Movie Name: Killjoy
Studio: Full Moon Pictures
Release Date(s): October 24, 2000
MPAA Rating: R
A bullied kid named Michael (Jamal Grimes) is accidentally killed Lorenzo (William L. Johnson) and his friends who are trying to scare him away from Lorenzo’s girl Jada (Vera Yell). Unfortunately, Michael has unleashed a demon named Killjoy (Angel Vargas) that has taken the form of a clown in an ice cream truck. Now, Killjoy is out to avenge Michael and kill the men who put him in his early grave.
Directed by Craig Ross, Killjoy was a straight-to-DVD release by Big City Pictures and Full Moon Pictures and panned by audiences and critics. The movie has two sequels which can usually be picked up with the original film for a steal (for good reason).
Killjoy is everything you could do wrong in a movie. If you and your friends have a camera however, it can show you how you can make a movie and actually get it released. The actors are all awful, and I’m guessing just knew each other because if this was the best they could do for a casting call, the level of actors is even lower than I thought.
It would be something if Killjoy looked good and was the least bit edgy. The movie is crystal clean and looks like it was shot on a cheap bargain camera…scenes like Killjoy spitting bullets back at a man who attacked him just looks like the makers got a cheap copy of After Effects. The “big” budget would probably be the ice cream truck that Killjoy uses to lure his victims (don’t really get the tie there other than it could be ripping off Twisted Metal’s Sweet Tooth character). Once inside the truck (with all characters just suddenly appearing in a warehouse), Killjoy attacks them…slowly and with no style.
Killjoy also is the least threatening clown in the horror world. With so many scary clowns, I don’t know how the makers managed to make a non-scary clown while trying to make a scary clown. The movie’s multiple endings makes you just wish the movie would end…and end…and end.
Killjoy is a horrible movie and barely watchable. Like many Full Moon titles it is more for the fun and laughability of the film, but Killjoy verges on the edge of being able to make fun of it since it is so bad. Killjoy was followed by Killjoy 2: Deliverance from Evil in 2002.