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Film Review: Killjoy 3 (2010)


The demon clown Killjoy is resurrected once again, but this time he is not given the name of his victim and is trapped in his realm. Using a magic mirror he lures four unsuspecting college students into his realm where he can have his macabre fun! A mysterious man returns and we finally discover who Killjoy’s true target is!


I have to tip toe carefully with my review of “Killjoy 3”mostly because I liked the film a lot and I want to call it the “Citizen Kane” of movies from Full Moon Entertainment but if you’re not familiar with home entertainment I don’t want to ruin the film for someone by over hyping it. If you have no clue of who I am talking as far as full moon entertainment goes they’re pretty much a West Coast version of Troma. But yes, to me “Killjoy 3”is the “Citizen Kane” of full Moon films. “Society” I like to call their “Casablanca.”

Now assessing “Killjoy 3”in this manner let me express a little bit about my feelings towards other releases… I see “Ghoulies” as an R-rated version of “Hobgoblins” a film that appeared on Mystery Science Theater 3000 and “Trancers” is not a classic either in the sense of being good nor ironically funny – that movie was just at the right place at the right time. “Killjoy 3”for starters is coherent, has some decent performances and is not a total f*cking train wreck. 

In fact not only is the film not a f*cking train wreck but it is also an enjoyable movie to watch, is it intellectually complex and politically charged with heavy emotional undertones in the same vein as “Der Baader Meinhof Komplex” no it’s not. But this film is more just a good old fun horror film; actually it’s more fun than anything else.

So about nine years ago “Killjoy 2” came out and I’ll gladly say the only thing that “Killjoy 3” has in common with the previous film is the actor Trent Haaga as Killjoy in “Killjoy 2” and he does a great job in the role. And who is Killjoy? He is pretty much Carrot Top with blue hair, little extra makeup and no Vegas show, well that and Killjoy kills people which I only have theories as far as Mr. Top goes but nothing I can prove. Another the great performance in the film is that of Victoria De Mare who will make you feel really messed up for having dirty thoughts about a naked clown. De Mare’s character Batty Boop has an entire costume of just body paint which aside from being genius makes the film worth watching if not for the rest of what the film has to offer.

Part of film critics job is to say “hey this is the plot” and with horror film you have some old standards such as a bunch of kids trapped in a house… for the sake of argument and for the sake of enjoying the film, here’s my suggestion, ignore the plot and enjoy the films many wonderful highlights such as extensive cheesy one-liners, a sexy naked girl clown(this is probably going to become a fetish in the future,) the argument for clown equal right and some nice gore – bulk of which is at the end.

This is a film it easy to watch and directed by John Lachego who knows the audience and knows how to play to them. From Lachego’s films I’ve seen so far he’s a guy who specializes in making simple horror that are a good time.

On a side note I did not call “Re-animator” the “Citizen Kane” of Full Moon Entertainment because when “Re-animator” was made the company at the time was Empire Pictures, Charles band’s first company.

Killjoy 3 (2010)

About Josh Darling

Writer, film maker, cartoonist, born again atheist, horror, art house, cult and B-movie enthusiast Josh Darling divides his time between writing fiction, painting water colors from his nightmares, drawing cartoons and being a dad. Josh grew up On Long Island but as an adult he "kicked around" most of America --sometimes homeless. He currently divides his time between his home in Tampa and traveling to New York, New England and southern California.

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