Sunday, September 15, 2019

My Review Of "Clownado"

Todd Sheets’ twisted new horror "Clownado" stars genre icons Linnea Quigley and Eileen Deitz. Rachel Lagen, John O'Hara, and Joel D. Wynkoop co-star. The film takes on the newest mashup craze started by "Sharknado", mixing weather scares in an ultra low-budget, indie cool way.

Cursed demonic circus clowns set out on a vengeful massacre using tornadoes. A stripper, Elvis impersonator, truck driver, teen runaway, and a dude get caught in the supernatural battle between femme fatal and the boss clown from hell.

Todd Sheets may be mental, he is slightly blood thirsty and he definitely has a sense of wonder. Even if that wonder is generated in Hell. His films always shows, above all else, that the guy loves making horror movies. "Clownado" puts that love affair on full display. And in the most cheesy, gory, indie way. 

The film starts with a film noir, comic book asthetic with characters as theatrical as "The Shadow" and "The Devil's Carnival". There is an almost dreamlike atmosphere that along with the lighting legitimizes the absurdity of "Clownado". And yeah for many horror fans out there, this movie will be a waste of time, but for most indie horror fans, myself included, this film is a fun time.

The cast is a recognizable group of actors familiar to horror fans and especially Todd Sheets fans, he has a few peeps he likes to use in his movies. There are moments where dialog and acting falls short. At times it is clear that the lines ate the actor, but with any other film it would cripple the value to movie goers trying to enjoy the movie. However with films like "Clownado", were everything is over played and overstated, it doesn't matter as much. 

The real money is with the movie's horror. The serial killer clown make-up, the supernatural catalyst and the sheer amount of blood splatter is enough to make any horror fan smile. And Sheets knows how to work the heck out of a special effects budget. Even the CGI is done in a cheeky graphic novel style that works almost better than "Sharknado" effects. Overall "Clownado" was entertaining to watch. It could slide easily in either Full Moon or The Asylum's catalog. (3.5/5)

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