KILLJOY’S PSYCHO CIRCUS (2016) Reviews and overview

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‘Welcome, my friends. To the show that never ends.’
Killjoy’s Psycho Circus is a 2016 American supernatural horror film written and directed by John Lechago (Feast of Fear; Killjoy Goes to Hell; Blood Gnome) for Full Moon Features.

The movie stars Trent Haaga (Tales of HalloweenStarry Eyes, Psycho Holocaust), Raylin Joy, Maria Olsen, Victoria De Mare (Killjoy series; Aliens vs. Avatars; Werewolf in a Women’s Prison), Rob Vardaro, Victoria Levine (Prom RideDracula: The Impaler), Robin Sydney (Evil Bong series; The Gingerdead Man), Jim Tavaré, Tommy Pistol, Victoria Levine, Alan Maxson, Al Burke, Noel Jason Scott, Lauren Nash, Marc Hawes and Tian Wang.

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The film was partly funded by an Indiegogo campaign – alongside Evil Bong High-5. It premiered on the El Rey Network on October 30 at 10 pm and was released on DVD on October 17, 2017.

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Killjoy, the demon of vengeance, trickster god and killer clown has finally made it to Earth! Along with his gruesome crew Freakshow, Punchy and the sexy/psychotic Batty Boop, Killjoy is free to terrorize mortals in new and excruciating ways.

But two years down the road Killjoy discovers that life on Earth is a drag, filled with inconveniences such as eating, breathing, taxes and immigration issues. His crew has left for other jobs, and Batty Boop has gone her own way after a bitter lover’s quarrel. Not to mention that Killjoy is now semi-mortal!

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Back in Hell, Beelzebub is on trial for letting Killjoy escape. The only way that Beelzebub can redeem himself is to trap Killjoy’s spirit and bring it back in a box. For this mission, he is granted a monumental spaceship capable of destroying entire cities!

Meanwhile, Killjoy has finally settled in, starring in his own web series called Psycho Circus, as well as running a movie and merchandise company with the notorious Hambo the Ranch Hand.

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The challenges of being a producer are nothing compared to the challenges of staying alive after Beelzebub’s assassins appear to kill the demon clown and capture his spirit. Killjoy will have to find a way to reunite his gang of clowns in order to defeat Beelzebub and his minions…

Reviews:
“In the final analysis, Killjoy’s Psycho Circus isn’t quite as good as Killjoy Goes to Hell, but anyone who’s enjoyed the previous Lechago-helmed entries in the series will still get a huge kick out of it and should consider it a must-watch release from Full Moon.” The Charles Band Collection

“Director John Lechago is more concerned with promoting other Full Moon products and linking them as a shared universe than really focusing on turning Psycho Circus into an entertaining horror comedy. Psycho Circus has a paper-thin plot, is slim on likable characters, never really knows what it is, and is just a downright waste of time.” Cinema Crazed

“The movie is only really let-down by the lack of gore & real horror elements. The more bloody moments use terrible CGI & a gun battle with bounty hunters is laughable but not in a good way. This series has plenty of life in it yet but it seems as though horror is not going to be part of that. That is disappointing even if it’s an entertaining & funny watch.” Games, Brrraaains & a Head-Banging Life

“Has so much going on that any accurate description might take pages, yet the maniacal structure is the saving grace. Incredibly ambitious for something shot on the cheap, and has aspirations to please fans of pure lunacy.” 2.5 out of 4 stars, Splatter Critic

” …Killjoy (Trent Haaga) is having a Jake La Motta-esque moment of reflection, as Lechago’s picture quickly hits its stride with a never-ending streak of in-jokes, parody, irony, and existentialism, culminating in Killjoy welcoming Trent Haaga as a guest on his show. “Now, you didn’t actually play Killjoy in the first movie,” ponders the clown, in a moment of meta brilliance that will have you booming ‘Bravo!’ from the comfort of your sofa.” The Schlock Pit

” …manages to surprise the audience with wonderful silliness, plenty of self-irony, topical humour, and a welcome abandonement of formulaic storytelling. That said of course don’t expect a Citizen Kane-like trailblazing film here, just a little flick that ought to play rather well at parties, but that you might also find something to laugh about while sober. Search My Trash

“As much as I didn’t particularly care for Killjoy’s Psycho Circus, it is still far more inventive and imaginative than most modern Full Moon films. It’ll probably please the rabid Killjoy fans who have waited patiently during the four years between sequels, but I don’t see much of anyone beyond that caring much for this one.” 1 out of 4, Silver Emulsion

“You get actor Trent Haaga speaking to himself, as Killjoy, in a meta interview on a quiz show. This is the kind of stuff that makes this installment one of the best so far. It’s extremely niched, though. It’s one inside joke after another, and the actors are brought to the forefront. Now, the writing is messy […] This film is way too complicated.” Tales of Terror

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