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Amusement (2008)

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4.5
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4 votes
Genres / Traits:
Horror, Sadistic Horror, Clowns
Director:
John Simpson John Simpson
Starring:
Keir O'Donnell Keir O'Donnell
Katheryn Winnick Katheryn Winnick
Laura Breckenridge Laura Breckenridge
Jessica Lucas Jessica Lucas
Tad Hilgenbrink Tad Hilgenbrink
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Review by TM
Added: March 19, 2010
For the past few trips to Blockbuster Video, I've walked through the "horror" section and have seen the movie Amusement sitting on the shelf. It looks creepy...It has a scary clown on the cover, it's in the HORROR section, and the cover entices you with the line "Your Fear. His Amusement". The cover alone made me pick up the case a few times, and even after reading the summary on the back, the movie looks like it would be a thriller.

Amusement is a horrible movie.

The plot of the movie is quite simple, and should have worked out decently. You meet one of the three girls in the story; Tabitha (Katheryn Winnick), Shelby (Laura Breckenridge), and Lisa (Jessica Lewis), and you follow them for a short period of time, witnessing what we'll call "the worst day of their life". Each girl's story is presented separately, and then all tied together a little later in the film. The gist of the story is that when the three girls were in elementary school, there was a boy in their class who made a fucked up diorama of a gutted squirrel, and they decided to tell the teacher about it. The boy was committed to a mental hospital, and when he grew up, he decided that it was time for revenge on the girls who had him sent away.

So great, you read the plot, and think "Yeah, this has potential...the killer would have a good reason for revenge, I can see how separately the girls "bad day" stories tie into this big story...". The first half of the movie is even pretty neat with some of the other gore that happens...but then we get to the half way point of the film. Everything starts to tie together in the movie, and it seems like there a lead-up to the ending starting to be formed, and then BAM! The movie comes to a dead stop. Once Tabitha realizes what's going on, it seems like the writers just said "Well now what the fuck do we do", and just slapped some lines together to finish out the movie. This is extremely poor form, and ruined what could have at least been a barely decent film.

As something billed as a horror movie, especially a movie that's come out in the past few years I would have at least expected one of two things coming into the film that have become "standards" of horror: (semi) nudity or lots of gore. The "violent" scenes are extremely bland, and don't really show anything, and there's no eye candy either. Usually, from what I've seen, if a movie is known as a throw-away movie, there's usually at least something fucked up to look at, or a pair of tits here and there. This movie fails on both fronts, but in a film full of fail, I wouldn't have expected anything else from them.

The ONLY redeeming part of the movie is the killer. The Laugh (that's right, The Laugh) does exactly what it sounds like...he laughs. The girls run into him, he does something fucked up or off, and he just starts laughing in this creepy but hilarious laugh.

3/10, just because of "The Laugh."
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Tristan #1: Tristan - added 03/19/2010, 05:01 PM
I always wanted to check this one out because of the amusing cover. Pun intended. High five.
Chad #2: Chad - added 04/04/2010, 05:40 AM
I just watched it, and yeah, agreed with the review. The opening scene was pretty good and had me thinking that this review was way off the mark, but after those first fifteen minutes, the movie just fell apart. A shame, really. 4/10.
TM #3: TM - added 04/05/2010, 08:20 AM
@Chad : I feel honored that you took my side after thinking I was "way off the mark", haha. I warned you ahead of time about it, as well.
385 #4: 385 - added 12/16/2010, 08:31 PM
I liked it. Obviously won't be ranking in the top of any lists, but I would definitely see myself coming back to it.
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