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USA 2008
produced by
Carol Riordan, Jason Barnes (associate), Luc Bernier (associate) for This Is Not a Dream Productions
directed by Steve Sessions
starring Suzi Lorraine, Tom Stedham, Ted Alderman, Lucien Eisenach, Jade Michael LaFont, Luc Bernier
written and music by Steve Sessions

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Lauren (Suzi Lorraine) has only recently been discharged from a psychiatric hospital, and her husband Ray (Tom Stedham) Decides it's a good idea to take her to a nice cottage in the country for relaxation. But Lauren is far from well, even on their way to the cottage she insists on seeing a man inside a garbage bag that then turns out to be just full of garbage. Later at the cottage, she insists that a clown (Lucien Eisenach) is prowling the premises, something Ray flat out attributes to her imagination, which makes Lauren all the more stubborn in her claims. But as a consequence, Ray doesn't even believe Lauren when she tells him the local Sheriff (Ted Alderman) has stopped by on the lookout for two Mormon missionaries (Jade Michael LaFont, Luc Bernier) who have disappeared in the area. And eventually, Ray manages to persuade Lauren that she might be seeing things after all, as she has been discharged from hospital prematurely, as her insurance wouldn't pay for her stay anymore. Problem is, the clown is real, and he has actually brutally tortured and murdered the two missionaries. But what's worse, he has already found a way into the cottage ...

 

Though obviously made on a moderate budget, this is a film that really sucks you in thanks to a carefully structured script that might take its time to build up the tension but never misses a beat, coupled with a directorial effort that makes the most out of whatever's at hand and that puts an extra emphasis on suspense - though not exactly looking away during the gory parts of the film -, plus Suzi Lorraine gives a really strong and relatable central performance.

Nice genre entertainment for sure.

 

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