Movie Review: GAGS THE CLOWN

GAGS THE CLOWN was directed by Adam Krause, based on his short film “Gags,” in his feature film debut and stars Lauren Ashley Carter, Aaron Christensen, Evan Gamble and Tracy Perez. The movie was inspired by the viral media frenzy and worldwide phenomenon of ‘clown roaming’ sparked by his sixteen-minute short film Gags in 2016.

A small city in Wisconsin is terrorized by a mysterious clown who roams the streets late at night with nothing more than a handful of black balloons. The local news stations scramble to break the story on who he is and what he wants while a group of high schoolers see the clown’s arrival as an excuse to create a little trouble themselves. The police try to maintain order in a city that has gone clown crazy and a conservative podcast host vows to put a stop to the clown known as Gags while broadcasting his “clown hunt” on social media for the world to see.

The people of Green Bay Wisconson are being terrorized by this mysterious clown known only as Gags, and what happens is, it sets the big town into hysterics. The movie follows a reporter and her camera man, a conservative podcaster and a small group of friends that’s just looking for a good time. There’s a lot of time spent following these people while they either interview witnesses, talk about what they’re going to do when they finally find this creepy clown, or simply have a little fun with it all.

What happens is, the reporter finds herself hot on the trail of Gags while the podcaster gets his trigger happy self ready for a face-to-face confrontation with the scary figure and the kids decide to pull some pranks with a little copycat pranks. The thing about this clown is that he’s always watching from a distance and when Gags is ready to strike he suddenly appears. These individuals have been asking for it and all roads eventually lead them to Gags who shows them what real terror really is.

Bottom line is, Gags the Clown ended up being something a little different than what we’ve been getting from the creepy clown subgenre. The story for this one cashes in on those weird clown sightings we had a few years ago that were scaring the shit out of so many people. I thought the story was good and the characters (some stereotypical) were interesting enough to follow but there was something missing. We didn’t get enough of this elusive clown that’s turned this town upside down. With that being said, I did enjoy the movie and thought Adam Krause did a good job in his feature film debut plus there’s some impressive cinematography by D.J. Kast to help set the atmospheric tone. There’s also a little blood and gore to go along with that. All in all, this found footage horror-comedy was a fun romp plus it’s the perfect time of year to drop something like this since we’re getting close to Halloween. Gags the Clown will be available On Demand on September 3rd.

Distributor: Doppelgänger Releasing and Bloody Disgusting

Run Time: 89 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

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