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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.

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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 ... 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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Storyline

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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You never know who they really are. See more »

Genres:

Horror

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 July 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Clown dolofonoi See more »

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Commercial Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Victor Salva: extra at carnival/radio newscaster. See more »

Goofs

When Casey and Geoffrey are in the bedroom together they lock the door after hearing Randy trying to scare them from downstairs. However after they hear the glass breaking they walk up to the door and turn the key anti-clockwise yet the door is now unlocked. See more »

Quotes

Casey: They really are out tonight
Randy: [Confused] Who are?
Casey: The clowns
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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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I enjoyed this.
11 December 2004 | by bergeron70See all my reviews

The point was not to kill off all the kids, the point was to dig deeply into our primal fears and exploit them. This is something that was done fairly well. I'm afraid that too many people have become desensitized by the slasher films and the need for gore to truly appreciate what a thriller is really supposed to be. The film is, honestly, a bit rough hewn but as it was an indie pic that is pretty much to be expected. The characters of the three brothers were well developed to a point, although at times the oldest brother's character was a bit simplistic. In some ways the creepiness of this film is also enhanced by the directors less than stellar personal history. In some ways its pretty clear to see his specific "tendencies" and how his more sinister side comes out. That may ruin this film for some...


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