Written by: Matt Molgaard
Directed by: John Fitzpatrick
Cast: Adrienne Smith, Miles Chandler, Guilford Adams
We’ve seen a few impressive Scary Endings entries, and one of my personal picks in Welcome to the Circus. It’s not wildly inventive, it’s not loaded with twists and turns, and it doesn’t offer much in the way of daring special effects. But it’s got charm… and a memorable clown!
The story sees a young woman (Brandy) playing around with a boy of maybe, five, or six. She’s got one of those dreaded jack in the box toys and, well, if you know anything about horror, you know you don’t want to see one of those introduced in a film. Moments pass and balloons are floating about the house, and a super creepy clown with some highly disturbing contact lenses is following Brandy around… just a little bit too closely.
Clowns are hotter than they’ve been in years, and that means there are a lot of talented filmmakers working hard to give us memorable clown terror. When it comes to short films, John Fitzpatrick has certainly left a little mark on the subgenre. This is a chilling movie that, when watched under the right circumstances (I saw this at about 2 am, the house completely silent), Welcome to the Circus really is a disconcerting picture.
I enjoyed this one quite a bit, and like many other I’ve screened recently, this one gets a big thumbs up. Look into Welcome to the Circus, but wait until the night’s gone quiet and the only light on your block emanates from your own television. That’s when this one will get you.
By the way, the flick is attached below!