On the surface? A well-directed horror film that unlocks anyone's fear of not knowing the emotions of those who surround them. Deep below? One of the quintessential underrated films that unlocks the capabilities of auteurism in the cinematic medium; a disturbing grounds for the psychology of the director, and all the more tragic and terrifying for that. Makes it one of the scariest films ever made.
Salva's history necessitates an ugly thematic obsession with adolescent males terrorised by predatory figures (see also Jeepers Creepers). Here the focus on his young cast becomes uncomfortable & voyeuristic, but the subject of challenging personal fears + the power of imagination is smart & well developed. Set-pieces show a level of stylistic control well beyond the realm of contemporary directors, e.g. James Wan.
"Clownhouse" me recuerda a otro filme slasher circense, "Funhouse". Al igual de Hooper, Victor Salva sabe componer el ambiente partiendo de clásicos recurrentes del género de terror, sobre adolescentes, el mundo del circo y desquiciados que escapan del reformatorio. Lo malo llega después, para cuando la aniquilación parece perder el suspenso y se resuelve sin genio.
Amusing 80's horror. The atmosphere has a real dreamlike quality and its one of the only clown horror movies make an attempt to address where fear of clowns comes from. The main kid Casey notes the deceptive nature of clowns alleged happiness is what frightens him. Downside: The relationship between the brothers is aggressive and even sexually frustrated at times(the films back-story will explain that). Worth seeing.