Everyone loves clowns, right?
You can never have too many clowns, right? RIGHT?
Who’s kidding who – everyone is AFRAID of clowns!
Forget that clowns are supposed to bring smiles to the faces of children of all ages…in movies, Clowns have gone BAD…
Clowns have become the bad guy in many movies, from The Joker in “The Dark Knight” to this guy from Stephen King’s “It”…
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Or we can continue down the road to clownville
And it gets WORSE:
That’s right, the clowns are hitting the bottle…time to celebrate clowns in film!
Killer Klowns from Outer Space!
What a camp classic! Check out the trailer!
When a small town is invaded by aliens from outer space who are capturing and killing the townspeople, no one takes them seriously. Why? The aliens all look like circus clowns, use weapons that look clown like, and all have painted on smiles.
Only a few of the young people in the town realize the danger and of course no one believes them. Armed with an ice cream truck they try and rescue their friends.
How can you argue with dialogue like this:
Debbie Stone: “We were up at “the top of the world” and we saw this shooting star and we decided to go look for it. But instead of finding the shooting star we saw this… this circus tent. And that’s when we went inside, and that is when we saw those people in those… those pink, cotton candy cocoons. Dave, it was not a circus tent. It was something else.”
Dave Hanson: “What? What?”
Mike Tobacco: “It was a space ship. And there was these things, these killer clowns, and they shot popcorn at us! We barely got away!”
Curtis Mooney: “Killer clowns, from outer space. Holy shit!”
And it’s got Dean Wormer from “Animal House!”
Campy, fun and timeless, and these clowns still look like Klowns you don’t want to wake up to!
“Killer Klowns From Outer Space” is regarded as a cult classic for campy clown films. But this next clown isn’t campy AT ALL:
It: “I’m every nightmare you’ve ever had. I’m your worst dream come true. I’m everything you ever were afraid of.”
Stephen King’s “It!”
There have been many great Stephen King movie adaptations: everything from “Carrie” to “The Shining”, and a whole bunch in between…
But none have stayed in the zeitgeist the way this one has…and it’s all because of this guy:
In 1960, a group of social outcasts who are bullied by a gang of greasers lead by Henry Bowers are also tormented by an evil demon who can shapeshift into a clown and feed on children’s fears and kill them. He is known as Pennywise…
After defeating the demonic clown as kids, it resurfaces 30 years later and they must finish it off as adults once again. Of COURSE they do!
Tim Curry IS Pennywise!
Tim Curry, best known for his iconic role in “The Rocky Horror Show”, steals this show as well…check out the trailer…
It: “Let go. Be afraid. You all taste so much better when you’re afraid.”
On the DVD commentary track, the actors note that Tim Curry’s characterization of Pennywise was so creepy and realistic that everyone avoided him during the filming.
Tim Curry was reluctant to take the role of Pennywise initially because he didn’t relish the thought of being buried under so much makeup. When he played Darkness in Legend, it was a difficult and demanding role, and the hours in makeup was still fresh in his mind. To compromise, Tommy Lee Wallace minimized the amount of makeup on Curry, and a lot wasn’t necessary anyway because Curry’s performance was so strong.
Everyone I ask goes right to Tim Curry’s performance in “It” as one of the most unsettling they have seen…
Now it’s time to movie from “unsettling” to “unsteady…”
Shakes The Clown
It’s time to celebrate the “Citizen Kane” of clown movies! This twisted cult classic is from Bobcat Goldthwait…check out the trailer…
How can you argue with a movie that delves into the difficulty in being a clown? Meet Shakes, a clown who plods about his duties as party clown, and uses all of his free time getting seriously drunk.
Binky, another clown, wins the spot on a local kiddie show, which depresses Shakes even more, and his boss threatens him with unemployment if he can’t get his act under control.
When someone murders Shakes’ boss and makes it look like Shakes did it, he goes undercover, posing as a hated mime, and tries to find information that will clear his name.
Owen Cheese: You clowns are on dope!
Binky the Clown: You didn’t see nothing old man. We’re just five happy party clowns, sitting down to a plate of beef. White- powdery- beef.
As you can see, ALL of these clowns are fighting some very personal demons…
Drink Up, Clown!
Things go from drunk to worse, culminating in this dramatic scene where Binky gets a dressing down from Judy, defending our hero Shakes The Clown…
Judy: Listen, Binky – Shakes may be alcoholic… and a bad lay… but he’s not a murderer!
As they say, with friends like these…
And then Binky REALLY lays it on…
Binky the Clown: [shouts] Not a murderer? How can you say he’s not a murderer? He took one of his own juggling pins and smashed in Mr. Cheese’s head with the fucking thing! Again and again and again, just hitting and hitting – and the head bursting and splattering underneath. And Boots and Hoho could’ve stopped me, but they didn’t stop me!
Needless to say, “Shakes The Clown” is a dark, twisted piece of satire – hilarious and as unsteady as Shakes!
Once again, “Clowns Welcome!”