Circus of the Dead (2014) (DVD Review)
Directed By: Billy “Bloody Bill” Pon
Starring: Bill Oberst Jr., Parrish Randall, Chanel Ryan
Rated: UR/Region: 0/Widescreen/Number of disc: 1
Available From circusofthedeadmovie.com
Family man Don’s visit to an old, run down Big Top circus and chance encounter with a nihilistic group of clowns leaves him fighting for his life and the lives of those he loves. As Don becomes drawn deeper into lead clown Papa Corn’s games, he comes closer to the edge of reason and sanity. Armed with guns, knives, and a ’68 Camaro, the clowns lead Don on an all-night crime spree through oil soaked West Texas. Papa Corn’s wild ride brings blood, gore, and mayhem to all he encounters.
Billy Pon’s Circus of the Dead was a movie I had been waiting on for a while now and I’m to see it finally come out on both DVD and Blu-ray. Anyone who had seen Pon’s short film, Dollboy, knows what the man can do and he brings that times ten to the screen in this full-length effort. To sum things up without spoiling anything, we have a group of crazy clowns lead by a character named Papa Corn. Papa is played by the always great and always drooling Bill Oberst Jr. The clowns come to town and a family man named Donald catches Papa’s eye and is then taken away by the group of killer clowns but not before a lot of mayhem and craziness happens before. Of course, we have even more crazy stuff to follow as we are never sure just what these clowns are going to do next. Bill Oberst Jr played Papa Corn to a point that he like a live action mad dog. Calm but sadistic one minute and drooling at the mouth while saying and doing horrible things the next. While I’m sure you’ll enjoy Circus of the Dead in general, Bill steals the show and makes this movie his here. Papa Corn is a character, to say the least, and he might be the best one we’ve seen from Bill yet. I really wish someone on the case hadn’t already compared this film to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre because I got that same vibe and now it just feels like I’m repeating what’s already been said. But rest a sure, anything you hear about this one feeling like the O.G. Texas Chainsaw is very true.
All in all, director Billy Pon paints a very bloody and shock filled picture with this movie. This is a film that shows just what an indie horror film can be and do with enough heart and story packed into it. This is a movie that won’t be the faint of heart due to some of the stuff that takes place in it, but anyone who’s a big horror fan and loves to see blood, guts, and shock value will be happy with what greets them at this circus. The plot here takes a few turns and when we finally reach our peak I think it is a rewarding finish. I don’t want to give anything away, but this is a movie that you just never are sure how things are going to end. A lot of times solid indie horror films will seem to just fall apart before the big finish but this is a movie that holds the wheels on the road and slides into becoming one of the better films I’ve seen so far this year. If you’ve been waiting for this one like I have and are just now going to get around to see it, rest a sure it is very much worth the wait.
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