CLEAVER: RISE OF THE KILLER CLOWN (2015) Reviews and overview

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‘No more clowning around’

Cleaver: Rise of the Killer Clown is a 2015 British horror film directed by MJ Dixon (Slasher House and sequel; Hollower; Legacy of Thorn) from a screenplay co-written with producer Jason Harlow (Another Evil Night).


The movie stars Andrew M Greenwood (Creepsville; Slasher House), Vicki Glover (KillerSaurus) Stephanie Price, Kate Marie Davies, and Rachel Malone.



1990, Oklahoma: Carlton Layton arrived home to find his wife having sex with another man, he went out to his van and donned the clown suit that he used as a children’s entertainer and proceeded to slaughter his wife and her lover. That night Carlton Layton escaped.

Five years later on Halloween night, Carley, a young college student, is hired to take care of a little girl as her parents head out to a Halloween party, but someone is waiting, someone wants the girl, someone who we know as ‘The Cleaver”…


“What appears at first to be a straightforward coulrophobic slasher turns out to have layers that are revealed in the third act. Not everyone is who we assume they are, or doing what we assume they’re doing. Plus of course there’s plenty of blood, decapitation and screaming. Interestingly, MJ doesn’t feel the need to play too much on Cleaver’s appearance.” Cult films and the people who make them

“Andrew M. Greenwood did an extraordinary job playing Cleaver, and he gave the right amount of creep factor with his persona. The music flowed well with the movie/dialogue, and the actors did a fantastic job with their roles/ characters.” Hell Horror

” …it’s a really strong shocker that’s brilliant in creating atmosphere (with the director’s trademark use of primary colours again pushed to full effect here), tells the story in an engaging way, with well-played, palpable characters at the center of things, and well-placed shocks and grotesquery to properly freak the audience out on top of it.” Search My Trash


“I love the use of the neon reds and greens in the film but it can’t save the weak material. Even Cleaver himself is not menacing enough. He’s just some guy whose wife cheated on him so he committed a crime of passion. It’s nothing truly evil or significant to structure a voracious killer around.” Severed Cinema

” …the main thing that endeared me to Dixon’s films in the first place is his taste for very bold colour schemes, which very much continues here with an overabundance of orange and green lighting, all in-keeping with the Halloween setting. The soundtrack’s also very enjoyable, piling on the old-fashioned spooky synth tones.” Warped Perspective


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