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Killjoy 3

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Full Moon Features
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John Lechago
Trent Haaga
Victoria De Mare
Al Burke
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It is classical theater law that there are but four kinds of clowns and they are known as Whiteface, Hobo, Aguste and Character. I would like to add one to the list, one that I have seen enough times to justify. From the Stephen King miniseries “IT” to Killer Clowns From Outer Space all the way down to Batman's arch nemesis “the Joker”, the homicidal clown has been a staple character throughout the ages. Whether it is the motley, often grotesque makeup, the strange evil showmanship or all the sight gags and gambits which can easily be refurbished into weapons, the homicidal Harlequin is an established iconic, ironic mix of childish sport and wacky blood-lust. In this vein, Killjoy 3 made me laugh a few times, but comedy and tragedy are a difficult mix indeed. So let's see how it plays out, shall we?

In Killjoy 3, the homicidal clown is once again summoned by a professor who wants revenge. It seems that the evil clown murdered his son in a previous film and now he seeks to do battle with the evil clown himself through the use of an enchanted mirror.  Of course, Killjoy isn't about to come along quietly, (as if an insane evil clown ever could) so he summons a small gang of evil clowns to act as his henchmen just before hapless teens start falling through the looking glass and wackiness ensues. There is Punchy, the fat Emmet Kelly lookalike with giant beach-ball sized fists, Freakshow, the weird mime with a fetus in full makeup growing out of his side, and Batty Boop, a clown chick succubus who uses the promise of sex as the ultimate parlor trick with a gotcha ending.  By contrast, the four teens sucked into the mirror, aren't really developed as characters and even if they all were slaughtered piecemeal, you won't even miss them, so they really needn't be discussed in detail. Judging by the amount of speaking dialogue uttered, the clowns are the real stars of this psycho circus and you should just sit back and enjoy the show. Basically, it is a series of dreamlike Nightmare On Elm Street visions and vignettes, with the one caveat of if you die on the wrong side of the glass, you also forfeit your soul. Sorry kids, no refunds...

There is only one reason to own this breast-less, silly budget version of a big top gone bad and that is the characterization of Killjoy himself.  Aptly played by Trent Haaga he is able to act, (overact actually) with such a joyless intensity that is one part Beetle-Juice, one part Freddy Kruger, with just a dash of Heath Ledger's Joker thrown in for good measure.  The cartoon violence that actually amounted to piles of real gore was dumb, off putting at first but strangely unsettling even in its complete medical impossibility. So even if Killjoy and his troupe of terror trolls weren't as developed nor as demonic as “Pinhead” and the boys from “Hellraiser”, isn't this what we look to clowns for all along? A few tricks, surprises and laughs  to distract us from the very predictable, played-out circus that is B movie horror?

Extras include trailers and “behind the scenes” footage from the filming of Killjoy 1 and 3. This is the first Killjoy movie I have ever seen, but the other ones had a blaxploitation flair about them so I don't think I was their intended audience anyway....

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