When you hear about a movie where Tim Curry once again plays a vicious clown, you are almost required by law to watch it. Gingerclown sports an impressive list of horror icons and throwbacks to ‘80s horror, but ultimately it’s just bad.
First of all, it’s a Hungarian horror comedy, and I can’t tell whether it’s just cultural confusion or they really thought they were being funny. The movie is set in 1983 and begins with a group of high schoolers drinking and partying behind the Hollywood sign. The whole scene looks like something from Grease…literally. They’re all in 1950s jock clothes and driving classic cars. There are no hatchbacks for this crowd.
The leader, Biff, harasses the young nerdy Sam as he drives his bicycle past them. Biff’s girlfriend and Sam’s crush, Jenny, tries to stick up for the geek, but just gets treated like crap. Biff challenges Sam to spend the evening in an abandoned amusement park, and he’ll win a kiss from Jenny. Sam bolsters up his courage, scales the fence, and is soon followed by a defiant Jenny who dents Biff’s car in the process.
What follows is a surreal trip through puppetry hell as Sam and Jenny try to escape the clutches of Gingerclown and his group of misfits.
Oh Dear God Why!?!?!?!
What’s really puzzling throughout this entire movie is why they just didn’t go back to the fence and escape in the first place. It’s not like they were trapped in a building. Instead, they choose to journey forth and explore, despite knowing there are weird freaks trying to kill them. The acting by Sam and Jenny is so awful that you want to scratch your own eyes out after a while.
Was the tragedy that was this movie on purpose as homage to b-movies? Beats me; it just sucked really, REALLY bad. You start praying about half way through that one of them dies just to end the film. Yes, it’s supposed to be a horror comedy and contained lots of little Easter eggs for horror fans, but I now understand why there aren’t any big budget Hungarian films in US cinemas.
We Were Robbed
What attracted me to this movie were the names: Tim Curry, Lance Henrikson, Brad Dourif, Sean Young and even Michael Winslow. Apparently, Hungarians are big Police Academy fans. I mean, who wouldn’t want to see all these people in a movie? Except … you didn’t. All the famous actors were the voices of various monsters in the film. The monsters were puppets, and while they were visually appealing, they didn’t do much. In fact, the monsters didn’t really kill anyone … utterly disappointing.
Basically, these actors got paid to take 10 minutes of their day and head to a studio to record their dialogue. Remember in Suicide Squad when they spent months teasing us about the Joker and then he had about five minutes of screen time? Yeah, that.
Should You Watch It
Was this movie bad? Yes. Was it cheesy? Yes. Should you watch it? YES! Why? Tim Curry as the freaking Gingerclown. Gingerclown is no Pennywise, but hearing this amazing actor voice a clown one more time was worth the 2 hours of life I’ll never get back.
This movie makes Sorority Girls in the Slimeball Bowl-A-Rama look like Titanic, but you should never miss a Tim Curry experience. Ever.
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