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The Clown Murders (1976)





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In this thriller, a group of young professionals decides to play a practical joke on one of their ex-girlfriends who married a rich man who is about to close a major real estate deal. They will kidnap her and mess up the deal. Unfortunately, the joke becomes deadly serious when someone gets killed. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi
Drama , Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Stephen Young
as Charlie
Susan Keller
as Alison
John Candy
as Ollie
Al Waxman
as Police Officer
Michael Magee
as Compton
Cec Linder
as The Promoter
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Critic Reviews for The Clown Murders

All Critics (1)

Except for some flashes in the last 30 minutes where the inherent creepiness of clowns and whispery voices buys the film some atmosphere, it's got boredom to spare.

Full Review… | May 25, 2013
Antagony & Ecstasy

Audience Reviews for The Clown Murders

Caught this on the great channel 50 many years ago and it sucks. I was somewhat afraid of clowns and this failed to even raise a chill. But hey there's John Candy.

Rodney Eckrich
Rodney Eckrich

Not really sure what to make of this film, was not really a horror film yet I did half way enjoy it. You keep watching it to see what happens because it really never makes any sense, there are a couple of good creepy scenes near the end which were well done and John Candy did an admirable job in an early role that is totally different then what we are used to seeing him in. All in all its still kind of trash though, I would not really recommend it other then if you just a huge Candy fan and wanted to see him play a role thats different for him.

Josh Hitch
Josh Hitch

DO NOT LET THE SYNOPSIS OR MOVIE COVERS OF THIS FILM FOOL YOU!! Here is what The Clown Murders is about: A group of friends (including John Candy in a very early role) welcome home a fourth friend who finds the love of his life married to another man. He talks the group into concocting a "joke" involving the kidnapping of the girl so the husband can close a big-money deal on Halloween night. The friends dress up as clowns and kidnap the girl, so the husband goes to the police, thus escalating the situation long beyond a joke. Instead of calling everything off, the friends take the situation in a worse direction for clearly unknown reasons (causing lots of confusion from the viewers perspective). Things get worse and the friends start losing it in weird bizarre ways until a masked assailant comes into the picture in the last 9 minutes (!!!) left in the film, poses as the friend whose gone the most insane, kills someone, causes that person to get killed, and then disappears, resulting in an ending that's just as confusing for us as it is for the police who finally arrive on the scene. Not a horror film at all, just a boring, boring, VERY boring film that focuses on a large group of unlikable characters who do dumb stuff to make things worse, which is a concept that's done WAY better by the Cohen Brothers. While the film manages to incite a couple of mildly spooky moments within the last half hour, those nuggets of desperately needed film gold are very few and far between this overlong and stupid film. Very misleading and un-entertaining movie. I wouldn't even recommend this to John Candy fans, though it is interesting to see him in his only (I hope) sex scene ever.

Jason Duron
Jason Duron

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