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Clownhouse (1989)

R | | Horror | 1 June 1989 (USA)
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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Michael Jerome West ...
Lunatic Cheezo (as Tree)
Byron Weible ...
David C. Reinecker ...
Timothy Enos ...
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Frank Diamanti ...
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Viletta Skillman ...
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Tom Mottram ...
Ringmaster
Erika Young ...
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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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It was discovered that director Victor Salva had been molesting the film's 12-year-old star, Nathan Forrest Winters, during production. See more »

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The film supposedly takes place a few weeks before Halloween, yet the calendar in the mom and pop store is set to May. See more »

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Randy: [Taunting his brother] I bet you want someone to hold your hand
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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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Very Very Creepy Indeed
2 August 2002 | by See all my reviews

Clownhouse was a film that gave me the creeps. I was in my mid-20's when I watched it and it spooked me.

Clowns are horrible things when you think about it. I could never trust a clown so when you consider it, this film had a good premise and despite the lack of blood and gore, it is a very good film relying more on chills and thrills rather than blood and gore.

Some lunatics escape from an asylum and dress up as clowns. One night, three lads are in the house on their own...and you can guess the rest.

I won't spoil any bits but there are some truly creepy scenes. I'd love to tell you them but it would spoil it.

All in all, Clownhouse is a very effective chiller. And I don't believe it is an exaggeration to call it a chiller.


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