A lot of “clowning” around going on here…
Klown Kamp Massacre (2010)
Directed By: Philip Gunn and David Valdez
Where to get it: CAV
Well, someone must have sent for the clowns..or should I say “Klowns” with a K, since that’s how it’s spelled here with, Klown Kamp Massacre. Which is another arrival from the land of Troma (of course!). This time we are going to dive into a strange world where everyone is a clown, or wants to be one. But the one person who wanted it the most was denied this glorious accomplishment so he’s on a rampage! And you just haven’t lived until you’ve seen a clown on a rampage! It’s a corny but fun ride from the get-go with this. So let’s dive right smack into, Klown Kamp Massacre!!
Fifteen years ago, Edwin went to clown camp to fulfill his lifelong dream of bringing laughter to the world… but nobody laughed. Humiliated on graduation night, Edwin viciously murdered the entire camp before vanishing into legend. Now, despite the warnings of the town drunk, old man Bonzo has reopened the ranch and a new class of clowns have unwittingly signed up. When their die-hard instructor Sgt. Funnybone (Miguel Martinez, The Donor Conspiracy) is found dead in a puddle of cream pie and blood, the curriculum changes from comedy to survival! Edwin slashes, stabs, strangles, and disembowels the clowns while laughing insanely at his own bad jokes.
Klown Kamp Massacre, is a bit of a parody of slashers in way. Being way over the top in it’s own right, an act that’s best when it’s over the top in the gore department. But the main film that seems to get a lot of homages here is, Friday the 13th. And trust me when I tell you that they are not subtle, not in the least. They are easy to spot, and maybe they do that a tad bit too much, but what more could you expect from a company that calls it’s self “Death Curse”? However, even with all the Friday the 13th stuff going on, you just can’t find it in your heart to hate this thing, or to really be that negative about it because when you watch a movie dealing with clowns you just seem to be more forgiving. But, let me call a spade and spade and admit that this film does have some cool original stuff of it’s own as well.
This isn’t the type of film that you need to worry about taking too seriously. It still manages to have a few very likable characters (for clowns), and has some honest to goodness truly funny moments. Also, I was a major fan of the gore that the film brings to the table. Very little CGI is used, and they make each kill amusing and creative. And Friday the 13th parody antics aside, it does make time to give us it’s own plot and it’s not a bad one at all given the material we are working with here. It’s sets a nice table character problems and follows through very well, even having some suspense until the last few minutes of the movie. It’s at that time when the movie does a thing or two that really does kinda urke me a bit..
Now, I won’t spoil anything. And some may feel that when you are dealing with clowns it’s all good and far when it comes to going wild with them, but I didn’t like the movie’s big twist ending. Yeah, our cast is clowns and this is put out by Troma, but I think the shark jumping there was a little too much..But, that could just be me? Outside of that, I liked it. Heck, it’s a film I’d watch again and that says a lot for me. I’d even show it to my friends, and I’m betting they’d enjoy it. So it’s a little goofy, but it’s also a lot of fun. And the world does in fact need a lot of new slashers that are fun. So if that’s what you are looking for, this one should hit the spot.
If you are looking for some interesting clown characters, blood, and a good time, I think you’ve found your movie here. It does get a little crazy here and there, and perhaps a little too goofy in spots (like the ending), but it’s well worth checking out. Probably the best clown slasher I’ve seen..And, I know this may be the only clown slasher I’ve seen, but work with me here people! It’s fun, so give it a chance.
The Rating (6.5/10)
And I know this movie isn’t using this cover here anymore, but can we get some love for the old cover? And I bet you can tell what they are paying tribute here with it..