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Clownhouse (1989)

R | | Horror | 20 July 1990 (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.


Victor Salva


Victor Salva
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nathan Forrest Winters Nathan Forrest Winters ... Casey
Brian McHugh Brian McHugh ... Geoffrey
Sam Rockwell ... Randy
Michael Jerome West Michael Jerome West ... Lunatic Cheezo (as Tree)
Byron Weible Byron Weible ... Lunatic Bippo
David Reinecker David Reinecker ... Lunatic Dippo (as David C. Reinecker)
Timothy Enos Timothy Enos ... Real Cheezo
Frank Diamanti Frank Diamanti ... Real Bippo
Karl-Heinz Teuber Karl-Heinz Teuber ... Real Dippo (as Karl Heinz Teuber)
Viletta Skillman Viletta Skillman ... Mother
Gloria Belsky Gloria Belsky ... Fortune Teller
Tom Mottram Tom Mottram ... Ringmaster
Erika Young Erika Young ... Storekeeper
Jasper Watts Jasper Watts ... Storekeeper's Assistant (as Russell Jasper Watts)
Bobby Salem Bobby Salem ... Booth Barker


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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Mainly due to the controversy during its production, Clownhouse became a sleeper hit, but soon fell into obscurity. The film was released on VHS and LaserDisc in 1990 by RCA/Columbia. In 2003, the film was released on DVD by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, but was pulled from store shelves due to protests surrounding the sex abuse incident that occurred during production. The film has been out of print on home video ever since and any DVD copies that aren't bootleg are near impossible to find. See more »


(at around 1h 2 mins) When Casey pulls the lamp out of the wall the power socket sparks, but the power is out in the house. See more »


Randy: [Taunting his brother] I bet you want someone to hold your hand
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Crazy Credits

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 Big Movie FanSee 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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20 July 1990 (USA) See more »

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$200,000 (estimated)
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