Clown Kill (aka Lock In) review by Adrijan Arsovski - Cinema Paradiso
As an avid horror aficionado (and a general movie fan), by now it becomes obvious to me that clowns should elicit both the feeling of terror, and the other feeling that’s everything but that. However, this doesn’t equal that fact that a certain director can take a clown, put it in a horror film, and expect for things to work on their own. It’s just not happening. Unfortunately, this is Clown Kill in a nutshell, and the fact that it’s a British production doesn’t change things a bit. Ladies and gentlemen, behold the review of Clown Kills.
Clown Kill is directed by Mark J. Howard and stars UK semi-celebrity Jessica Cunningham playing Jenny (who was six months pregnant at the time of filming). With all of that in mind, it’s really strange how Clown Kill turned out to be a dud.
The film mostly focuses on a young woman named Jenny (Cunningham), who, get this: gets sexually assaulted by someone (or something for all we know) posing as a clown. Then, Jenny returns to her office in a publicity company, where she is tutored by John (played by Roy Basnett), and works together with colleagues Katy (played by Katy Barsby) and Karen (Rachel Dargie). Then, things take a turn for the weird.
To make things worse, Jenny has made a recurring habit of being late lately, and so John gives her a warning and an ultimatum all at once; now Jenny has to complete a publicity kit for a client without any room for either deliberate or intentional (duh) errors. Jenny outright refuses this request on the grounds that it wasn’t her fault, and proceeds to exit the building – after which she gets attacked by the socially awkward janitor Cyclops (Stephen Greenhalgh). At this point in time, Jenny is very stressed but mentally sound, and so she decides to do the presentation anyways. And not only that, but Jenny works best at night (my type of Jenny), because at that moment in time there’s little to no distractions to work whatsoever. Naturally, she stays at the office with only two security guards and no one else. Clown Kill being a horror flick, it’s only natural that a killer clown enters into the building, determined to ‘reap’ everyone and leave no survivors in his killing spree. When the clown’s identity is revealed, Jenny’s world turns upside down and it seems as if only death can save her now.
Everything considered, Clown Kill is nonsensical, features no coherent narrative structure, and ends up being more a dull, aimless flick than a horror one at that. However, if you are very fond of killer clowns, and you absolutely MUST watch a killer clown on the prowl in order to get your horror fix, then Clown Kill would offer you JUST that.