No laughing matter...
These days, everyone wants to make a creepy clown movie, but it’s harder than it sounds, because clowns are very vague archetypes. Hell, we’re not even sure why they scare us and how they spend their free time. Perhaps the key, here, is that, like Santa Claus, clowns used to scare us, but they’re not exactly threatening, anymore, unless they’re wielding an axe or casting magic spells.
Ribcage is a magician of sorts. The creators borrowed a lot from Stephen King’s It, but this clown is no Pennywise. Ribcage’s M.O. is connected to urban legends and reminds us of countless horror movies. So, there you have it: It and Urban Legend combined into one very low budget film. There is a countdown, too, every so often, that foreshadows a certain “attack”. How mysterious…
Shooting the clown in broad daylight was about the worst possible move. It doesn’t work. It sucks all the gravitas out of the character. Also, I just love watching people discuss the technicalities of what exactly makes a clown evil. It’s ludicrous. This movie needed a script doctor; someone who could’ve predicted all the thing that wouldn’t translate well. Clowntergeist hits and misses.