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After the brutal murder of his best friend Jim, Bobbie is haunted by a presence. His girlfriend Val is distant and appears to have secrets of her own. Then the nightmares begin. Through the nightmares Bobbie uncovers clues regarding the murderer's identity. With the killer still on the loose, bodies piling up, and time running out, Bobbie hires a psychic to contact his deceased friend Jim. But some secrets were never meant to be revealed. Only together will they unlock the "Secrets of the Clown .
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Yes, it is low-budget and it shows. Yet I enjoyed this film. The actors are no-name amateurs, but their performances range from tolerable to acceptable. I've seen worse.
The makeup and special effects are very good. The demon's eyes have a nice orange glow. There are some good shocks, albeit of the cheap kind -- a man enters a room and suddenly sees a GRISLY SIGHT with LOUD MUSIC to jolt us.
The most obvious budgetary compromise is the sound. Not that you can't hear it. The sound is very clear. But the dialog seems to been entirely dubbed in. Lips are often out of sync, and there's no ambient sound.
Every room or outdoor location has its own ambient sound. This is why professional filmmakers record "room tone" after they're finished using a location. That way, if they later need to dub some dialog, they will also mix in the location's "ambient sound" during the sound mix. Otherwise, the dialog sounds disembodied -- the actors always sound as if they're talking in the same soundproof studio rather than in a house, car, or city street, etc.
SECRETS OF THE CLOWN has that hollow, disembodied dialog sound. It gives the film a cheap feeling.
Why did these filmmakers dub? Some filmmakers, who shoot on expensive film stock, try to save money by not recording any sound on location. But SECRETS OF THE CLOWN seems to be shot on video -- and all video cameras have built-in mics. The higher-end cameras even have sound inputs for extended mics. So even if you can't afford a separate sound recorder (as used by professionals), you can still use the camera's built-in mic.
My guess is that the people behind SECRETS OF THE CLOWN shot on video, using only the camera's built-in mic. The sound turned out to be so poor, they discarded the soundtrack and dubbed almost everything in after the fact.
If you can overlook the poor sound and mediocre acting, this film still offers an entertaining supernatural tale, with grisly effects and good shocks.
I think the above 1 star reviews, are all from friends and family involved in the movie, because there is no possible way.
I'll just go over some points.
1. the acting, i get it, it's a low budget movie, the acting is going to be bad...this acting... is just... 'hey...do...you...know...someone...who can ...read?' kind of hiring.
2. they attempt to use a bunch of plots from other horror movies, which didn't work, it's like poorly reenacted already z-movie movies stuff.
3. is it dubbed? nothing sync's up right, and i have two copies of this movie (it came on multiple horror packs), so it cannot be just a crummy copy.
4. Clearly my writing about this is lacking, because i swear it stole more than a few brain cells.
Not even mst3k, rifftrax or any other type of riffing could make this better.
Watch Manos unriffed and i swear it will be more enjoyable than this. I'm sorry to the folks who made it, i'm glad you got to make your movie, but really.... REALLY???? what. was this?
This is was filmed on a camcorder, so the poor sound quality of was evident. The crappy dialogue, acting, and fake blood (ketchup and red lipstick) were terrible. As a result, it is impossible to care about the characters. As a result, I ended up like other watchers of this movie: because I didn't care about the characters, I never cared what the secret of the clown was. I was too busy fast forwarding. This movie is extremely boring with a lot of aimless dialogue.
I bought this as a $5 movie pack at my local Mart. It contained this movie, some weird Texas torture movie with Michael Madsen and C. Thomas Howell, Room 33, and Curtains. $5 for 4 movies really does end up roping in horror movie buffs like me. Sometimes I wish I didn't love the horror genre so much; I've wasted so much of my life watching some of the crappiest horror movies around because I'm addicted to this genre. *sad face...I is ashamed of myself*