The Killjoy/Scarecrow: Complete Series [2 Discs] [DVD]
- SKU: 20403648
- Release Date: 08/07/2012
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Director Tammi Sutton's superior sequel to Craig Ross' dismal urban clown shocker Killjoy marks both an improvement over the original (on one-fifth of the budget) and the introduction of almost a completely new character, as Trent Haaga's portrayal of the titular bogeymen rises head and shoulders above that of Angel Vargas in the first film. A pair of juvenile detention officers and their streetwise charges head for the wilderness as part of an Outward Bound-type program, only to run into horror and death. Genre enthusiasts will recall the same set-up being used in Tony Randel's 1994 mutant-bug film Ticks, but it still seems fresh here due to both the subject matter and the relative paucity of horror films dealing with ethnic urban youths in the intervening years (the cast is almost exclusively African-American). After a shooting death and conflicts with the obligatory redneck (Sutton), the kids hole up in the home of an elderly voodoo practitioner (Rhonda Claerbaut), only to be menaced by Killjoy. Cult favorite Debbie Rochon co-stars in this entertaining horror film, which was extensively re-edited prior to release by executive producer J.R. Bookwalter to tighten up what he felt was a rather slow initial cut. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi
Emanuel Itier writes and directs the low-budget slasher movie Scarecrow, shot on digital video and released straight to DVD. Misfit Lester (Tim Young) is constantly picked on and he ends up getting killed by his mother's boyfriend. His soul inhabits a scarecrow, so he uses his new form to take revenge on the people who picked on him when he was alive. Scarecrow stars Roxanna Bina as Stephanie, Anil de Mello as Greg, and Mark Irvingsen as Farmer Hailey. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi
Scarecrow Slayer begins with good friends Dave and Karl attempting to boost the scarecrow that stands in a local farmer's field. Dave becomes the victim of a gunshot during the robbery, and his soul goes on to possess the scarecrow. He uses his status as a member of the undead to do away with anyone who attempts to win the hand of his former girlfriend, Mary. Dave concocts a plan to kidnap Mary, but Karl attempts to stop it. Karl is killed in the process, and he too becomes a scarecrow -- leading to a final brawl between the two former friends. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
Scarecrow Gone Wild!
Brian Katkin's horror film Scarecrow Gone Wild begins with a group of college students looking for a wild time on spring break. During the course of the drinking, carousing, and canoodling they play a practical joke on one of their own by tying the guy to a scarecrow. Nobody remembers to take him down, however, and soon he awakens the scarecrow, who comes down from his perch in order to exact revenge on those responsible. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
A sunny Spring Break becomes a phantasmagorical nightmare when four hard-partying students discover a magical mirror that draws them into an alternate dimension inhabited by four frightfully diabolical clowns. That's right, Killjoy is back, and this time he's brought along Punchy, Freakshow, and Batty Boop for a frightfully fun time. When Killjoy draws the unsuspecting students into his strange world of nightmares, the fight to escape from the frightful fantasy realm begins. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
A lot of kids think clowns are scary, but a bunch of adults discover just how frightening the wrong kind of clown can be in this horror opus. After the girl he loves is stolen away by a thuggish gang member, a young man uses the forces of evil to bring to life Killjoy (Angel Vargas), a clown doll he owned as a child. The young man is killed before the spell can fully take effect, but Killjoy soon comes to life to wreak a horrible revenge on the people who killed his master. Killjoy also stars William L. Johnson, Vera Yell, and Napiera Danielle Groves. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi