03rd Sep2019

‘Clownado’ Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Linnea Quigley, Eileen Dietz, Joel D. Wynkoop, John O’Hara, Rachel Lagen, Bobby Westrick, Antwoine Steele, Dilynn Fawn Harvey, Jeremy Todd, Douglas Epps | Written and Directed by Todd Sheets


Veteran low-budget show-on-video horror legend Todd Sheets sits back in his directors chair for Clownado, his new horror flick that he also wrote. Now, I’ve seen a bunch of Sheets films in the past, so I was excited to check this one out, his gory story of demonic clowns who embark upon a massacre with the use of… well, tornadoes of course. I mean, the sound of that alone was enough for me to double-shot my coffee cup, grab some snacks and sit in the dark with a big dumb grin on my face, ready to see Sheets in action again.

There are a mix of horror mainstays and legends in here, like Linnea Quigley (Return of the Living Dead) and Eileen Dietz (The Exorcist) as well as plenty of regulars from previous Sheets films, such as Douglas Epps (Bonehill Road) and Bobby Westrick (Madhouse). If you’re accustomed to SOV horror then you’ll likely know what to expect in terms of how this looks, and if you’re a Todd Sheets fan, or have experienced his films before, then you might know what to expect from the tone and feel of Clownado. I wasn’t disappointed. There’s horror galore, psychotic clowns, buckets of blood, scantily clad characters and that typical comedic edge that pulls it all together nicely. It is, really, just a bloody good fun ride from start to end, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

John O’Hara (Sleepless Nights) plays Big Ronnie, head honcho of the gang of killer clowns, and he’s terrific in the role. The clowns themselves are designed well, and look great. There are creepy elements here, amidst the schlocky silliness that fills most of the films hour and a half run-time. I’ve always found that’s the case with Todd Sheets, or my experiences with his films. There are super-corny and silly things all over the place, but there’s a dark humour under each crack in the pavement and smirk on the characters faces. Sheets isn’t usually this funny or silly, though, and that’s cool to see. It’s like he unleashed his funny bone onto the page for a while. It’s hard to dislike Clownado because, if you’re in the right frame of mind, it can be just really easy to enjoy. It’s a story of a rabble of evil clowns against a ragtag group of survivors. There’s no depth here, no subtlety. It’s not moving, it doesn’t always look the best, not all of the performances aren’t always glossy or overly great, but dammit, it’s fun.

There’s a real sense of homage flying through Clownado, a feeling that Sheets, who is obviously having a good time here, is nodding towards some of his inspirations and influences. Killer Klowns from Outer Space immediately, for obvious reasons, came to mind, among others. The serious nature of some of Sheets’ previous films isn’t really present, like I said, and is instead coated in a visceral balls-out wackiness.

Over-the-top acting (which is to be expected) and more blood than a Kubrick elevator, Clownado is a ton of cackling clownish fun. O’Hara steals the show every time he’s on screen, and the increasing body-count and sheer spectacle of silliness made this a totally entertaining experience. I had a good time with this, and though there are obvious flaws when it comes to the performances, the digital effects and the pretty shallow plot, it pulls you back with its purity of being what it is, without apology. The clowns are a hoot, and Todd Sheets direction is on point. If you dig this kind of thing, I recommend giving Clownado a try.

Clownado is available on VOD now, the DVD debuts on September 17th.

2 Responses to “‘Clownado’ Review”

  • Todd Sheets

    Thank you so much! With so many trolls and haters attacking myself and this movie this week I appreciate this more than words. You made my week!!!

  • Doug

    This was a great review and I’m glad you had a fun time!!!!