Psychological thrillers depict the unstable or delusional psychological states of its characters. They focus on the complex and often tortured relationships between obsessive and pathological characters. In this edition of Trends of Terror, film critic Steve Hutchison reviews 64 psychological thrillers sorted from best to worst. How many have you seen?
No laughing matter...
The film takes many shortcuts when it comes to set design, is poorly lit and doesn’t make a lot of sense, but it succeeds in places where Part 1 failed. The choice of background music hasn’t improved by much, but the actors juggle with a better dialogue. The characters are exposed for half of the running time, a crucial aspect that the original Killjoy neglected.
Scream Queen Debbie Rochon plays a cop and Troma legend Trent Haaga replaces Ángel Vargas as the killer clown the movie title refers to. Femme fatale Tammi Sutton wrote and directed this sequel and she works wonders with a visibly tight budget. The clown would be much scarier if the camera shots were more ominous, but there’s amelioration there as well.
The killer only strikes in the second half, at which point the ambiance changes drastically. The film turns into a funky version of Friday the 13th. Most of it takes place in the woods and we get one slasher trope after another, which is, in my opinion, a far better screenwriting direction than having the evil clown in an alternate dimension; something that didn’t pay off in the original film.