Directed by John Lechago
Expectations: I just hope it’s not the slog that part 2 was.
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On the B-Movie scale:
Holy shit! Killjoy 3: Killjoy’s Revenge was everything I could have wanted out of a Killjoy movie! I lament the fact that it’s no longer an “urban,” blaxploitation-influenced series, but other than that Killjoy 3 delivers big time. I would go so far to say that it’s not only the most fun Killjoy film, it’s also the best Full Moon movie of the last few years. Evil Bong 2 was pretty fun in its own way, but Killjoy 3 delivers on a whole different level.
The film opens with a short scene where “The Professor” summons Killjoy. The demon senses a great need in the man, so he creates three devious minions to help him in this quest for vengeance: Punchy the Hobo Clown, Freakshow the Mime (complete with a Kuato-style baby attached to his side), and Batty Boop, a hot girl in full clown body paint. But then the Professor reneges on the deal by picking up a book(?) and Killjoy is not amused! Back to the nether realms he goes, but first he vows to have his own revenge on this dastardly professor! The tables have turned. But wait Killjoy 3, you had me at “Kuato-style baby attached to his side.”
This is Lechago’s fourth film, and I have to say, it was really well made. Killjoy 3 was filmed in China at the same time Full Moon was shooting Puppet Master: Axis of Evil there, but Killjoy 3 is definitely the better film, by a long shot. In Puppet Master the sets were rather poorly dressed and threadbare (even if they did feature some amazingly well-crafted wooden, stand-in kitchen appliances), but in Killjoy they are dressed well enough to not make you wonder if it’s all just a back corner of a Chinese warehouse in disguise. Beyond the sets, Killjoy 3 is well-edited and shot, feeling much more like a real movie than many of Full Moon’s other recent films. It still has that modern sheen to it, and an over-reliance on poor CG in spots, but the sheer fun of Killjoy 3 overrides nearly all complaints you can throw its way.
Killjoy 3 is a revelation for the series, taking it to new heights and creating a fun, horrific little movie. Sure, it’s predictable, but it’s dumb fun and it’s only like seventy minutes. I’m sad the black has been drained out of the series, but I’m glad that Full Moon resurrected Killjoy with such a strong effort, something you can’t generally say about their sequels years after the original… I’m looking at you Demonic Toys 2. Full Moon also recently announced that “the team behind Killjoy 3” will be bringing us all Killjoy 4: Killjoy Goes to Hell. Bring it on.
Next time I’ll be checking out the latest Full Moon film, Zombies vs. Strippers! The trailer is rather gory, so I have high hopes!