coulrophobia

TRAILER THOUGHTS: THE REASON I [YOU] ARE AFRAID OF CLOWNS: CLOWNTERGEIST [2017]

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As I have said countless times in the past, I have coulrophobia – AKA a fear of clowns – and with the reboot of It coming out this year, it is safe to say that I am going to be terrified in the theater. Hell, these past 12 months have given us films like 31, Clowntown and Circus Of The Dead showing us that the genre of the clown[s] is definitely coming! Don’t get me wrong though, there actually have been clown themed movies that I actually enjoyed like Killer Klowns From Outer Space, and even the original TV movie of It, but this is because films like Killer Klowns are extremely cheesy, and have that “fun and quirky quality” to them. [Though, if I am being honest, “It” did scar me as a young child]

Enter Clowntergeist – and yes, that is the film’s actual title – 2017’s first horror film featuring a killer clown. More specifically, this is a horror movie about a clown that is possessed by a demon and stalks around a small town; leaving messages [dates and times] on balloons in order to tell his victims exactly the moment when he will kill them. Watching the trailer, Clowntergeist seems to be a mix of The Ring, It, and even a shade of Poltergeist! It looks, as far as  design, completely ridiculous and possibly terrible. But with the right friends, it also looks like it could be fun; being a film that is not meant to be taken overly seriously.

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[the villain of CLOWNTERGEIST]

Clowntergeist follows Emma, a college student who, like me, has a crippling fear of clowns. She is forced to come face to face with her worst fear when an evil spirit in the body of a clown is summoned and is terrorizing the town she calls home. One by one Emma and her friends receive a balloon with the exact time and date of when this clown will appear to kill them written on it. After receiving her balloon, Emma comes to realize that she has only two days left to live, and must fight against the clock to find a way to survive..and stop the Clowntergeist [who, according to IMDb, is named “Ribcage The Clown“] once and for all! Does this sound like something you would be interested in watching? While there may not be an official release date yet, you should still check out the trailer below!

Between the gore and the greasepaint, Clowntergeist looks like a terrible, yet fun horror film. I find myself genuinely curious to find out how Emma kills this haunted circus freak! Does this look like Your kind of film? Or are you, like me, afraid of clowns and will be watching through your fingers in the theater? Let me know your thoughts in a comment or two! Be sure to also follow me over on my Facebook page! [we’re at over 180+ likes – let’s get to 200!] By clicking that “like” button, you’ll see every post from warrenisweird the very moment it’s been “gone live” online; and I also share links to articles and pictures/videos that will not be featured here on the blog. So go follow over there too! Every “like” helps me a ton, giving me the ability to write more posts for you to read, so be sure to tell the horror enthusiast in your life to do the same, and share The Facebook Page with your family and friends!

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[whoops! wrong killer klown!]

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FILM STUDY: Let’s talk about KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE

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It’s no surprise that I have a little something called coulrophobia. I link it all the way back to my childhood when a clown thought of laughing directly in my face, which turned me right away from the very thought of them. Through the magic world of [horror] film, the fear is still present; what with clowns like Pennywise in Stephen King‘s It being the first that comes to mind. Hell, there was even I time that I wrote about some of the clowns in horror that don’t scare me – back when I first started warrenisweird. [read the whole article] One set of “klowns” on this list were from today’s review: Killer Klowns From Outer Space. [yes, that’s with a “k”] The film, generally speaking, is considered a horror; but it’s fairly campy, and a definite cult-classic. Although the klowns are pretty scary, at least to us with coulrophobia, the cheesiness of the film make the klowns special to me.. both in the way that they are portrayed, and the originality of the film as a whole.

The film opens up during the evening in a small town, [which isn’t named] when suddenly, an alien spaceship – which could have been mistaken for a comet – shoots over the night sky. Enter two of the main characters: Mike and Debbie, who happen to be out on their first date, who decide to go and investigate the “comet” they saw fly over their head! It isn’t until they arrive at what appears to be a circus tent, that they discover the ones that came from outer space and are hiding inside.. And those inside just happen to be aliens.. that look exactly like clowns. These “klowns” have come to Earth to secretly kill humans with their circus-themed weapons; everything from “popcorn guns” to a balloon animal dog [on a leash of course] – to smell out the humans! Mike and Debbie, along with a fellow Police Officer, take it upon themselves to stop these KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE, or we’re all doomed to be killed or worse: eaten!

The really fantastic thing about this movie is how original it is, both in plot and death scenes: as I said above, the klowns use circus-like weapons, such as their popcorn guns, or even throwing pies in the people’s faces! [which actually melt the person in question!] Although, with all their sorts of weapons, my favorite scene still stands with the shadow puppet T-Rex eating the people at the bus stop – both for it’s creativity, and knowing that something so simple and innocent can lead to a movie sequence like no other! [as seen below:]

they just don’t make movies like this anymore..

truth be told, Killer Klowns is a fairly difficult movie to do a review on, mainly because of how special of a film it is: It has an insane cult fan-base, which can be proven by trying to find the movie for sale – without ordering it, a ton of toys based on the film, [which tend to be extremely pricey] and because of this fucking awesome shirt! [writer’s note: my birthday is on the 23rd of this month if anyone wants to order it for me!]

Well, it’s a definite given fact that you’ll be met with blank stares and confusion if you try and explain what this film has to offer to anybody who hasn’t seen it before, so do yourself [and others] a favor: pop yourselves a big bucket of popcorn, grab some cotton candy [though, maybe not the cotton candy from the movie..] and sit your friends all down in front of the TV. From there: just sit back, relax and take in the obscurity that is Killer Klowns From Outer Space!

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