Andrew E reviews The Killer Clown Meets The Candy Man
Have you ever wondered what might have happened if serial killers John Gacy and Dean Corll met Charles Manson? That is the basic premise of this semi-historically accurate dark comedic tale of horror. [Taken from IMDB]
Andrew E’s Review:
Well firstly let’s start with, I never thought I would be reviewing a movie called “The Killer Clown Meets The Candy Man“. This fictitious, but yet semi-historically accurate story is about what happened when serial killers John Wayne Gacy and Dean Corll met in Chicago in the early ’70s.
The film establishes the pair meeting over their love of young men/murder and for the majority of the film it is centered around the bromance forming whilst they reminisce about their individual terrible histories. All the while a young man watches and listens with terror. Their tales are sick and twisted. They recount how individually they have tortured and sexually assaulted a number of young men. Each of these young men is in their early 20’s and all clad in nothing by tight white boxer briefs. The movie throws in some outlandishly disturbing performance by the two serial killer leads. Gore is in the film but not over the top (minus a penis in a bag) and the leg crossing monologue about inserting glass rods into a victims pee whole only to purposefully shatter them whilst inserted. The movie then enters a low budget version of Freddy Vs Jason when our two killers fall out over how they have handled their shared victim.
This film is the hardest that I have to review. As some of the movies is really interesting, and taking direction from history. It then ventures into its own direction and puts onto the screen really disturbing scenes. The scenes that by right should be disturbing, but are executed in a way where the violent acts you anticipate don’t happen, neither does that sexual assault. Don’t get me wrong what you do see is sickening, and crazy – and I am not seeking further levels of disdain, but I think the directors could have pushed a little more using elements of what they had and more violence edited together in faster sequences would have had a more powerful effect. I don’t want to overly explain each of the scenes as it will ruin what this film does have to offer. And being new on the scene I didn’t want to overly describe the film beginning to end. However, I will add there is a fun cameo by another serial killer known in history! I won’t say which…
In terms of acting, I am aware this movie its low budget – the two lead actors Edward X. Young, Jeremy Woodworth are really effective as playing complete psychopaths and carrying a range of disturbing emotions. They smartly play their roles and do deliver. Personally, with some editing in their scenes, they could have really improved them if tightened a little. All of the young victims in the film are good. They deliver very nicely, conveying fear and terror. Again some trimming on their shots would make them have a greater impact.
On the plus side, all of the boys look amazing, rippling six packs, and tight white underwear. That is a major win for this movie. However, my question is, do all men only wear tight white boxer briefs? Did I miss a memo?
#What was good?
- Good actors
- Good looking men!
- Based on true events
- Good dialogue sequences
#What was Bad?
- There were some sound issues (not horrendous but at the times I was aware of them).
- The pace is a little long and could be tightened up.
- Editing wasn’t at it’s best.
- In some scenes, I wanted to see less of what was there, and more of what wasn’t.
I think overall there is a lot of positives from this movie, however, I can feel the restrictions the budget had. I understand as a filmmaker myself making a low budget is hard. In fact, it is really hard. I applaud what was created here. It is one that will stay with me and at times make me feel a little sick. So to leave that kind of impression is impressive.
GRUEMONKEY RATING: 2.5/5 GRUEMONKEYS.
Written and Directed by Pete Jacelone,
Starring: Edward X Young as Dean Corll, Jeremy Woodworth as John Gacy/Pogo the Clown, Eric Fleising as Wayne Henley and Seth Leighton Hale as David Brooks, with John Link as Charles Manson.
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