‘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 travelling 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, an exotic dancer, 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 shedding of clothes 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 and MANIA
” …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…” 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…” 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.” Gruesome magazine
“It’s got gallons of blood and guts, but it also has great one-liners, boobs with teeth, and a demonic dwarf clown clawing its way out of a corpse. It’s got feminism (what else would you call a group of women ripping the head off of an evil clown with their bare hands?). And it has genuinely likeable characters…” Horrorscreams Videovault
“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.” 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.” Rock! Shock! Pop!
“While lacking the constant suspense and scares of Bonehill Road or House of Forbidden Secrets, Clownado is an enjoyable, blood-soaked love letter to the genre. It’s nice to see Todd try something a bit different and have some fun.” Voices from the Balcony
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 ‘Hurricane’ 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