Circus Kane, Creepy Clowns and Comedy Make An Enjoyable Viewing
Director: Christopher Ray
Release Date: September 8, 2017
Release Format: VOD
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 1 Hour 28 Minutes
The notorious and disgraced circus master, Balthazar Kane, invites an unsuspecting group of social media stars to the revival of his CIRCUS KANE by promising $250,000 to any of them who can make it through the night. Kane’s true plan quickly proves to be far more sinister as the contestants realize more than money is on the line. The group must fight for their lives to escape Kane’s demented house of horrors.
Circus Kane will release on Video On Demand on September 8, 2017. Produced by Uncork’d Entertainment, Deinstitutionalized, and End of the Rose. For more information, follow:
Balthazar Kane (portrayed by Tim Abell) is a circus master that has been out of business for years. To retrieve his name and reputation and bring back his once popular show Circus Kane, he invites eight random participants to be a part of his house of horrors. These participants got selected because of their high presence and impact in the Horror community.
If these participants can make it through Balthazar Kane’s house of horrors alive, they each win $250,000. Each participant going through their own personal problems finds the venture worth it, so they all agree. Upon arrival at the designated pickup location, masked assailants approach the group, and order them into a van. Then, they get taken to the final location where the journey will take place.
Inside the van, they get their first introduction by the mysterious circus master, who talks in rhymes and riddles. After arriving at the house of horrors, a tall Pale Man Man (portrayed by Richard Moll) greets them and orders them inside the house. Here, they get more acquainted with Balthazar Kane. He is very upfront about his motives, but they brush them off as pure entertainment, he is a circus master. But they soon find out that his sinister intentions are true. What started as a night of fun and games, turns into a fight for survival as they race to live through Circus Kane’s house of horrors
There are two techniques of cinematography that takes place throughout the film. One, which is seen in the introduction and end credits scenes, is an old vintage style of filming that was more popular in an older decade before technological advancements entered the world of cinema. These films are those made on old 8MM cameras, with the black and white or sepia color scale. Another modern day film that uses this style of cinematography is 31 (Rob Zombie, 2017).
It’s amazing that this technique is becoming more popular again, and the black and white and sepia color schemes. This puts an even more unique emphasis on the art of film making. What’s old is new again, and it’s refreshing after becoming accustomed to the overuse of C.G.I.
The cast performances in Circus Kane are really good. Some characters to give high notice to are Balthazar Kane and the evil clowns as they are an influential part of the film and really good antagonists. Balthazar Kane is a mad man. He is the circus master that takes his job to the extreme. In attempts to keep his viewers and fans entertained and satisfied, behind the scenes, he runs a freak show. The clowns are his freaks, or minions, for a better term.
Circus Kane has its own unique approach to the Evil Clown theme in Horror cinema. The idea is familiar. It’s the path the production crew chooses that sets this film apart. There are no annoying cliche’s that viewers have been subjected to in Horror films for decades. There is also more ethnic diversity in the cast than you would normally see. This is always exciting as the audience is not limited to stereotypes. The ending plot twist in this film is surprising but also expected.
The costumes and makeup are amazing. These departments do a great job in the wardrobe selections and the details in the makeup. Again, with high notice to the Balthazar Kane character and his evil clowns. I’ve seen a lot of clown movies in Horror cinema, and these are among my top list of intimidating clowns. Not only because of the practical effects, but the actors’ performances are superb. Their characters are hyper, fun, and entertaining as clowns should be. But also morbid and sinister as their evil counterparts should be. The two personalities working together as one are needed in order to pull off the role of the evil clown successfully.
Circus Kane is a pretty intimidating film. Not only because of clowns, in general, are just creepy, in my opinion. It introduces new tricks of the trade if you will. A very intriguing pitch. A group of random, everyday people going through personal issues is sought out by a mysterious man who makes a generous offer if they complete a task. Naturally, they agree, without hesitation or questioning the task. Only to find out that the saying is all too true; “curiosity kills the cat”.
The score selections are perfect for the theme and setting of the film. The introduction scene with that familiar circus or carnival music that most people have heard before. Especially in films such as these. Throughout is fast-paced, upbeat music and some dramatic theatrical sound effects.
The violence and kill scenes are brutal, bloody, and awesome. There are a couple of scenes where the special effects looked fake, but the quality of the effects out-shines this. The tricks and props used are amazing. The whole design of the house of horrors is phenomenal. A lot of ruthless trickery as you’d expect in this setting.
Circus Kane is an entertaining cinematic experience. What was feeling like a cliché with the theme of evil clowns, brings a refreshing new light to the genre. The creepy vibe of this theme is present here, from the musical score to the ruthless freaks and tricks that only the most ruthless antagonist can conjure up. Balthazar Kane can become an iconic movie antagonist.
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