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Clown Kill

Locked in an office building with a sadistic clown, some employees must work together to survive the night.
Slapstick Gore

 

United Kingdom
2014
Feature Film
Realism: 
Plausible
Clown: 
Buffoon
2
Don't make me laugh...
4
2
3.04
2
1
3
2
Effects
Photography
Dialog
Overlit, disjointed, echo, badly framed, and poorly scored, Clown Kill makes a bad impression from the get-go. After all, anyone can make a horror movie about an evil clown, right? Characters are unnecessarily hostile toward each other, and some come with baggage. A movie like this one should be fun. We don’t need this drama and we certainly don’t need ugly crying in the first act.
The office talk gets boring quickly. With this kind of exposition, you don’t get to know the characters. You hope they die, and you hope it comes with one-liners. Well, it takes forty minutes to get something like that. But the clown has no gravitas. Weak camera work doesn’t help. The film should be darker photographically, and not so much thematically. I wanted to like this film and didn’t.
I don’t have good things to say about this one, mainly because it sucks at the few things it set out to do. It won’t make you laugh, and it won’t scare you. There’s way too much dialogue and it’s never interesting whatsoever. It doesn’t bring anything new to the subgenre. Once it gets going, it’s one cliché after another. Clown Kill is boring and anticlimactic.
Alternate Titles: 
Lock In
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