnies that get captured and put into a version of ‘The Most Dangerous Game’ (an excellent story), but instead of a man with a rifle, it’s a variety of clowns with edgy names.”
Yup. That pretty much sums it up.
Brake as Doom-Head. He’s one of the few who you actually believe is off his rocker completely. He owns his script lines, chewing on them delightfully while the drip onto the screen – and his violence is terribly convincing as well (I had to go with the fun terrible pun). Special points to the opener.
I have to say, normally language in a film doesn't get to me that much. But all the language here was so totally unnecessary that it completely made me stop paying attention after a while. I was consistently rewinding the film in order to catch what was actually being said.
Are there better ways to spend your precious Halloween time? Absolutely. Are there better ways to spend that include a Nazi dwarf clown? Uh… I’m not sure, but I’m sure it’s out there.
31 only gets a “D-“ from me. Stick to It and Killer Klowns from Outer Space if you want a clown film this Halloween.
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