I hope you like cheese. This book is full of it. In this edition of Trends of Terror, film critic Steve Hutchison reviews 150 horror and horror-adjacent movies so bad they’re good, sorted from best to worst. How many have you seen?
Nothing but fun!
Amusement is one of the best horror anthology movies to feature plausible content exclusively. The wrap around story is smart. It blends gradually and seamlessly. A few screenwriters have attempted this in recent years but rarely with so much tact and such good pacing. Amusement was directed by someone who definitely knows what he’s doing and was written just as brilliantly.
There are three segments, here. The first is about a couple on a road trip who accept to travel in a convoy and soon regret their choice. The second is about a babysitter who is terrorized by a human-size clown doll that may be alive. The last one tells the story of a couple who go looking for their missing friend inside a hotel whose owner they find suspicious.
The killer, AKA “The Laugh”, is played by an unrecognizable Keir O’Donnell, who proved to be a true chameleon. He is unidentifiable, even in plain sight. He sometimes wears prosthetics or is otherwise filmed in a way to partially conceal his face. This is a visual challenge whose success is hard to predict on paper, so the film deserves to be praised for it.