Written & Directed by John Lechago
Batty Boop...Victoria De Mare
Four college students on spring break find their party ending prematurely when a mysterious package arrives on the porch of the house they have been sitting. Upon opening said package, and discovering an antique mirror inside, they find themselves trapped in the house, just as the murderous clown Killjoy is trapped in the mirror.
Only this time, he's not alone. Killjoy is joined by a veritable pack of harlequin horrors, comprised of a mutant mime, a pudgy hobo clown, and a psycho-sexy circus slut. Together, they will terrorize and tear apart the students, as well as their professor who is somehow connected to the whole ordeal.
As of this writing, I have not yet seen the second entry in the series, so all that I can compare this to is the original. I have to say that Killjoy 3 is endlessly better than the first outing, reminding me at times of the Wishmaster series, itself another guilty pleasure of mine.
Not only is the title character less irritating this time around, but he is far more frightening. He still has a dark and demented sense of humor--killer clowns pretty much have to--but it's less punny, and no longer punctuated with irritating urban phraseology. I mean, I use slang as much as the next guy, but it's next to impossible to be frightened by a grown man in make-up who's threatening to "pop a cap" in my "bitch ass", etc. And thankfully Killjoy's dialogue is no longer delivered in that manic, helium-huffing cadence that made my skin crawl.
The inclusion of more clowns helps here, too, as each of them are granted their own personalities (save for the mime fellow, who didn't really seem to have that much to do). And that green-haired hottie has made me think things about clowns that I have never thought before. Plus it's got Tromaville's former horror-hipster-in-residence Trent Haaga in the title role, which is definitely a plus.
Not quite a modern-day classic, but still a hell of a lot of fun. Kind of reminds me of the good ol' days of Full Moon, when everything was still fresh and fun. Killer clown fantatics and Full Moon devotees, be sure to check this out.
"Power to the puppies."