Klown Kamp Massacre
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Fifteen years ago, Edwin went to clown camp to fulfill his lifelong dream of bringing laughter to the world... but nobody laughed. Humiliated on graduation night, Edwin viciously murdered the entire camp before vanishing into legend.
Now, despite the warnings of the town drunk, old man Bonzo has reopened the ranch and a new class of clowns have unwittingly signed up. When their die-hard instructor Sgt. Funnybone (Miguel Martinez, The Donor Conspiracy) is found dead in a puddle of cream pie and blood, the curriculum changes from comedy to survival! Edwin slashes, stabs, strangles, and disembowels the clowns while laughing insanely at his own bad jokes.
Starring Ross Kelly (Pretty Dead Things, Wedding Slashers, and TV's Wildfire) Ashley Bryce (Gimme Skelter, Beerfest), with a guest appearance by Troma's Lloyd Kaufman (Poultrygeist, The Toxic Avenger)!
Includes over 2 hours of special features, including audio commentary, behind the scenes featurette, deleted scenes, and more!
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"Klown Kamp Massacre" puts a new spin on a all too familiar tale for horror fans; 15 years ago after being humiliated in front of everyone, Edwin the clown viciously and brutally murders his fellow camp clowns. After being shut down because of the ghastly crime, Bonzo decides to re-open his camp due to his television show being canceled. With a fresh batch of painted faces on the way, everyone tries to warn them not to go because of the death curse. Naturally, nobody listens. From the start everything seems to be normal but it isn't before long that campers start disappearing and the body count starts to rise.
So, as you can tell we aren't exactly treading new waters here, but that's ok. "Klown Kamp Massacre" is almost a love letter to the slasher films from the 80's (most notably "Friday the 13th" and "Halloween") just with a clowny twist. At first I wasn't sure why it took them so long to get the movie out, and after watching the movie it became clear. They took their time on this movie to give the best bang-for-the-buck that they could and it paid off for them quite well. The production of the movie is slick and extremely good with great locations, cinematography, sound design and some surprisingly good performances. The sound in the movie is one of the things that stuck out the most because it has an impressive original score but they also pay homage to horror movies with sound cues that have this odd little humorous, almost clown-like twist to them. Much like the movie itself.
Go ahead and take that sigh of relief knowing that you'll at least be getting a quality product from the production stand point alone. As far as the story goes, yeah it's been done before but "Klown Kamp Massacre" is as much of a parody as it also a standard horror-comedy. While flipping the slasher element into a world where clowns are almost their own race (going by the fact that some have clowny chest hair and pubes), it still remains as a slasher, and a good one at that. Even though it follows that standard formula it does the right things that makes those movies work; keeping the audience in the dark and only reveals the killer in the end and building tension until then with a body count. The movie properly places in the comedy element throughout so the movie doesn't become a complete schlock fest no matter how silly it gets but it also doesn't take itself too seriously. With the kill scenes; instead of watching a victim take a knife to the face, here they take a cream pie to the face and then a knife. Or instead of a head explosion by shotgun, one of our campers loses his head from eating a pie and never noticing the giant stick of dynamite in it. All very silly stuff but it works well with what the movie is.
Equal parts comedy, parody, and horror; "Klown Kamp Massacre" takes the best things about 80's slasher movies and sticks a red nose and floppy shoes on them. Whether you like horror comedies or not this is still a low-budget feature done right and done well. It has the right pacing for this kind of flick and it knows when to be serious and when to be silly If you don't like the comedy, you'll appreciate the not quite traditional slasher story that features an appropriate amount of nudity and carnage. If you're not that interested in another slasher flick, then you'll be entertained with the movie's quirky sense of humor that's stuffed into every nook and cranny of movie all the way down the music. "Klown Kamp Massacre" is the type of movie that can entertain either a small crowd of people or an individual viewer. Whatever the reason maybe just watch this movie.
The plot of the film is Friday the 13th but instead of frisky teens at summer camp it's, well frisky clowns at summer camp. Be warned, the horror and slasher aspect takes a back seat to a broad attack on any number of contemporary issues; from rap music to reality TV to steriods to mimes they are all in season. Pay attention, the one liners, quips and jokes are easy to miss. I'm still giggling over the Clown Klux Klan reference. If the movie has a weakness (and gets only 3 stars) it's the forced low brow potty humor that was out of place in a sea of otherwise smart and crisp humor.
Don't watch this if you are looking for a slasher flick. If you're a closet clown looking for a movie to reinforce your identity I wouldn't recommend it either. If, however, you are crusty, sardonic and a smart ass, you'll enjoy it.