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
Frank Diamanti ...
Real Bippo
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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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$200,000 (estimated)
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Sam Rockwell's film debut. See more »

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(at around 19 mins) When Geoffrey comes out of the Clown Show tent to look for Casey, you can see the shadow of the camera. See more »

Quotes

Fortune Teller: Beware, beware, in the darkest of dark. Though the mind is young, and the hearts are strong, precious life, cannot be long, when darkest death, has left its mark...
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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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Creepy & Fun! One of the better 80's horror movies
15 December 2004 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

I stated this in my "Jeepers Creepers" reviews, but it definitely also counts for this "Clownhouse": Victor Salva knows what frightens people! All the felonies that brought him in the news are not really my business. My only interest goes out to his directing skills and I can safely say he's one of the few directors out there that approach the genre with the right attitude. "Clownhouse" was a remarkable debut, mainly depending on atmosphere and suspense rather than on gruesome butchering. The plot handles about 3 escaped lunatics terrorizing 3 siblings in their house when they're home alone around the Halloween season. One of the brothers – the youngest – suffers from a severe clown-phobia and, since the madmen are all dressed up as clowns (they killed the clowns of a traveling circus), it will be one spooky fight for survival.

Salva uses some clever camera angles and a ghastly soundtrack in order to increase the tension and this works perfectly. Also, the costumes and clown-grimaces are efficiently creepy…even better than Pennywise, still the prototype of clown-terror. The petrifying portrayal of the clowns will unquestionably cause some viewers to develop phobias, too. The acting performances are overall decent. Adolescent Sam Rockwell, who's very popular nowadays, plays the oldest of the three brothers. It's always intriguing to see successful actors in their earliest roles. Well, what are you waiting for?!? Send in the clowns!


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