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Gags The Clown (2018) – Movie Review

Gags The Clown (2018) - Movie Review

 

A little bit late with this one, so apologies yet again – I actually have a backlog of about 20 movies to get up on here at the moment, but finding the time is a bit of a squeeze!

Anyway – Gags The Clown.

Sounds pretty shit doesn’t it?

Well, that was my initial feeling towards it as well.

It’s listed as a ‘Comedy, Horror’, but I have to be honest with you here – it ain’t really that funny.

Some good points – some bad points.

Let’s take a closer look…

The Plot

An unidentified man in Green Bay, WI, has captured worldwide attention for roaming the streets dressed as a clown. Many write it off as a harmless prank, others aren’t so sure. When a group of friends cross paths with the clown everyone calls Gags, his true intentions are revealed.

Hold The Show…

Before we go any further with this, I should point out that the synopsis above, is the plot I directly ‘borrowed’ from IMDb…I do that more often than not!

Anyway, for once I actually read this blurb on IMDb before I watched the film, and I was kinda excited about the prospect of the whole experience because of it.

Well it’s lies.

I’m not one for spoilers but I have to point out that the line “his true intentions are revealed” is complete bullshit. I came out of the movie expecting some sort of conclusion to it all, but instead I got…well… nothing.

There is no explanation to what the clown is, or even what he’s up to.

Sorry to hit any spoilers there, but it kinda bugged me out big time.

Conclusion

Okay…where to go with this one?

First off I should say that the idea of using these urban ‘clown sightings’ in a Found Footage movie is a stroke of genius, or it should be. Clowns scare the fuck out of 99.9% of us these days, thanks to Stephen King.

In my mind the movie should have creeped me out, without really trying…but I’m afraid it didn’t.

Did it have a few scary or uneasy moments?

Yeah, sure, but nowhere near as many as it should have had.

To be honest the 89 minute running time of the film seemed more like the length of a Peter Jackson movie – which isn’t really a good sign. I was left wondering how I could be bored with a movie that used a creepy clown for it’s fear factor?

Next we move onto the actors – some of them shone (the main news reporter girl and her male sidekick) and others sucked ass big time (just about everyone else in the movie!).

At the end of the day, I was kinda split on giving the movie credit for being really original in the genre…and at the same time panning it for being a jumbled mess.

I mean – what was it all about?

The dudes in charge, Adam Krause and John Pata, give the impression that they only wrote about three pages of script, then they winged the last 45 minutes or so.

Overall this movie did have some impressive moments, but those moments were too few and far between. It also seems to have survived on a pretty short and shit script. The acting was decent in some respects, then dire in others.

I’ll let you make your own mind up on this one…

Chris

2 Comments

  1. Chris : Your excellent review says it all. Nothing to add accept for technical aspects. I do like seeing found footage that is not grainy and washed out. I thought the cinematography (in my humble opinion) was quite good and the camera movements did not give me vertigo. Oh, and I liked the balloons.

    • Yep, that’s a good shout actually, from what I remember this movie had decent, clean cinematography (I’ve already forgotten most of it!!!)

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