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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.

Director:

Victor Salva

Writer:

Victor Salva
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Cast

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 C. Reinecker David C. Reinecker ... Lunatic Dippo
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
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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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Trivia

Out of the three child actors playing the brothers, only Sam Rockwell is still acting to this day. Nathan Forrest Winters said he was blacklisted by Coppola and never had another opportunity to work in the industry again. Brian McHugh disappeared after deciding not to take charges against Salva for his sexual abuse. See more »

Goofs

(at around 17 mins) While at the Clown Show, the spotlight shines just on Casey's face even before they shine it on him. See more »

Quotes

Randy: Midnight. A time for something awful. Something evil. Something real, or not? He was too scared to tell. It was that tingly feeling on the back of his neck, that told him, that told him... they, were out there...
Randy: What did they want? Why were they here? To scare him? To kill him? Alone and helpless. Sure, he had his axe, but what would that really bring him? Just more blood...
Randy: He knew they would find him. All of them. Their faces, like painted nightmares... Sure as anything real, they would find ...
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in DVD-R Hell: Gary Coleman: For Safety's Sake (2013) See more »

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Good concept. That's it.
5 January 2007 | by insomniac_rodSee all my reviews

I haven't seen this movie in years since the last time I rented on a local "Video Centro" (a popular video franchise from Mèxico).

The memories I have are blurry but I can say without fear of equivocation, that this was a fairly scary and creepy movie; specially for those who have clownphobia.

The premise was pretty good and interesting for a fast paced slasher flick. So three escaped convicts "hide" in a big classy house where three kids are left alone.

The atmosphere of the house was truly creepy. Accompained to that, there were also decent death scenes provoked by the convicts.

Overall this is an entertaining slasher flick that worths a watch... specially if you have clownphobia.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 July 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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Dolby

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1.85 : 1
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