Based on the delightfully evil cover art I expected an old fashioned slasher. Sadly I was grossly misled. The Clown Murders is more like a character driven crime caper. A group of businessmen concoct a scheme to kidnap Alison, their boss’s wife in order to prevent her from signing an important contract. Disguised as clowns on Halloween they commit to what they consider to be a relatively harmless prank. Once the police get involved the gravity of their “prank” gives way to tensions and distrust between the group members and their true colors are exposed. A killer clown is indeed featured in the climax but he is merely an afterthought used to inject suspense into what is mostly a forgettable and unforgivably boring 70’s film.
Back when he was still a million bucks shy of being a millionaire, John Candy costarred as good natured Ollie, the only likable one in the outfit. Angry drunkard Rosie constantly mocks Ollie for his weight but what he doesn’t seem to appreciate is the fact that Ollie is the real article. What you see is what you get. (Forgive me, I can’t help but make Planes, Trains and Automobiles references.)
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The killer clown at the end was adequately menacing but not worth sitting through the bickering, the paltry body count and the overall dullness, not to mention the poor quality of the DVD transfer. You could do much worse than The Clown Murders. I commend it for taking a different approach to get to the killer clown bits. But six bucks and my right nut say you won’t make it to the end without falling asleep.