Cinepocalypse 2018 is slowly wrapping up. Our second to last film we will be reviewing is Gags. Coulrophobes, beware!
I remember hearing about this real life spooky clown that terrorized Wisconsin. It went viral on all social media, and gave good clowns everywhere a bad name. After seeing this film, you’ll hate them even more…
This thrilling horror draw was directed by Adam Krause, who co-wrote the screenplay with John Pata. The cast includes Lauren Ashley Carter, Tracy Perez, Aaron Christensen, Evan Gamble, Eric Heuvelman, and more. You check out our review of the short that the film was based on right here.
Official Synopsis for Gags:
It’s been eight days since the clown first showed up in Green Bay, WI. Now, over the course of one night, four different groups of people cross paths with the clown everyone calls “Gags” and his true intentions are finally revealed.
I’m not a huge fan of found footage type of films, but this one took me by surprise. It started out slow, but it soon picked up. In doing so, it delivered a fun, mysterious, and dangerous story that I got invested in.
When I think about it… it’s hard not to obsess over a mysterious clown that just shows up out of nowhere. Everyone is talking about it, it’s everywhere you look on social media, and there’s really no escaping it. The story follows different groups of people who are tracking down Gags for one reason for or another, but in the end, it’s a deadly quest for all.
I enjoyed all of the performances, but Lauren Ashley Carter was a true gem, as always. I love her sense of humor and drive. The podcast man was also one of my favorite characters. He was over the top arrogant, and his theory of taking down Gags was comical, yet somewhat brave. I know I wouldn’t go looking for some bizarre clown and confront him about the fear he’s causing. No way, no how.
Gags himself is truly terrifying, like the Michael Myers of clowns. His nonverbal presence, along with his black and white appearance, is far more creepy than a wise-cracking clown. Nothing is funny about him.
The end was one of the best parts and was pretty fucked up. The moment they step into the tent and a group of people sitting in chairs slowly turn their head is such a hair rising scene. Memorable and horrifying.
Final Thoughts on Gags:
I was already not a big fan of clowns. I think they’re all kind of creepy, though I wouldn’t say they terrify me. However, if I ever saw Gags the Clown, I would probably piss my pants and run until my legs gave out. The dude is creepy! I love how this story played out. It was an interesting, well paced, and overall pretty impressive. Definitely one of the creepiest films I’ve watched this year!
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