February 28, 2020 Clown Fear (Movie Review)
Hundreds upon hundreds of “scary clown” movies flood the market each year—possibly each month, for that matter—and fans of this beloved genre will eat up every single release hoping for a good time. Unfortunately, such a time will not be had with Clown Fear, hitting DVD, Digital, and On Demand Tuesday, February 18, 2020 via Lionsgate.
Clown Fear spins the tale of a bridal party stranded at a hotel filled to the brim in clown-this and clown-that decor. After being dumped at the altar, Carlee (Sadie Katz: Meaning Of Violence 2018, Automation 2019), along with her bridesmaids, goes up against a force of evil plastered in clown make-up and silly top-hats with stupid reasons for wanting to kill. The groom (Gianni Capaldi: Vlad’s Legacy 2018, Hell On The Border 2019), however, tries extremely hard to save his ex-bride-to-be, but soon falls into the clutches of the evil clowns. Yikes! Whatever will anyone do?
Completely low-budget, Clown Fear has its moments of goodness, such as the camerawork and some of its gore scenes, but there is not a single person in this film the viewer will want to see remain alive. The main “good people” characters are so easily hated, especially the groom who decides to make nasty remarks out loud about his bride’s best friends at the altar—in front of the priest, no less! And no sooner than a day after is the bride already in another man’s lap, and walking around a strange town half naked with her bridesmaids.
Of course, truth be told, if a movie should be seen for a good laugh, or as inducement to yell expletives at the screen as each reel passes before the eyes, Clown Fear would make a decent late-night watch for a goof. In fact, all the scenes of straight-stupid nudity will definitely arouse any teenager with a raging case of hormones. The best part of the movie is the sound of an empty beer can hitting the street as the groom “drives” down the road with his best man.
Although a miss, Clown Fear has some decent moments going for it, but it is Actress Courtney Akbar (Astro 2018, Morbid Stories 2019) who practically steals every scene she is in, especially during a slight ending-twist dealing with her character. She has the most believable line delivery of all the cast, and her body language is top-notch.
Take it or leave it, Clown Fear is here for anyone truly in need of whetting a craving for anything clown-related. For a film that falls too flat, Cryptic Rock gives Clown Fear a nose-honking 2 out of 5 stars.