Amusement (2008)

Amusement (2008)
  Director: John Simpson
  Writer: Jake Wade Wall
Every once in awhile, we tend to look back at our past actions and wish for different outcomes.  This may come in the form of relationships, education, jobs or something as simple as remarks made about another individual.  This is a story about a trio of childhood friends that try to piece together their past and determine where they went wrong.  Once a ridiculed child, now a serial killer driven by revenge, a familiar face seeks to freshen the girls' memory.  Will he be able to enact his revenge on those who teased him or will he once again be the victim of their taunts?

As a huge fan of the Trick r Treat format, I was excited to hear that this movie was also suppose to be anthology of combining stories.  Instead we got 3 stories loosely thrown together at the last minute filled with confusion.  The story starts out great with a plot twist and an interesting abduction.  Next, we are thrown into another act that introduces our killer clown - The Laugh, portrayed by Keir O'Donnell.  O'Donnell may look familiar to viewers because of his role as Kevin James' archenemy Veck Sims in Paul Blart: Mall Cop.  Keir’s portrayal of the clown was indeed fantastic, unfortunately the storyline didn’t stick with this success and instead embarked on a nonsensical journey into multiple unrealistic relocations.   Who ever decided to remove the clown aspect should have been immediately fired from production.  This movie will keep you scratching your head as you try to make the connection between the beginning of the movie and the end.  The production value, lighting, sound, and effects were well above average, it is just a shame that the natural flow of the movie wasn’t there.  As The Laugh develops throughout the movie, we see a shift from a creepy slow moving clown to an small, non-imposing annoying  guy that everyone wants to punch.

Bloody Buckeye Rating:
2.5 out of 5 
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