Written by: Tim Nordstedt.

Does anyone remember the movie ”Clownhouse” that got released in 1989? It was rumoured to be a pretty good scary classic flick with psychotic clowns that liked to terrorize and kill people. I didn´t grow up with that movie so I have no nostalgic connections to it in any way, which considering me would be a legit factor to like it because when I saw it for a few years ago I was greatly dissapointed. It was sloppy, ridiculous in the wrong way and had no tension or anything remotely scary in it

Now what does this have to do with Circus of the Dead? well I actually expected something more like this but a little bit less in the crazy department, but ofcourse I never have a tendency to complain when there is some overlapping insanity in movies.

As soon as the movie starts we get in touch with our jolly, colourfull gang and their little shenanigans. After we see them indulging with a hobby that involves homemade surgery and transplants, which I have to admit that they are pretty creative at and they might even have invented a couple usefull things for perverted people, but anyway after that great opening we get in contact with the middle age man Donald Johnson, his wife Tiffany and their children Alyssa and Hillary, and conviniently they’re going to the circus so we can pretty much guess where it all goes from here.

Then comes one of the weirdest clown performance I ever seen, as far as I know clowns never promoted policebrutality when I was a child, they were juggling, looking like a reincarnated sugarrush with xtc but things do change and I haven´t been to the circus for multiple years so I have no idea what´s going on in the circus nowadays.

With the help of their show ,a bit of finesse, a mix of nutty rantings and sweet talk from Papa Corn they get to know the Johnsons adress and sets out to have themselves a little more intriguing show. When the gang have had their little bit of fun they decide to take Donald out to see what he is capable of, in their adventurous roadtrip filled with violence, bloodshed, torture, humiliation and perversion Donald is forced to make choices and pesevere events he never expected to endure.

Circus of the Dead is a gruesome but still a funny movie, even though chocking things occur it always seems to throw in some bizarre humorous angle and props in the whole thing so it´s hard to take it seriosly, and I´m pretty sure that it was made that way with purpose. If I would compare this to two all too well known movies made from the same guy, just to make you get hold of how I percieved this movie it would be Devils Reject in the sense of it being a terrormovie with a couple of psychos going after people for no real reason and just torture them or kill them quickly if it´s needed, then add a portion of House of 1000 Corpses when it comes to the extra comic psychotic bit, goofiness, the creative operations and the props that easily could have been taken from a Frank Henenlotter movie. It´s like a brutal movie that doesn´t take itself all too serious even if it actually have more disturbing stuff than many other films in the same genre it sometimes delivers them with a softer edge as the realistic aspect of their actions aren´t included but I really liked it anyway.

The exaggerated goofy parts blended in pretty well and didn´t destroy anything for my viewing, it just gave me a big childish smile as it was so over the top as I said it´s not meant to be taken serious, well not all the time anyway, and in times when it starts to get serious I´m sad to say that the victims behaved really awkward, no struggles just stiff and calculated for whats coming, yet again the realistic aspect dissappeared and you couldn´t take it serious, if those scenes had packed a punch it would be a different story. So if you like your humiliation, gore, bloodshed and other extreme acts with a touch of fun then this is for you, I really did enjoy this movie and I hope that thoughts of a sequel is already set in motion!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Directed by:
 Billy 'Bloody Bill' Pon

Written by: Lee Ankrum, Billy 'Bloody Bill' Pon
Produced by: Aaron Ray Ballard, Barry Christopher, Melissa Land, Billy 'Bloody Bill' Pon
Cinematography by: Gaeb Ramirez
Editing by: Billy 'Bloody Bill' Pon
Special Effects by: Matthew Ash, Heather Buckley, Marcus Koch, Ryan Clapp, Billy Pon
Music by: Lauren Comele Morris
Cast:Bill Oberst Jr, Parrish Randall, Chanel Ryan, Roger Edwards, Brad Potts, Tiffani Fest, Ryan Clapp, Rusty Edwards, Mike Williams, Jed Duesler, Travis Steele, Steve Brooks, Jordan Bell, Madi Lane, Kyle Mueller, Sergio Gracida, David Chacon, Roy Shuck, Nictoria Strong, Chris Duesler, Eric Juarez, Adri Millan, C.B. Barbee.
Year: 2014
Country: USA
Language: English 
Color: Color
Runtime: 1h 42min

Distributor: Bloody Bill Productions