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Gingerclown (2013/Lionsgate DVD)

Picture: C- Sound: B Extras: C- Film: D

Gingerclown is a highly misleading film. From the box art, you see some names of pretty incredible character actors: Tim Curry, Sean Young, Brad Dourif, Lance Henriksen... the only problem is that their presence is absent in the film, they are used simply as voice actors for some truly terrible characters that could have been voiced by anyone else and it not been even a little different. The film is a horror/comedy/'80s period piece film that fails to succeed as a horror film, a comedy, or even an '80s period piece.

The acting so bad that you will question if it is intentional and the dialogue has been succeeded in most first year screenwriting classes at your local film school. I really tried to like this film but found it to remind me of a dusty horror VHS that you would find in the back room on the bottom shelf of your local video store back in your day. The film that nobody would dare sit through... I mean, this film is a stinker with a capital S.

Originally a Hungarian 3D film, Ginger Clown is set in 1983 where a group of high school students (that drive '50s cars and look like they are FROM the '50s) trick a kid from their school, Sam (Ashley Lloyd) into sneaking into an old abandoned amusement park to prove his courage so he can win the affection of Jenny (Erin Hayes), the prettiest girl in his school (and the worst actress to ever grace the Silver Screen). Little does he know that the old park is full of frightening and somewhat eccentric monsters who love to torture innocent human beings while intensively annoying each other.

The film primarily takes place with the carnival itself with some interesting props and set pieces (even some of the lighting is akin to Dario Argento) and at night with some noticeable flood lights aimed at the actors to specifically separate them from the background. The film on the whole feels uninspired and a missed opportunity.

The image throughout is very grainy/noisy with some shots even having some distracting motion blur moments that take you out of the film (probably a fault in codec translation). The standard definition image is in anamorphic widescreen with an aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The sound mix is fine with a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. Subtitles are also on the disc in English and Spanish.

Extras include a Making of Featurette and a Trailer Gallery.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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