In the fifty-six years since Psycho was released to an unsuspecting public, theater-goers have borne witness to slashers of every type. From psycho killers dressed like their mothers to psycho killers dressed up like Ronald Reagan to psycho killers in luchadore masks, there are very few outfits left for the psycho killer to choose from that haven’t already been done (in many cases, to death!).
That being said, when I saw “abandoned town” and “violent psychopaths dressed as clowns” in the e-mail gauging interest in reviewing ClownTown, I jumped at the opportunity. Sure, greasepaint and rubber noses aren’t exactly unheard of in the slasher genre, but you know what they say:
Send in the clowns.
Director: Tom Nagel
Rated: Not Rated
Release Date: September 30, 2016
ClownTown doesn’t do anything we haven’t seen before. All the tropes are there: no cell service, dead car, desolate town, random thunderstorm that has no bearing on the story, and generally poor decision-making by the protagonists. There are a few genuinely tense scenes, particularly the one on top of the warehouse, but it is generally a paint-by-numbers slasher film.
While less is typically more with slasher films, ClownTown left me wanting for more explanation. While we don’t need to see Jason’s base of operations to understand that he’s an unstoppable force of nature, maybe we need just a few more details on why and how an entire town has not been able to put a stop to a small handful of clowns and their reign of terror.