Growing up in Fishtown I found the most entertaining part of this short film to be identifying the areas of Girard Avenue where it was shot. The main character Joe delivers his lines in a slow and strange manner and often comes across like a bad Kung Fu movie over dubbing. As the movie goes on it seems like he is meant to be portrayed as having a drinking problem, however, his speech does not come across as sluggish or being slurred as much as it seems like poor emphasis at the wrong moments.
After delivering some treats to his neighborhood convenient store owner, he takes notice to a new clown statue that the owner has placed out front as a means to drum up business. It is hard to tell if he is creeped out or turned on by the clown faced, dime store totem as his words say aroused and intrigued but his body language is seemingly saying he is confused as to why the owner would think this was a good idea. On what I think is meant to be a drunken stumble back home, he comes across like a poorly played Randall from Clerks more than a drunken metal head with a feeling of being followed.
As the setting changes to his house, he is being portrayed as a slacker/squatter who can afford Grey Goose Vodka but is still watching his favorite film on VHS. After only a few sips of the high end libation he passes only to awaken to the smell of something burning, the source of which is never really revealed however he does discover the store owner lying dead on his kitchen floor surrounded by balloons and confetti. While this is enough to startle him, coming across the come-to-life clown statue in his living room playing coy with a rubber knife turns out to be more of a cause for arousal than for alarm. Even after overpowering him and sending him to the ground, this hardcore horror fan is still game for the sexy play.
While clowns themselves can be scary enough for most people, this short film leaves you scratching your head more than shivering in fear. The main character is definitely set up to be somewhat of a buffoon whose sexual tastes can be a bit twisted however even combined with the idea that he is a bit tipsy, it is still not enough to make his overall calm reaction a believable one. Since it comes across as though he is a hardcore horror fan, his willingness to overlook the ominous tone of the events unfolding just for a chance to score a hook up, doesn’t come across as a natural or realistic reaction to the scenario.
Even though they do a great job of making the clown have a bit of sex appeal without making her look like a typical Halloween “sexy clown costume,” she still comes across sinister enough to make anybody think twice about reciprocating her flirtations. Especially when that person is a horror fan. It wasn’t as if he met her earlier in the night at a costume party, a few short hours before you’re waking up to dead bodies in your house she was nothing more than a quickie mart mascot. Not to mention the level of which he is played as a moron does not even inspire much sympathy for him as he dives head first into an obvious and unoriginal horror movie device.
Overall this short film leaves a bad taste, like after you’ve sucked on a rubber knife put in your mouth by a large browed, green faced, femme joker.