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Bryan Johnson (written by)
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Tagline:
Everybody loves a clown... some more than others.
Plot:
A man who performs as a children's birthday party clown tries to piece his life back together after being gang-raped. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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(8 articles)
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Strange. This is a film that is extremely easy to hate, but to me, I understood what it was going for and appreciated it for that. See more (118 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Brian O'Halloran ... Will Carlson / Flappy / Vulgar (as Brian Christopher O'Halloran)

Bryan Johnson ... Syd Gilbert
Jerry Lewkowitz ... Ed Fanelli

Ethan Suplee ... Frankie Fanelli

Matthew Maher ... Gino Fanelli (as Matt Maher)
Don Gentile ... Sleepy Bum
Thomas W. Leidner ... Large Bum (as Thom Leidner)
Michael Tierney ... Skinny Bum
David Gilbert ... Delinquent #1
Erik Johnson ... Delinquent #2

Scott Schiaffo ... Travis Lee
Darin Johnson ... Boy #1
Brian Hartsgrove ... Boy #2
Aaron Hakeem ... Cop #1
Jamie Schutz ... Cop #2
Susanna Jolly ... Jill
Debra Karr ... Mother (as Debbie Karr)
Ceton Tate ... Ashley
Gertrude Johnson ... Old Lady
Paris Petrick ... Nurse Ratchet
Jay Petrick ... Wilma Carlson

Michael DeNigris ... Sam Mosier
Robert Hawk ... Old Man (as Bob Hawk)
Jill Robertson ... Shongo
Kiven Wiedmyer ... Irate Motorist

Brian Quinn ... Traffic Cop

Kevin Smith ... Martan Ingram

Tim Miller ... Gillian

Walter Flanagan ... Caddy

Scott Mosier ... Scotty
Tobias Carroll ... Toby
Diana Devlin ... Sultry Audience Member
David Klein ... Cinnamon

Melissa Rayworth ... Kelly Fanelli
Deanna Rowe ... Jenny Fanelli
Edgar Johnson ... Diaper Boy
Bob Farley ... Barron
Joe Mullins ... Joe-Joe

Jason Mewes ... Tuott the Basehead

John Sobestanovich ... Beggar (as Soby)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kim Chapman ... Rose Anderson - Pissy Mom in Diner
Zoe Daelman Chlanda ... Sexy mom / fan
Renee West ... Sexy Mom

Jeff Anderson ... Surly Duck (voice) (uncredited)

Chris J. Cullen ... Audience Member (uncredited)

Monica Hampton ... Hot woman sitting at table (uncredited)
Ralph Lambiase ... Clumsy Cop (uncredited)
Sean Marquis ... Dirty Junkie (uncredited)
Chris Parry ... Criminal Clown #3 (uncredited)
Darren Ross ... Neighborhood Kid (uncredited)

Directed by
Bryan Johnson 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Bryan Johnson  written by

Produced by
Monica Hampton .... producer
Scott Mosier .... executive producer
Kevin Smith .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Ryan Shore 
 
Cinematography by
David Klein 
 
Film Editing by
Bryan Johnson 
Scott Mosier 
 
Casting by
Paris Petrick 
 
Production Design by
Lisa Mareiniss  (as Lisa Beth Mareiniss)
 
Costume Design by
Shari Lyn 'Chuck' Hipschman 
 
Makeup Department
Paris Petrick .... key hair stylist
Paris Petrick .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Ian MacGregor .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Adam Hammel .... second assistant director
David Kurman .... second second assistant director
Jamie Schutz .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Christine Ditrio .... poster artist
Douglas Edwards .... assistant property master
Aaron Hakeem .... set dresser
Mike Hansen .... graphic designer
Ralph Lambiase .... storyboard artist
Chad Westphal .... property master
Kyle V. White .... leadman
 
Sound Department
Jennifer Barin .... assistant sound editor
Phil Benson .... dialogue editor
Alfred J. Caragay .... sound recordist (as Jay Caragay)
Melissa Casumbal .... boom operator
Alex Ghershini .... foley artist (as Alex Chersini)
David Glaser .... supervising sound editor
J.R. Grubbs .... sound effects editor
Michael Hansen .... boom operator
Paul Holly .... foley artist
David Kurman .... boom operator
Sean McAuliffe .... foley artist
John Moros .... boom operator
Scott Mosier .... dialogue editor
Tom Myers .... sound designer
Matthew O'Connor .... assistant sound editor
Gene Radzik .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Gary Rizzo .... sound re-recording mixer
Peter Taub .... sound mixer
Kevin Weiss .... boom operator
 
Special Effects by
Ralph Lambiase .... special effects makeup artist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Kevin Boyle .... assistant camera
Matt Gavin .... camera loader
William Hyatt .... dolly grip
Alan Jacobsen .... rigger (as Alan Jacobson)
Paul Kaye .... key grip
David Klein .... camera operator
Delores Lusitarua .... unit photographer (as Dolores Lusitana)
Emily Mackley .... first assistant camera
Sean Marquis .... best boy electric
John Moros .... camera production assistant
Michael 'Rodi' Rodia .... rigger
Bill Scalzitti .... gaffer (as William Scalzitti)
Joshua Solson .... rigger (as Josh Solson)
Erik Swift .... electrician
Peter Vietro-Hannum .... rigger (as Peter Vietro Hannum)
 
Casting Department
Kristen Oliver .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Courtney Grogan .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Alan Scher .... assistant editor
Pete Spataro .... color timer (as Peter Spataro)
 
Music Department
Nancy Allen .... music editor
Ethan Fiks .... musician
Arron Goldberg .... musician (as Aaron Goldberg)
Ron Jackson .... musician
Lawrence Manchester .... score mixer
Lawrence Manchester .... score recordist
Nick Mancini .... musician
Elliot Mason .... musician
Justin Mullens .... musician
Scott Pingel .... musician
Tim Ries .... musician
Andy Sanesi .... musician
Ryan Shore .... orchestrator
Johannes Weidenmuellen .... musician
Martin Wind .... musician
 
Other crew
Tobias Carroll .... key craft service (as Tobias A. Carroll)
Christopher Cram .... production assistant
Chris J. Cullen .... office production assistant (as Chris Cullen)
Liz Finn-Arnold .... script supervisor (as Lizbeth Finn Arnold)
Robin Gold .... production assistant
David Gross .... production assistant
Olof Källström .... workprint conform editor (as Olaf Kallstrom)
Thomas W. Leidner .... location manager (as Thomas Leidner)
Elizabeth Lewis .... production assistant
Steven P. McVey .... production assistant (as Steven McVey)
Dan Milner .... production coordinator
Daniel Milner .... production coordinator
Amanda Nanawa .... script supervisor
Janelle Ashley Nielson .... workprint conform editor
Matt Nycz .... office production assistant
Vincent Pereira .... workprint conform editor
Ganielle Roeser .... assistant location manager
Alan Scher .... assistant production coordinator
Kevin Weiss .... production assistant
 
Thanks
Phil Benson .... thanks
Scott Mosier .... thanks
Gary Rizzo .... thanks
Kevin Smith .... thanks
 

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Additional Details

MPAA:
Rated R for disturbing sexual violence, some shootings and strong language
Runtime:
87 min | Canada:91 min | USA:85 min (edited version)
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Certification:
Canada:R (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:18 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | USA:R
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The film was in production for so long that almost all the locations either no longer exist or have moved.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Near the end, when Ed Fanelli dies of heart failure, we can see him moving and breathing even as Will/Flappy kicks him.See more »
Quotes:
Wilma Carlson:You know what you are, William? A whole lot of nothing.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Mallrats (1995)See more »
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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Strange. This is a film that is extremely easy to hate, but to me, I understood what it was going for and appreciated it for that., 27 May 2006
Author: tonymurphylee from USA

Will Carlson is a birthday clown who is having some troubles. He can't pay the rent, his mom hates him, and everybody gives him a difficult time. He gets the idea of being an adult entertainer party clown. On his first job he is tortured and raped by an insane father and his two sons. He is too embarrassed to call the authorities, so he keeps the entire incident a secret. Some time later, he saves the life of a little girl who is held hostage by her father and becomes famous and gets his own show. Finally, his dream has come true. He gets a call from the family of rapists who had videotaped his performance and tell him to give them a share of his money. He does, but then they also want a repeat reenactment of that fateful night or they will leak the tape to the press. This film doesn't try to be special. It isn't stylized, or done artfully or tastefully. It can be considered many things, but one thing the film can't be criticized for is being pretentious. This is, to put it properly, an old-school exploitation grindhouse style picture. This film is very effective and quite shocking. It certainly is not a film for everybody. It is a hell of an experience. The film is ugly, rough, grainy, and dimly lit. The acting is very intense and the characters are often quite abrasive. The plot of the film is quite realistic to an extent. The rape scenes are pretty horrific and brutal, some of the roughest I've seen in fact. The spends enough time getting us to sympathize and feel sorry for the character of Will Carlson. His roommate(Bryan Johnson, the director of VULGAR) is probably the best character in the film. Ethan Suplee and Matthew Maher are both pretty creepy as the two rapists, Jerry Lewkowitz is quite nasty as the father, and Brian O'Halloran gives a pretty strong performance. In fact, the only serious issue I had with this film is that it tries to be a comedy at times. Ultimately, the attempts at humor come off really poorly. The humor in this film feels out of place and is distracting at times when it shouldn't be. I guess I could call this a black comedy, but the film is actually really disturbing and difficult to watch. Maybe the comedy element was added to make the whole film seem even more wrong. As it is, it's a merciless film and is nasty. If you are a fan of exploitation you will probably love this film. For others, you could probably do with this film.

Pros: -very engaging and moving at times -decent acting -well established dark tone -intense -a guilty pleasure

Cons: -unneeded humor -graphic violence, rape, and sexual torture may be too much for a lot of viewers -bad marketing

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