I think people are often a tad dramatic
when it comes to expressing their fears. Like being SO terrified that
you shart every time you see a spider … or running out the movie
theater you paid to get in cause you just can’t handle the horror on
the screen (da fuck?). While I don’t necessarily find them scary, I do agree
that clowns can be creepy. Even a friendly looking clown can inspire
unsettling vibes. Thanks to wackjobs like real-life serial killer clown John
Gacy, the thought of something sinister hiding beneath the paint
always lingers. Creepy factor intact, you’d think that clowns and
horror movies would be a winning formula more often than not …
unfortunately, it’s not.
I’ve seen enough clown-centric horror
movies to where I can no longer even muster much excitement for this sub-genre. I thought things were turning around when I stumbled
across the Killjoy franchise, which I don’t think I’d ever heard of until recently.
The first movie started off with promise. And despite some
uninspiring kill scenes, I was interested enough to continue the
series. Sadly, things tumbled downhill as the sequels tried to flesh
out the character and the Killjoy lore in the most lackluster way possible.
The clown theme is even lamer in flicks like Clown Motel, ClownTown, and the super campy, super crappy, Camp Blood series.
It’s not all bad though. We got Killer
Clowns From Outer Space, the quintessential killer clown flick. While
the original is awesome, I’d love to see a darker, slightly less
silly rebooted version. As far as really really solid movies go,
Clown has to be at the top of the list. I saw this on Netflix a
couple years ago on and absolutely loved it. Thought it brought a near perfect mix of comedy and tragedy. On that note, the original story
is the best thing this movie has going for it. Instead of the typical
slasher in makeup and a wig, Clown introduces the concept of a
mysterious costume that slowly turns the wearer into a blood thirsty,
psychotic monster by literally bonding to his body. Symbiotic shit
going on here peoples.
As for clowns in general, I think
they’re pretty cool. Due in large part to the contributions of the
Insane Clown Posse and the original wicket street jester Homey the
Clown, AKA Esham. These Detroit legends inspired some of my favorite
Halloween costumes. Had a late 30-something year old man feeling no
shame going out trickin’ for treats. Give up all da candy, foo!