Thursday, May 31, 2012

JFD111: Killer Klowns from Outer Space, The Clown Murders, Clownhouse

What's creepier than clowns? Nothing, right? Their weird painted faces, yellow teeth and dead eye stares ...shudder... Well, this week we face our fears head on and dissect the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of creepy-ass clown movies.

The Good: Killer Klowns from Outer Space from 1988 starring Grant Cramer (Hardbodies), Suzanne Snyder (Return of the Living Dead part 2) and Junk Food Dinner's favorite asshole authority figure John Vernon (Animal House, Savage Streets) about a small town that is terrorized by a group of extra terrestrial clowns. This fun and colorful cult classic is directed by Stephen Chiodo and features memorable make-up effects from the Chiodo Brothers (Critters, Ernest Scared Stupid).

The Bad: The Clown Murders from 1976 starring a very young John Candy. This misleading Canadian kidnapping movie directed by Martyn Burke (Top Secret!) has little to do with clowns and certainly isn't scary. Unless, you count the John Candy sex scene, which is utterly horrifying.

The Ugly: Clownhouse from 1989 starring Sam Rockwell (Moon, Iron Man), Nathan Forrest Winters and a guy named Tree. This horror flick tells the tale of three brothers stalked by a gang of escaped mental patients dressed as clowns. The film was made infamous by virtue of the fact that the director Victor Salva (Powder, Jeepers Creepers) was arrested for sexually abusing the young lead actor, Winters. That information mixed with the film's creepy pedophilic undertones makes this a difficult one to watch.

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