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Clownhouse (1989)

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


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Three decades later, Nathan Forrest Winters is a child sex abuse survivor, best known for his role as Casey, in the 1987 horror film 'Clownhouse' written and directed by Victor Salva. Known... See full summary »

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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 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


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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Release Date:

20 July 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Clown dolofonoi See more »


Box Office


$200,000 (estimated)
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Commercial Pictures (I) See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Victor Salva: extra at carnival/radio newscaster. See more »


(at around 19 mins) When Geoffrey comes out of the Clown Show tent to look for Casey, you can see the shadow of the camera. See more »


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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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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It Was OK But...
24 January 2006 | by CMRKeyboadistSee all my reviews

I just got the DVD of this film in. Up until now I really have never heard of this film. I read that a very young Sam Rockwell was in it but other than that it's all new to me.

The storyline is very simple. 3 brothers (one of which hates clowns) go to the circus one night. We get a little bit of character development on how the brothers interact with each other. After they leave the circus we see a scene of three psychopaths (who have escaped from a madhouse) run into a tent and kill three guys dressed as clowns. They steal the outfits and decided they are going to terrify the 3 brothers for the rest of the night.

That is about it for the story. Most of this movie is straight character development which makes for a decent film. My problem with it is the movie tends to drag during scenes and the crazed clowns didn't get as much time in the movie as they should have. Also, this movie is virtually goreless which made it interesting yet still a little dull. The whole movie felt like there was something missing. Also, the music score was very good at moments and very weak at moments. I believe the savior for this movie was the last 15 minutes as it did get intense.

Over all, this wasn't a bad movie, but it wasn't a great film either. If you do hate clowns I wouldn't watch this. 6/10

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