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Clownhouse (1989)

R  |   |  Horror  |  21 April 1990 (Japan)
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Just before Halloween, three young brothers alone in a big house are menaced by three escaped mental patients who have murdered some traveling circus clowns and taken their identities.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nathan Forrest Winters ...
Casey
Brian McHugh ...
Geoffrey
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Randy
Michael Jerome West ...
Lunatic Cheezo (as Tree)
Byron Weible ...
Lunatic Bippo
David C. Reinecker ...
Lunatic Dippo
Timothy Enos ...
Real Cheezo / Georgie
Frank Diamanti ...
Real Bippo / Charlie
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Real Dippo (as Karl Heinz Teuber)
Viletta Skillman ...
Mother
Gloria Belsky ...
Fortune Teller
Tom Mottram ...
Ringmaster
Erika Young ...
Storekeeper
Jasper Watts ...
Storekeeper's Assistant (as Russell Jasper Watts)
Bobby Salem ...
Booth Barker
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Just before Halloween, three kid brothers who are alone in a big house are menaced by three escaped mental patients who have murdered some traveling circus clowns and taken their identities. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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...A circus of the mind. See more »

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21 April 1990 (Japan)  »

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Clown dolofonoi  »

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$200,000 (estimated)
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On the door to one of the older brothers bedroom is a poster for Something in the Basement (1986), the first film/short by Victor Salva, which also starred Nathan Forrest Winters and Brian McHugh. See more »

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After Casey exits, Cheezo gets back to the ring, but when Geoffrey goes after him, Cheezo is still in the audience. See more »

Quotes

Randy: Midnight. A time for something awful. Something evil. Something real, or not? He was too scared to tell. It was that tingly feeling on the back of his neck, that told him, that told him... they, were out there...
Randy: What did they want? Why were they here? To scare him? To kill him? Alone and helpless. Sure, he had his axe, but what would that really bring him? Just more blood...
Randy: He knew they would find him. All of them. Their faces, like painted nightmares... Sure as anything real, they would find...
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Before the credits role: No man can hide from his fears; as they are a part of him, they will always know where he is hiding. See more »

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" There is nothing in the dark, but the fear you put there "
15 April 2010 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Childhood fears belong to anyone who has grown up frightened by shapes, shadows or stories. Most of us have outgrown those fears. In our adult lives, we have discovered that reality of life is so much more terrifying. However, despite our courage and our rational explanations for the myths, monsters and things that go Bump in the night, there always remains that tiny voice which give credence to our doubts. But then our own powers kick in with the knowledge that 'only the fearful can know the true value of courage.' That is so true in this film called " Clownhouse. " Three boys, indeed brothers, Randy (Sammy Rockwell), Geoffrey (Brian McHugh) and Casey Collins (Nathan Winters)are growing up with the usual baggage accrued when raised together. When they become aware of their all too real peril, must put away their squabbling, bickering and petty animosities to deal with actual fears. Three violent, mentally deranged escape inmates from a Mental Insane asylum escape, murder some clowns, assume their identities. When the boys are left alone by their parents, they encounter these murderous fiends and realize they are like black phantoms out to kill them. Despite Randy's superficial bravado and Geoffery's convincing mental prowess, the audience soon realizes, it's Casey who has the greatest fear of all, due to his adolescent fear of Clowns. Famed for his other slasher films of the past, writer/director, Victor Salva establishes groundbreaking techniques with this offering. With a haunting theme work by Michael Becker, this movie holds itself together with suspense and drama. The three young actors do a fine job in their own right. So much so, it's safe to predict this film will become a Classic. ****


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