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.
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