Clown Hunt (2010)
By: J.R. McNamara on February 1, 2013 | Comments
MVD Visual (USA) | All Regions, NTSC | 1.78:1 (16:9 enhanced) | English DD 2.0 | 72 minutes (Full Specs)
The Movie
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Director: Barry Tubb
Starring: David Keith, Barry Tubb, Brandon Wayne, Eliose DeJoria, Robert Earl Keen, Tuff Hedeman, Tanner Beard
Screenplay: Barry Tubb
Country: USA
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What some people don't know about yours truly is that I went to clown school. That's right, no fear of clowns here: I am one! Granted I have never performed in a circus, but even today I can juggle like a bastard, and can balance a chair on my chin. That's a skill you don't learn in your fancy schmancy 'universities'. Admittedly the skills I learned didn't help me in any way in my life, other than to stop small children crying for a brief period of time, and in actual fact, these skills probably hindered me more than anything, when you consider how often I have received chair-related throat injuries.

Anyway, enough about me. Let's talk about a group of clowns with more pressing concerns...

Clown Hunt tells of a time when clowns become the scourge of the earth, and hunters are allowed to go into the wilds and shoot them. Now don't feel bad for the clowns though as they are a particularly nasty animal and we get to see them at work, squashing ducklings with their big shoes and killing kittens on trampolines. This particular safari that we, the viewer get to follow is a special one though.

Spotted the in area of our safari is the extremely elusive Albino Willie, a butt-fucking, gun stealing clown who isn't about to let his kind die easily, and he has some plans to beat these hunters at their own game, no matter how powerful their clown killing atomic bomb is...

This movie is nothing but straight up terrible. I mean bad... like bad bad. The problems with this film can be broken down into several departments.

The script is awful. To take an idea like the hunting of a scourge like clowns and make it deadly serious and violent would have been fantastic, but instead it is played for cheap laughs, which never come, and the actors deliver stupid lines badly.

Whilst we are looking at the actors, they are really some of the worst around. Tragically, one of them is Firestarter and White of the Eye's David Keith. After seeing him in this, I want to just punch him in the face, and I don't care how much boxing training he had for Daredevil!

The soundtrack has seriously some of the worst pieces of clown related music you will ever hear. There is a clown rap on the menu that if I ever hear again, I won't be a happy camper.

Finally, the special effect department. I don't know what low rent CGI they used, but it sucked. When guns were fired from the side there was no muzzle flash, but front on there was, and for a movie about killing clowns, not a single millilitre of blood or gore was spilled. It seems perhaps the entire effect budget may have been spent on white greasepaint.

The truly horrifying thing about this pile of gash is that it was written and directed by Top Gun's Wolfman Barry Tubb, who should know something about production values considering his acting history. Apparently Tubb abandoned Hollywood at one point as he was disillusioned by the blockbuster machine, but I am sorry, Barry, whilst I agree H-wood needs a shot in the arm and some new and original ideas, dreck like this isn't gonna do it!

Mercifully, the DVD slick claims the film runs for 90 mins, but in actual fact, and I thank sweet Bozo for this, it comes in at just under 70 minutes. Another 20 minutes of Clown Hunt would have really pissed me off.

In summary: disappointment is a word that just doesn't reflect how I really feel.
The Disc
Clown Hunt is presemted in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio with 16:9 enhancement, and all things considered the image is actually not too bad with strong, natural colours and a reasonably sharp image. The 2.0 audio is a surprisingly clear, though tragically that means you have to endure the awul soundtrack.

The only extra on this piece of cinema is a slideshow. Yes, that's right: a series of still photos on a medium designed for animated images... and worse? They are boring. Go to Aunt Gladys and ask to see the images of her last trip to Coffs for better entertainment.
The Verdict
Unfunny, boring and just plain out terrible, Clown Hunt is a film with no redeeming features whatsoever. Please: don't ever buy this. Don't even see it. You have been warned.
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