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Seven teenagers are stalked by a murderous clown while refurbishing an old opera house.

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After Kate's friend Monica invites her to help clean up an old opera house where her mother was killed in a play she starred in, she is skeptical. But when the doors suddenly get locked from the outside, she has good reason to be. She starts having visions of her dead mother getting killed down in the basement and everyone starts to see a mysterious clown. When people start dying they decide that they have to get out quick. When the clock hits twelve, someone wants her to be in the final scene with them. Written by Kyle <Kyleshivers@aol.com>

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Competent, simple Clown Slasher film; Nothing special but decently directed...
20 October 2013 | by (Sunny Southern California, USA) – See all my reviews

Firstly, I was quite surprised that this was made as recently as 1999! Going by Christopher Plummer's age I could tell that it was a lot more recent than the content and style made it appear. You would swear that this was right out of the Classic Slasher period of nearly 20 years earlier, such was the mood and setting.

The story is pretty straight forward, but has a few mild twists and turns. If you can put up with the usual personality types in a 'Teen' Slasher film like this, then you should enjoy it somewhat. You have your common character types that you would expect in a classic Slasher film; the dialog is pretty lame in many parts, but grading it on the very common curve of the Retro Slasher film, it's certainly average and not as awful as many of them where the acting literally makes you want to kill them yourself.

Another reviewer scornfully criticized this film saying that it took itself 'too seriously'. Well, if you are like me, you pretty much have had your fill of 'cute', self-referential Slasher films; I sure have. And when a simple, obviously low-budget effort like this opts to 'take itself seriously' I find it a HELL of a lot more entertaining because it is frigg'n TRYING to be a true Slasher film. Now, that is not to say that I don't like a well made Comedy / Horror; that is fine and there are a few really good ones out there. But, mostly, I really like my Horror to take itself seriously, just like the old Universal or Hammer films did. That is what Classic Horror is SUPPOSED to be (most of the time) And, especially in this case with this story, I feel it is something made it work fairly well. IF you are going to go the Comedy / Horror route, then you need to start with a much better and more clever premise. This one has 'Retro' and 'Serious' written all over it.

One reviewer mentioned that he thought everything was great except the last 20 minutes; I disagree with that. I feel that the mood and atmosphere picked up quite a bit as you progress through the film and as others have said here, the director did a pretty decent job considering what he had to work with. Nothing stunning, but decent...

If you like simple Killer Clown movies, and your expectations are appropriate, and you can kind of ignore some of the REALLY Cheeeeeezy lines, you should find it mildly entertaining.


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