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Honestly...I did not like the first one either.
But it sometimes happens sequels are better than the original and thats why I decided to watch this one. While the first had some cheap scares and some good chase scenes, this one has non of that.The movie is to long and all that time is wasted on romantic development which easily fills half the film.
Few years back I searched quite some time for a good "clown horror" movie.Until this day "stitches" with Ross Noble is the best one according to me and a sequel for this would be a welcome one.Only "Stitches" and "it" bring high quality to this horror sub genre.
Point is, there is something better.
Both the "fear of clowns" films and "clownstrophobia" are about the worst you can get in this sub genre.
"Clown" released in 2014,I think?,showed great promise but was numbed down to much probably to reach a bigger audience,so that was really a shame.
Keeping my hopes up for a "stitches" trilogy.
First of all, this movie is a million times better than the original Fear of Clowns. I don't know if this was the intension, but it's also freaking hilarious. I was cracking up almost the whole time. It's pretty cool that it's a local film (Maryland/Eastern Shore) too. But the acting is improved, the story is improved, the interest is improved (in the first FOC, I only really liked it during the last part of the movie because it takes place in a movie theater that I go to all the time). There is a bit of suspense, but like almost all horror movies, the point of the whole thing is pretty much not there. However, movies like this are also meant to entertain, and this movie did that very well. That's why I give it a 7/10. It's satisfactory. I am glad Kevin Kangas had more money to put into the second installment. Maybe if he makes a third FOC, he'll have an even bigger budget and be able to make a much better movie that even all the Kevin Kangas haters can enjoy.
I was able to attend the premiere in Baltimore a few weeks ago. It was fun to meet some of the cast and see them milling around in the lobby after seeing them up on the big screen. What was especially cool was having a chance to talk to Frank Lama for a few minutes after the show. He was really gracious and modest about his performance in the film and even let us snap a few photos with him before jumping into a limo to attend an after party. I hope lots of people see Fear of Clowns 2 for Lama's performance, which I thought was incredible. I could definitely see him on TV or in bigger budget movies, which is not always the case with actors in low budget feature films. He played Peters with humor and intelligence -- awkwardly bumbling when he tried to make a human connection with the clown artist Lynn but cool and tough when he tangled with the clowns. Peters was a very believable and likable character, which is saying something in a movie with three killer clowns! I hope to see Lama in other films that showcase his obvious abilities.
I have never understood those that say Kangas' movies suck. He shows growth with every movie he has done, and with his third film he has gotten the brass ring. Kangas does movies I WANT to see - horror with some intelligence behind them. I caught this premiering in Baltimore and have to say that he really outdid himself with FOC2. The stand out in my mind - performance-wise - was Frank Lama as Peters. He was really convincing this time out. Jacky Reres and Mark Lassise really shined as well, and for a low budget horror movie, the story, thrills, special effects, and production values were superb. David Mun was excellent as the director of photography. Anyone that wants to see a GOOD horror movie should rent or buy this once it comes out. You will not be disappointed.
Ladies and Gentlemen let me introduce you to one of the best part II's to surface from a "not-so-well-received" original Fear Of Clowns. I was visiting family in Roland Park, Maryland when I happened to stumble on a morning news interview with actor Johnny Alonso. My first thoughts were okay, actor with a west coast look sporting a New York accent screening a premiere in Baltimore....hmmmm, this movie has got to suck. Having nothing to do but another family dinner, I decided to check out the premiere. When I got there, the movie theatre had a ticket line that wrapped around the corner one block back with TV camera crews up front, limos and actors everywhere. After finally getting my ticket, who do i bump into (literarily) but that dude from the morning show Mr.Cute West Coast/East Coast actor. I have to tell you I was a bit star struck. Some actors just have this "out of reach, but I've got to talk to you" intensity, Mr. Alonso, Marc Lassise and female lead Jacky Reyres sported this "out of reach" Hollywood thing, with or without their knowledge. "Fear Of Clowns II" has all the making of a great horror/suspense independent that will be well received, everywhere. Quick, calculated and sharp to the point. Director Kevin Kangas definitely took all the hard critiques from the first clowns film and used it to say "**** you" to all those so called critics and jealous little film makers. This part II flowed. In fact you wanted to see more. Sitting in the audience I noticed that not one single person got up for popcorn, bathroom or smoke break. All eyes glued to the silver screen. The score was fantastic, sounded like anything you'd expect from a prime time series or heavy budget film. The sets and locations were as creepy as the characters. A great ensemble of some recognized names and unknowns. Really love "Shivers" Marc Lassise' character. Not much dialogue for him in this film, but his silent acting spoke at loud decibles. Jacky Reyres not only a beauty, but brains and brawn. The other lead Detective Peters was good up to a point. A little contrived, but solid in his choices, stayed the course. Great look, but a strong look doesn't filter out "eh" acting choices. My favorite pick of the day is character "Ralph" played by actor Johnny Alonso. A strong supporting role excellent casting next to Shivers the clown. A solid actor, his intense, nervous, hyper acting reminded me of Steve Buscemi in "Reservois Dogs." Alonso's character became one that everyone quietly rooted for. The writing by Kangas was clear and precise, right to the point. The camera work was exceptional, nice trick shots that added to the intensity of this picture. The film quality and lighting at times (mainly in the beginning of the film) were a little dark, but this could be fixed in "post/post" :) The clowns were creepy - 3 different personalities. 3 Id never want to encounter in a dark basement or in a corn field... ever. The lake stuff reminded me of "Camp Blood" from Friday the 13th. Nice added touch. Some of the special hit men were annoying, no; they all were annoying. They played way too close to the typical choices undergrad actors make. Also, the burning car footage was too long of a focus. Big deal guys, haven't you ever seen a burning car before? Just go to Compton after 1am on any given night! But hey, something's got to give in such a cool indie movie.And I'm sure these were minor things that were over looked by the rest of the audience. The film was top notch. Kangas has a put together a money making, hard hitting, enjoyable to watch movie. Looking forward to buying a DVD copy in the very near future. Maybe I can get Mr. West Coast/East Coast to autograph it for me. 10 stars to Kevin Kangas and company. Fear Of Clowns II is fantastic!
I remember last year walking thru Blockbuster and spotting this DVD cover with a crazy looking clown on the front and thinking to myself "I MUST check this movie out!" Well that movie was "FEAR OF CLOWNS". I instantly got hooked on it. The character development, story, and suspense had me sucked in within the first 20 minutes of the movie! Kevin Kangas I feel has created a new horror icon. Shivers the bare chested, buffed clown has made a huge impact in the horror genre! Well Fear of clowns 2 was no different! I went to see the premier in Baltimore MD last week. The sequel definitely lived up to the original, maybe even surpassed it! Kevin and company provide twice the suspense, twice the gore, triple to death scenes, triple the crazy and messed up clowns, and just the right amount of comedy and one liners! I can't wait for this one to come of DVD! I encourage all horror fans to definitely check out FEAR OF CLOWNS 2! Huge kudos to Kevin Kangas, Jacky Reres, Frank Lama, Mark Lassise, and everyone else involved! Dominic
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