Subgenres of Terror, 2nd Edition: Found Footage Films

Included in this book are 64 reviews of horror and horror-adjacent found footage films.

Found footage is a film subgenre in which all or a substantial part of the work is presented as if it were discovered film or video recordings.

Each book in the second edition of the Subgenres of Terror collection contains a thematic watchlist in which movies are sorted in order of preference.

Klown Kamp Massacre

A murderer decimates the new members of a club for clowns.
Slapstick Gore
So Bad It's Good

 

United States
2010
Feature Film
Realism: 
Plausible
4
It’s not a costume. It’s a way of life.
5.04
3.04
4
4
1
4
2
Ambiance
Plot
Effects
Nothing spells fun quite like Klown Kamp Massacre, which obviously borrows its title from Killer Klowns from Outer Space. This is the kind of horror movie that references much better ones, except that no one aware of the homages gives a fuck. No one’s laughing at this. We’ve seen this stuff before. We’re busy laughing at how bad this movie is, but at least we’re laughing.
If you want clowns and gore, clowns and gore you’re going to get. Buried underneath all this clown exposition is a slapstick comedy slasher. Perhaps you have a clown fetish, and there’s a little bit of that, too. If there’s one thing I learned about clowns from this movie, it’s that they like to fuck and they like to kill, which is probably why children hate them so much.
The script doesn’t tell a very cohesive story. I wondered, at more than one occasion, just what the hell I was watching. The editing is confusing. Continuity is problematic. The script is convoluted and immature. The effects aren’t too shabby, though. Klown Kamp Massacre is a mishmash of cool scenes that don’t necessarily blend well. Watch this if you really, really like clowns.
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Clowns & Horror

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