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It's a good thing the Clown Murders (which should have been called 'The Clown Kidnapping') isn't more known than it is . . . absolutely terrible flick, if you are looking for a 'clown slasher', please, do yourself a favor and watch something else.
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.
This Canadian film is not all fun and games when a group of friends dress up as clowns on Halloween and kidnap an associate's wife as a joke before circumstances turn deadly serious. Pre-SCTV John Candy in a non-comedic role.
Crap crap crap don't even bother with it.
Don't read the synopsis of this movie and look at the cover because it's definitely misleading..although it's more like a flat-out lie.
I'm giving this one a passing grade, due to the fact that it was practically cut in half by the MPAA. HALF THE #%! movie was missing!!! It had a good premise and the acting for that time period was decent.
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.
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.
<div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/the-clown-murders-11934516"><img src="http://content6.flixster.com/photo/11/93/45/11934516_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com">The Clown Murders</a> </div></div>
John Candy's first film, shot in Toronto, indirectly about the unforeseen consequences of urban expansion.
Candy and white collar coworkers gather at a soon-to-be demolished farmhouse at the city's edge on Halloween. There they attempt to play a joke on their boss by kidnapping his wife to forestall the real estate deal that has lead to the condemnation of the farm for an apartment complex.
After kidnapping the boss' fiancée while wearing clown masks, a real clown shows up and starts killing them off. But who and why?
A bit roughshod and small budget, but an interesting idea, and fun to see since it was Candy's first film appearance. Also some memorable shots of urban over-developmental sprawl extending right up to the surrounding farms.
nothing I could recommend, nothing special about it, just a coincidence of murders, though the psychological factors are performed to some enjoyable degree