Mini-reviews: Killer Klowns, Halloween III, and Dead Silence
Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)
I picked up the bluray of Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988) from Walmart with a limited edition coloring book. Michael Sanchez had this on his Top Five horror comedies list a few weeks back. It was with his recommendation that I purchased this film and gave it a watch. There is a lot of 80s campiness in this film, but there was a lot to appreciate.
The production design of the Klowns, each one having its own look and personality, really was great. They were funny and creepy and came up with some inventive ways to kill their victims. For example, the popcorn that morphed into snakes with Klown heads and the shadow puppet dinosaurs were two very clown tropes horrifically transformed to kill. The movie is full of stuff like that and it is a lot of fun. Killer Klowns from Outer Space earns the Decent Watch rating.
Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)
Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) is reviled by many simply because they were expecting Michael Myers. Yet, it’s a film that I have always found some joy in watching. My wife actually suggested this one, but after watching it is convinced there is another mask melting faces movie out there. There is a lot of odd stuff in this movie but it features some gruesome scenes that are hard to forget or overlook.
The film opens strong with a man running from some men who look like gangsters. He eventually gets help and is taken to a hospital. That’s where the first brutal death is seen. One of those businessman murders shoves his fingers through the injured man’s eyeballs and then breaks his skull by pulling up on it. The scene is hard to watch, but an impressive piece of special effects. While it’s easy to write this film off, I believe it is a Decent Watch.
Dead Silence (2007)
Dead Silence (2007) is one of the only James Wan films I hadn’t seen. It’s hard to deny the creepiness of ventriloquist dummies so I had to give this a go. The version I purchased was the unrated edition with additional scenes, but I’m not sure what was extra in my experience. Wan wastes no time in getting to the horror and the opening kill leaves a gruesome image that will haunt the audience throughout the rest of the film.
Donnie Wahlberg gets to be a detective in this film and does a solid job for what the film is. Though the lead, Jamie Ashen, is played by Ryan Kwanten who does enough to carry the emotional weight the film tries to have after his wife died. The movie’s strongest element was a twist at the end that I never saw coming. Dead Silence earns the Decent Watch rating.