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Circus of the Dead - Bloody Bill Productions Print E-mail
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Written by Richard Taylor   
Saturday, 11 February 2017
Severed Cinema review of Circus of the Dead from Bloody Bill Productions

Directed by: Billy Pon
Written by: Billy Pon, Lee Ankrum
Produced by: Aron Ray Ballard, Melissa Land
Cinematography by: Gaeb Ramirez
Editing by: Billy Pon
Music by: Laren Comele Morris
Special Effects: Marcus Koch, Matthew Ash, Heather Buckley
Cast: Bill Oberst Jr., Parrish Randall, Chanel Ryan, Ryan Clapp, Rusty Edwards, Mike Williams, Jordan Bell, Madi Lane, Roger Edwards
Year: 2014
Country: USA
Language: English
Color: Color
Runtime: 1h 42min

Studio: Bloody Bill Productions, Bell Cow Films

Not having much experience with the sub-genre of clown horror movies, which seem to be gaining popularity, I dove into Circus of the Dead not knowing what to expect. I heard buzz/excitement about the movie on different Facebook groups so I thought I'd give it a shot. Fortunately Circus of the Dead is probably the cream of the crop to cut my teeth on, and I was thoroughly impressed. The indie film delivers a wild ride of wit, terror and impressive makeup effects. Director Billy 'Bloody Bill' Pon delivers a tale of over-the-top clown madness and in such a tongue-in-cheek fashion it works remarkably.

Circus of the Dead weaves the tale of a group of evil clowns whose segment in the circus they perform for seems to be a crowd pleaser. Little do the audience know that it’s real, and offstage these face-painted deviants aren't fucking clowning around. Lead by the manically evil Papa Corn (popcorn, get it?), played by Bill Oberst Jr. who has an independent film repertoire which speaks for itself. Oberst has won numerous awards and has delivered memorable performances on TV's Criminal Minds and even snagged an Emmy for his performance in Take This Lollipop. Papa Corn absolutely steals the show in every scene and every line, the character is so evil yet so philosophical, relatable and sarcastic that it’s hard not to like him even if he is a sadistic murdering rapist.

Circus of the Dead also focuses on depressed family man Donald Johnson (Parrish Randall), his beautiful wife Tiffany (Chanel Ryan) and two daughters Alyssa (Jordan Bell) and Hillary (Madi Lane). Donald is experiencing a dry spell in his life where he feels he has accomplished nothing and is suffocating in a limbo which he feels there is no way out of. Despite his lovely wife, two beautiful children and nice home he cannot seem to realize how good he has it. All this changes for Donald one night as he attends a circus with his family and ends up a target of the murderous clown troupe.

Oddtopsy FX with Marcus Koch (who makes a cameo in the movie) really outdo themselves in Circus of the Dead. This bitch is loaded to the brim with all sorts of practical makeup effects wizardry, from sledgehammered heads to severed tongues, bodies splattered abound and the coolest pull string severed head ever. The special effects makeup is on point and definitely a winning aspect for Circus of the Dead. Our group of lovable clowns take it to the streets and carry out an urban assault like no other, we get a home invasion, carjacking, a store robbery/raping/killing and even the police aren't safe from this motley group of face-painted clowns. Papa Corn, Jumbo, Mister Blister and Noodledome murder their way into your heart.

Circus of the Dead is an over-the-top film so plausibility is not so high here. It seems as if nobody notices these highly noticeable group of colorful killers stalking the streets day and night. This and whiny Donald Johnson's blonde hair and dark beard, and the lack of nudity are the only things that bugged me about Circus of the Dead. This things aside, Circus of the Dead is a solid and energy fueled ride that brings home the intense horror goods and also delivers a great punch in the guts ending.





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