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Clownhouse (Jan-1989)

Director: Victor Salva

Writer: Victor Salva

Keywords: Horror, Halloween, Clowns

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Sam Rockwell
5-Nov-1968   Lawn Dogs


Review by anonymous (posted on 16-Apr-2005)

"Clownhouse" was my first attempt at doing title pages. I was so proud that it won an amature short subject contest. One of the judges was Francis Ford Coppola. To Victor Salva's credit, he was able to enlist the help of his friends to make this film with a budget of $210. and a lot of effort. The movie speaks for its self. It is both scary and entertaining because it was masterfully written and executed with amature actors. Thank you for this opportunity to speak out for a brilliant writer/director, Victor Salva.

Review by anonymous (posted on 19-Apr-2005)

I saw this film at a friends sleepover for her 15th birthday. There were quite a few of us tucked into our sleeping bags in the darkened front room on a gloomy stormy night in October. Up to that point I'd probably seen some of the worst video nasties of the 80s and emerged completely unscathed and indifferent to anything 90s horrors had to offer. Quite simply this film freaked us out -- I had to hold my friends hands and we were all screeching at various points. Maybe it's because most of us hated clowns and thought they were scary in their own right. It's a good film, very tense and doesn't really end how it's supposed to -- we were all shocked when one of the little boys ended up being hung from a tree -- the heroes, especially when they're little boys in their pyjamas don't die! It's been 13 years since we all sat around a little TV in our corner of England slightly miffed that our friends mum had only got us a 15 rated film. Every so often we'll talk about Clownhouse and how scary it was and how we should rent it out from Blockbusters again for a bit of reminiscing - and jumping out of our skins. However, it's no longer available in the UK and I've only today read about the scandal surrounding the director and one of the young male actors. I just want to tell you it is a good film and genuinely creepy and clever, even though since I was small I'd said a horror film about clowns would freak me out! If you choose not to see it because of the scandal then I'm totally behind you but if you do see it, you won't be disappointed.

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