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

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Mr. Caruthers
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Ellen Gibby
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Kate
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George
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Monica
Melissa Galianos ...
Walnut
J.P. Grimard ...
Marty
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Taylor
Liz Crawford ...
Ashley
Vicki Marentette ...
Lorraine
Jonathan Barrett ...
Lorenzo
John Bluethner ...
Arnold
Pauline Broderick ...
Julia
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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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Seven opposites, one old opera house, and a secret to die for. See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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Rated R for horror violence, sexuality and some language | See all certifications »

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El clown  »

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Mr. Caruthers: Tonight, the stage is mine. I have everything an actor could wish for. A captive audience, a beautiful leading lady, and no critics!
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References Twilight Zone (1959) See more »

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I Pagliacci
Written by Ruggero Leoncavallo (as Leoncavello)
Performed by The Slovak Philharmonic Choir and The Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (Bratislava)
Provided by Naxos of Canada Ltd.
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Cluttered-Creepy-Silly-Suspenseful
15 October 2001 | by (Ohio, USA) – See all my reviews

The opening to this film is exceptional...It delivers a very creepy atmosphere, that continues through the first death scene...The thought of a film set in an old theater, of course, gives this the Phantom of the Opera feel, but It really doesn't feel that way when watching it. The stalking scenes, are at times, silly and predictable...and should be able to be avoided by the character, but nonetheless, people got to die in horror movies.

Written by Kenneth J. Hall (Puppet Master, Blonde Heaven, Dr. Alien), it is not wonder there is some flaw to this. However, it really delivers more than one would expect from a DTV (direct to video) horror film.

My big Gripe! The use of the standard Horror movie characters: The Jock, The bitchy Princess, The black girl, The gay Guy, the creepy guy no one can figure out, the weird lesbo-type girl into the paranormal, and a dim-witted teacher....and of course the basket-case main character...They follow all the stereotypes for their characters, and it tends to sway from the story, and make utter nonesense.

Tatayan Ali, in my opinion is best performer in the film...Her death scene, however, leaves much to be desired (the girl just didn't Die well).

Corny, predicatable Dialouge, slow, but creepy paced...the film really isn't that bad...but I disagree with one review saying this is a HOrror film for true horror fans...It is a decent slasher, but nothing we haven't seen before....The end, was no big surprise...but I didn't quite figure out everything until almost the very end....

Enjoyable watch....I plan on watching it again...

7 out of 10


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