BIG TOP EVIL (2019) Reviews and overview


‘Three rings of hell!’

Big Top Evil is a 2019 American horror feature film about five disparate youths, on a road trip to the location of the infamous ‘mangrove slasher,’ who end up being pursued by a cadre of cannibal clowns.

Directed by Sean Haitz (short: Mangrove Slasher 2) and  Chris Potter from a screenplay written by Haitz and John Morrisey, the movie stars Bill Moseley, J. LaRose, Jisaura Cardinale and Austin Judd.


“What makes Big Top Evil work, though, is the time the directors take to give the lead characters enough personality to make them more than just the next victim. Haitz, stepping in front of the camera, is effective as the guy narrating the terror he and his buddies go through, and Jisaura Cardinale does a nice job playing off him in both the early scenes…” Read more: Gruesome Magazine

“While the film is not perfect, any issues with the movie has more to do with the limitations and challenges of low budget indie filmmaking than with the talent of the writer and director. This leads me wanting to see what Sean Haitz could do with a larger budget. Big Top Evil surpasses other clown-themed indie horror films in both story and quality.” Read more: Horror n Kill

“… a lot of effort was put into producing this movie. I have to note the production designer and location manager for nabbing and creating the dozens of locations used in Big Top Evil. What this film lacks in polish and refinement, it more than makes up for in heart, creepiness and love of the genre.” Read more: Horror Society

Big Top Evil had its moments. Some were great while others fell to the floor. The film is heavy on gore and provides practical effects that will make any horror fan cringe. I was mostly disgusted and grossed out through the entire movie, right up until the climatic clown chase […] The film’s shining light comes through horror veteran actor Bill Moseley.” Read more: Pop Horror

Big Top Evil is another wonderful film meshing clowns and horror but adds the likes of films such as 2001 Maniacs and Natural Born Killers, with a smooth-running 81-minute runtime full of gore, scares, and a few twists here and there.” Read more: World Film Geek

Choice dialogue:

“It’s like a bad B horror movie. That’s why my attorney wouldn’t use it in my trial.”


Big Top Evil has been unleashed on Blu-ray by Gravitas Ventures, VOD via the usual platforms, plus Redbox.

Cast and characters:

  • Bill Moseley … Mr Kharver
  • J. LaRose … Roadside Jack
  • Jisaura Cardinale … Casey
  • Austin Judd … Candy (as Austin Graham)
  • Steve Warren … Lesser Clown
  • Sean Haitz … Jay / Lesser Clown
  • Cameron S. Farmer … Cannibal Clown 1
  • Shawn Genther … Lesser Clown / Drunk
  • Aurelia Wallenda … Circus Performer
  • Sarah Huffine … Intro Victim
  • Sharon Carole … Lesser Clown
  • Morgan Ferreira … Donny
  • Rick Gomis … Dude #1
  • Greg Reynolds … Knife Face / Lesser Clown
  • Rick Svec … Mangrove Slasher / Hillbilly Clown

Technical details

81 minutes

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