80 min., 2006
Written by Todd Brunswick
Directed by Tommy Brunswick
My rating: ★
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The movie begins with a killer clown named Mr. Jingles (Dr. Rudy Hatfield), who has just escaped from prison, attacking and killing the mother and father of a girl named Angie (Kelli Jensen). Two cops enter the house and shoot Mr. Jingles. Seven years have passed since then and Angie is finally leaving the “loony bin” to go and live with her Aunt Helen (Niclole Majdali) and her two cousins, Dylan (Nathanial Ketchum) and Heidi (Jessica Hall). Aunt Helen and Heidi are planning on throwing Angie a party to welcome her back, but Dylan and his friends are also planning to scare everyone with the return of Mr. Jingles. The big problem is that it seems that Mr. Jingles is already back and he has started to kill again. To make matters worse, it turns out that Mr. Jingles wasn’t actually guilty of the crime that locked him up for, and now, back from the dead he is looking to finish what he started. Or is he?
Acting in this movie is just really bad. I wasn’t expecting anything great and was expecting everyone to be way over-the-top, but what surprised me the most is that everyone was trying too hard to be “real” actors, and they all played their roles too serious. Then you have a few of them who just seemed way too bored with everything that was going on. Their delivery of their lines was almost like they were sleeping. There is a scene where a guy is getting head and he just looks incredibly bored. Really? Has he never gotten head before, because I would expect him to look a little bit happier than that? The only exception was with Dr. Rudy Hatfield as Mr. Jingles. He really seemed to be having a good time with his part, but even then it wasn’t enough to help the overall feel of the movie.
The effects of the movie are pretty fun. Most of the “action” takes place off screen, with blood (and a penis) flying in every direction. The stuff that is shown is your garden variety low budget effects. Of course I’ve seen better, but I’ve also seen a lot worse. They are good enough considering what you’re watching. Its overall cheesy feel works out to be affective enough, but then there was still the acting.
Now with some of the other low budget films that I have watched/reviewed I’ve usually had a really good time with them. The acting is nothing great and the effects are very cheesy, but that’s all part of the fun. This movie is really no different, except for the fact that no one seemed to be having any fun with the movie. Everyone was taking this movie way too seriously and when you have a movie like this, that feel of fun is necessary. Learn to lighten up a bit guys. So when you have a cheesy movie where everyone involved is taking it way too serious, it just falls flat. It really sucks because every time I started to enjoy the movie, the “acting” would begin and make it painful to watch. This is a perfect example of a bad low budget movie.Have You Read...?