Clownado – USA, 2019 – reviews

‘It’s about to get twisted’

Clownado is a 2019 American horror feature film written, produced and directed by Todd Sheets (Bonehill Road; Dreaming Purple Neon; House of Forbidden Secrets; Zombie Bloodbath; Goblin; et al). The movie stars Linnea Quigley, Julie Anne Prescott and Eileen Dietz.

Todd Sheets explained the project: “The goal with Clownado is to make a damned good, scary and splatter-filled, nonstop roller coaster ride of a horror movie. It’s something new, fresh, original and unique but also familiar. Using only Practical Special Makeup Effects and old school styled Visual Effects, Clownado has the vibe of Classic Horror movies we love. Think Evil Dead, Dead Alive, Bad Taste and Texas Chainsaw Massacre if Lucio Fulci was directing, all mixed in a swirling storm of insanity.

Now add in scary supernatural clowns and the cinematic visual style known as Film Noir. – intense composition with shadow and light. – and a bit of that incredible John Carpenter suspense (John was also influenced by Noir classics). – and you have an ambitious, over the top gorefest epic!. Don’t judge a book by it’s cover – This is certainly no comedy.”

Reviews [click links to read more]:

Right to the point: Clownado is horrible. Film names are not always a premonition of how good/bad the actual movie will be (Clowntergeist, for example, was fun!) but in this instance, the title should have shouted out loud: “Do not watch!”

Big Ronnie is a clown and traveling circus owner with a foul-mouthed wife (Savanna) who is planning to rip him off and run away with her boyfriend, Cash. But Savanna is not the evil one. Ronnie has an evil streak and murderous intention that leads him and his clown flunkies to be cursed through a spell that sweeps them into various parts of town via tornadoes. Yes, it’s that stupid.

Savanna manages to break free from Ronnie’s torturous clutches, she teams up with a hillbilly, a stripper, a black Elvis impersonator and a teen who escapes from stranger danger. No need to get involved in their histories as everyone in Clownado is not only expendable… they are happily disposable… especially to the viewer!

Through continuous gore and heartless antics, the murders are beyond bloody. Normally, this is never a fault for any pure horror fan, however, by the fifth victim being ripped open with guts being yanked out, it becomes nonsensical and it’s merely overkill. Yes, pun intended.

As the characters begin to enter the paranormal realm of obliterating the tornado, the plot gets worse. Simply because the presence of new characters along the way have nothing to add and only complicate an already weird situation.

The overacting, strange nudity and incessant horse-neighing laugh from Ronnie are enough to drive anyone to jump head-first into the next passing tornado. Clownado is exactly as it sounds… bizarrely bad.

Meredith Brown, MOVIES & MANIA

Other reviews:

” …this one’s got bottom-of-the-barrel everything, from acting to dialogue to camerawork to direction to pacing to editing, you name it. There’s a yen toward gore, ‘cause the filmmakers are apparently twelve, but this is done so unevenly that I wonder what’s even going on with them […] Everything that happens on screen is painfully obnoxious…” Read more: Allusions of Grandeur

“The supernatural story provides an excellent base and the epic effects and score are a feast for the eyes and the ears. Then add in the cast who are more than just shy bystanders portraying memorable  characters, no doubt offending the PC brigade in certain scenes…” Read more: The B Club

” …there’s no humor, no real guffaws to balance out the gore. Nobody will ever argue that the ‘source’ material for Sheet’s movie — the Sharknado films — were works of cinematic art. But they were funny and fun to watch. Without any levity — intentional or unintentional — Clownado fails to rise above being just a slick title for a substandard movie.” Read more: Gruesome magazine

“This is actually a beautifully shot film overall, and Sheets gets some great angles and frame-work (especially when he combines the two), and the story never drags. There are some questionable actions taken by the characters to add time to the story, but these nasty clowns are entertaining as hell, and the fodder characters are fun as well and keep the viewer interested.” Read more: Indie Horror Films

“It’s gory, often pretty funny and occasionally shocking but so too is it freakishly creative and, considering its budget, surprisingly polished. There’s no shortage of entertainment value to be had with this one, it’s pretty crazy stuff.” Read more: Rock! Shock! Pop!

“Faces are peeled off, bowels are disemboweled, and heads are torn off in graphic detail. And that’s just scratching the surface, this is a major gorefest. Take that as a recommendation or warning as you will. The storm effects are a bit of a mixed bag, however.” Read more: Voices from the Balcony

Release:

Wild Eye Releasing unleashed Clownado on VOD on September 3 and DVD on September 17, 2019.

Main cast and characters:

  • John O’Hara … Big Ronnie
  • Rachel Lagen … Savanna Dane
  • Bobby Westrick … Hunter Fidelis
  • Antwoine Steele … Dion Livingston
  • Dilynn Fawn Harvey … Bambi Fawn Taylor
  • Sierra Stodden … Rachel Carpenter
  • Linnea Quigley … Spider
  • Eileen Dietz … Christine
  • Joel D. Wynkoop … Memphis ‘Hurricance’ Hawk
  • Jeanne Silver … Autumn Moonspell
  • Jeremy Todd … Chris
  • Millie Milan … Molly
  • Cayt Feinics … Satchel the Clown
  • Douglas Epps … Nic Stone
  • Nate Karny Cole … Chuckles
  • Micah Dillinger … Wizzo the Clown
  • John Meacham … Diner Patron / Victim
  • Skyler Roberts … Circus Crowd
  • Jack McCord … Sheriff Morgan
  • Sheila Brandon Allen … Alice
  • Eric Danger Dionne … Boppo the Clown

Technical details:

100 minutes

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