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Amusement (DVD) (WS/FS)

Three women. Three separate lives. Three unique versions of fear ... which become a single journey into terror. Laura Breckenridge ("Loving Annabelle," "Southern Belles"), Katheryn Winnick ("Failure to Launch," "Two Weeks Notice") and Jessica Lucas ("Cloverfield," "Shes the Man") star as three onetime childhood friends now being stalked by a serial killer whose decade's old hatred is about to become murderous in this terrifying thriller. Keir O'Donnell ("Wedding Crashers," "The Break-Up") and Tad Hilgenbrink ("American Pie Presents Band Camp") play their unwitting boyfriends drawn into their wide-awake nightmare.

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Amusement opens with a too-long scene involving a girl named Shelby’s (Laura Breckenridge) reluctance to join a trucking convoy that her boyfriend behind the wheel is for some reason totally dedicated to. One can guess if they ever return from this fateful road trip. From here, the film splinters into three more parts, focusing on Shelby’s childhood friends, Lisa (Jessica Lucas) and Tabitha (Katheryn Winnick), and finally, a serial killer who aims to ensnare them all because they didn’t laugh at his animal-torturing diorama in grade school. The killer, a brainiac who sports rubber apron, gloves, and goggles for his sick enterprises, operates on the premise that his killings are funny, and cackles ring throughout the film. There is not a tremendous amount of gore in Amusement, as it focuses on what little suspense it manages, as citizens and FBI agents alike fail to catch the crafty villain. Perhaps the most notable aspect to this film is the mysterious criminal ringleader, a clown doll, who appears midway through as Tabitha tries to babysit. Furthering Stephen King’s It tradition, this movie gets slightly better when the girls enter this evil clown’s territory, a bedroom packed with clown toys. However, the clown and his clown posse are a bit non sequitur, and the entire film feels confused and patched together. Return to Child’s Play if you really want to delve into evil toys and the young boys who play with them. --Trinie Dalton

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Widescreen, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 20, 2009
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001LIK8MA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,060 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Jay on July 5, 2009
Format: DVD
When a horror movie posts a creepy looking clown on the cover odds are I'm going to check it out. When looking at scary movies with clowns only Clownhouse, It, & Killer Klowns from Outer Space are real standouts for my taste. Despite that fact I still tend to check out all these weak clown horror attempts in hopes of finding a classic. Unfortunately in this case the clown on the cover was something to lure you in since it only played a role for about 10 minutes of the film. I've noticed this is a pretty common complaint about the film and overall will aid in more negative reviews.

The film turns out to consist of a few different poorly written stories all tying together at the end. The first story is about a girl Shelby & her boyfriend rob as they become part of a disastrous convey trip. The second is the best part of the film where the clown appears for the first and only time while a girl named Tabitha is babysitting. The third installment is a girl Lisa who goes home with a guy after a night at the bar to never come home again. Now all the girls in the stories wind up being linked through a ridiculous situation back in elementary school along with their killer.

It's pretty much a waste of an hour and a half with very few enjoyable parts. The killer himself is so pathetic there is no way you could find him scary. He has this annoying laugh he does through that becomes so annoying you want jump through the tv and strangle him. It wasn't all terrible though thanks to the girls in the story. All 3 actresses did a really solid job with Tabitha(Katheryn Winnick) leading the pack by being the most believable. The clown segment itself was pretty creepy and should have been the premise for the entire film. If they had focused primarily on the killer being dressed up as the clown the film would've had a better chance at success.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Kroell on September 6, 2009
Format: DVD
If you're reading this review, it is because (1) You are thinking about watching this movie but are skeptical as to whether or not you should, or (2) You have already seen it and want to see what other people think. If you (1), take this to heart. I just got done watching this movie and it did absolutely nothing for me.
Amusement doesn't draw you in whatsoever. All the principles of a good movie are completely absent. There is no rise of action, no climax, it just simply keeps the same pace the whole movie. I can respect the attempted story line, as it does make an attempt at a thick plot, but it completely fails. The scenes don't seem to connect and it turns out to be really sloppy. This is honestly all i got from tihs movie: A weirdo from back in grade school seeks revenge (for whatever reason, motives are never revealed) This guy just dresses up as different people and puts on acts then, as you probably guessed, he reveals himself and laughs an obnoxious laugh. Seriously, he laughs this entire movie. This movie should be called "Annoying Laughter".
The best part of this movie is towards the end... While he is in the act, the main girl (I think) starts laughing, he is immediately touched by this laughter and frees her from her restraints and for a moment there is a romantic and touching connection between the two. Haha that was amusing. This is not a Clown killer movie by any means. Don't let the cover fool you. Well, you have been warned, if you ignore this review and proceed to rent or buy this movie, this review will soon become a painful reality for you. Don't say i didn't tell you so.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By phreejax on May 11, 2011
Format: Amazon Instant Video
I don't get all the negative reviews -- this movie actually has a lot going for it. And personally, I've always liked this kind of tripartite structure, whether the three separate stories interconnect at the end (as is the case with this film), or connect only through an actor or general theme (as with my favorite, 1955's excellent "Three Cases of Murder"). I was entertained by "Amusement:" it is not just a flick to help waste your time, and the folks involved in its making clearly wanted to make a good movie, despite the budget.

As mentioned, "Amusement" consists of three stories with somewhat open endings, all three of which are resolved in a common dénouement at the end. Other than the first story, which I felt was the weakest of the bunch, "Amusement" is mostly carried by the main actor, Katheryn Winnick. Despite her demure clothing throughout, Winnick is decidedly more Playboy-bunny (well, a very athletic bunny -- she is after all a Taekwondo champion) than ordinary-girl-next-door, and at first I thought she was slightly mis-cast. I was wrong -- not only does she give a truly solid performance (notably better than the norm in these sorts of roles), her inherent sexuality seemed to enhance the sense of a strong, tough woman who will survive no matter what. Winnick is much more than eye candy here; she actually carries the film.

The sets deserve a special mention -- they are above the norm. The pacing, and focus on telling a coherent story (really hard, I would think, in a movie structured like this) are also above-average.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Explorator on November 25, 2010
Format: DVD
I was pleasantly surprised by this creepy, unpredictable and seriously underrated horror movie. I can't understand how any true horror fan couldn't like what is on display here. It keeps up a decent pace without the obligatory 20 minute character intros we often have to suffer through, instead treating us to dark and eerie scenes dripping with atmosphere and dread that rarely let up. In fact it's hard to know who the main character is until half way through the movie because it's so unpredictable and major characters drop like flies when you least expect it.

There are some EXCELLENT twists and there is a nail-biting scene of torment with these two tied up girls at the end that culminates in a stunning finale! My only gripe with it would be that I wish the killer had kept their clown mask on toward the end instead of showing their real face so much during the final scene. Other than that, if you're a fan of atmosphere, suspense and some decent but quick scenes of blood & gore then you should be quite 'amused' by this interesting and fast paced horror flick.

The haters are way off base here folks. This is certainly better than most of the crap we dedicated horror fans endure.
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