Killjoy’s Psycho Circus (2016)

killjoy5_1Starring Trent Haaga, Victoria De Mare, Tai Chan Ngo, Al Burke, Robin Sydney, Stephen F. Cardwell, Lauren Nash, Tim Chizmar, Victoria Levine

Directed by John Lechago

Expectations: Moderate to high.

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John Lechago’s Killjoy films have been the shining star of Full Moon’s modern efforts, easily outpacing just about every one of the studio’s other recent efforts. I was so taken with Killjoy 3: Killjoy’s Revenge (and to a lesser extent Killjoy Goes to Hell), that I made it a point to check out all of Lechago’s other films. I really enjoyed them all — especially Blood Gnome — and they exhibit the same low-budget ingenuity and ambition apparent in his Killjoy films. So I definitely went into his latest film, Killjoy’s Psycho Circus, with an expectation to enjoy it. Instead I came away hoping it’s the end of the Killjoy series (although I know it won’t be).

Killjoy’s Psycho Circus sees the clown (Trent Haaga) in his new semi-mortal state achieved at the end of Killjoy Goes to Hell. He’s hosting his own talk show called Killjoy’s Psycho Circus, and Batty Boop (Victoria De Mare) has tired of his antics and left him. Meanwhile, Beelzebub (Stephen F. Cardwell) is put on trial for losing Killjoy in the last film, and now he’s tasked with bringing Killjoy’s soul back to hell. He simply requests one thing to do this job: a massive space ship! Why? Who cares? Killjoy’s going to space!

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Killjoy Goes to Hell (2012)

AKA Killjoy 4

Starring Trent Haaga, Victoria De Mare, Al Burke, Tai Chan Ngo, John Karyus, Aqueela Zoll, Jason R. Moore, Cecil Burroughs, Randy Mermell, Stephen F. Cardwell, Lisa Goodman, Ian Roberts, Jim Tavaré, Jessica Whitaker

Directed by John Lechago

Expectations: Moderately high. The last one was great, and the buzz has been very positive.

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Coming off the impressive Killjoy 3: Killjoy’s Revenge, writer/director John Lechago is back to bring Full Moon fans another dose of the demon clown whether they wanted it or not. (And rest assured, there will most definitely be a Part 5.) Thankfully, Killjoy Goes to Hell lives up to the previous series entry, and although I liked Part 3 better, this one is still pretty damn good for a modern Full Moon movie. It’s easily the best produced film from the studio since the last Killjoy film, and it’s quite impressive the amount of play they were able to squeeze out of a few simple sets.

Like the title suggests, in this one Killjoy goes to hell, but not for a relaxing vacation… he’s on trial! All these people slipping through his fingers over the course of the series have been adding up, and the devious girl still alive at the end of Killjoy 3 (Jessica Whitaker) is the last straw. So when an old hag summons Killjoy after finding part of his face in a trash heap (one of my favorite moments), she promptly delivers him to the devil and we’re thrust deep into a courtroom drama that only Full Moon could deliver. Move over 12 Angry Men! Step aside A Few Good Men! Killjoy’s back and he’s funnier than ever!

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