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December 2009

Secrets Of The Clown

cast: Ryan Badalamenti, Tami Badalamenti, John Blick, Michelle Brancato, and James Brust

director: Ryan Badalamenti

90 minutes (18) 2007
widescreen ratio 1.85:1
Brain Damage DVD Region 2 retail

RATING: 4/10
review by Sandra Scholes

Secrets Of The Clown

The erratic music in the intro screen for this movie is enough to either put the viewer off or give them the willies.

The couple in bed know they aren't on their own in their house. Downstairs something is wondering around and they get prepared for what might happen. A bloodbath ensues as a man dressed in a clown suit kills them off one by one, leaving insane laughter and death in its wake.

Valerie (Kelli Clevenger) a woman studying at the library gets terrible visions of torture and sacrifice running through her mind; visions sent to her by another man, though she doesn't remember who he is. Valerie's boyfriend, Bobbie (Paul Pierro), has his own demons to contend with as the death of his friend, Jim (Jay O'Connor), has left deeper scars on his mind than she would think.

Bobbie has noticed that Val has been acting strangely for a long time and he confronts her, thinking he will get answers, but that is not always the case with her as she has some deep seated secrets of her own she doesn't want anyone to know. Val is the kind of woman who has strange things happen to her all the time. When she leaves the library she is confronted by an anonymous man offering her an occult book and, later on, sees more murders in her mind but is left not remembering anything at all.

Bobbie is unhappy that he is left with no clue as to Jim's murderer and seeks out the aid of a psychic to find out as the murderer is still at large. This only makes him get closer to the murderer and make him a target. Throughout Secrets Of The Clown there are clown dolls dotted around the houses of the victims and even Val has one in her house. It might not seem like much of a concern until later when Jim also has a doll.

The acting is fair enough and sometimes there are parts of the film that will have the viewer on the edge of their seat, the gore is plentiful for splatter fans, and the story will keep the viewer guessing right up until the end.



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