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Over the last few years, creepy clown sightings, often in conjunction
with violent clown attacks or disappearances, have become a pretty regular
thing in all 50 states of the US and even abroad - too regular for
documentary filmmakers Todd and Jessica Smith to not want to investigate
it. So they make their way into the middle of nowhere, rural USA, which is
apparently a hotspot for clown appearances, to do some on-the-ground
research. Problem is, not all eye-witnesses want to speak on camera or are
happy to hand over their clown footage (at least not for free), so it
takes them quite some time and effort to even get to a possible sight for
clown sightings - but when they finally, one night, on a lonely country
road, do encounter clowns, they're scaret witless ... and what's worse,
Todd loses his wallet. What's really creepy though, a few days later, Todd
and Jessica find a clown doll on their porch, holding the wallet. Todd
wants to wrap up their documentary then and there, but Jessica convinces
him to press on - and then they get a call offering them an interview with
a creepy clown. And in hindsight, it might not have been the wisest idea
to accept the offer ...
Mockumentaries and found footage films
are really a dime a dozen these days - but this one's better than most of
them as it successfully creates its own mythology (despite a rather
ridiculous premise) and actually structures its build-up like a thriller
rather than just relying on screaming and drawn-out shaky camera sequences
to create tension (though there's plenty of that as well). Plus the lead
characters in this one are properly fleshed out, and the performances of
the two leads really ground the film and are in their fallability
relatable enough for the audience to properly care about them. So in all,
a pretty tight and entertaining piece of clown horror.