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REVIEW: Clowntergeist

– By LastBoneStands

There is certainly no shortage of scary clowns to choose from in horror films. There is something for every taste. From the campy to creepy, humorous to horrifying, scary clown movies cover all bases. As with many sub-genres, there seem to be just as many stinkers as there are winners.

With the name Clowntergeist, one could be forgiven for assuming this fell into the former category. Don’t let the name fool you, Clowntergeist is a fun way to spend 75 minutes. Honestly, the worst thing about this film is the name.

The film centers on Emma, a college student that decides to stay in town over Summer break to work at the local ice cream shop and save some money. We find out rather early on that Emma has coulrophobia, or a fear of clowns, based on her reaction to a clown t-shirt her ex-housemate left behind.

While working her shift at the ice cream shop, Emma and her friends find out that there is a hunt in the area after a local girl was found brutally murdered. While excited at first, Emma soon realizes that she is the next victim and that she was chosen because of her fear.

The name of this film might lead some to believe that this film is about a haunted circus or a lame clown ghost. This is much more than that and has nothing at all to do with a circus or carnival or any such nonsense. The clown in this film is dubbed “Ribcage” based on his method of tearing open his victims before consuming them. Well…he looks like a clown anyway…

Clowntergeist is filled with great ideas and some good old fashioned creeps, with a few twists and turns along the way. The opening scene really sets the tone, and provides a backdrop for the rest of the film. Ignoring this film based on the name would be doing this film, and yourself, a disservice.

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