Movie Name: Killjoy 3
Studio: Full Moon Features
Release Date(s): December 14, 2010
MPAA Rating: R
Never cheat Killjoy (Trent Haaga). When he is summoned by a professor (Darrow Igus) and sent back without his meal of souls, Killjoy vows revenge. A group of students housesitting for the professor are delivered a mysterious mirror. When the mirror begins to capture them, they find Killjoy and his assistants Batty Boop (Victoria De Mare), Punchy the Clown (Al Burke), and Freakshow (Tai Chan Ngo) are trying to take their souls. When the professor returns to confront Killjoy, it will be a battle to the death.
Directed by John Lechago, Killjoy 3 was made after a big space between Killjoy 2: Deliverance from Evil which was released in 2002. Like most Full Moon films, the movie wasn’t well received, though many felt it was better than the previous Killjoy movies.
Killjoy 3 is better…but that doesn’t mean much when the previous films barely could be rated. This marginally better film casts Killjoy as almost a Freddy Krueger character (haunting a phantom world that he controls) combined with the Joker. Like Freddy, he spoofs movies like Rocky and other popular culture aspects and he feasts on souls while using “the Freddy Krueger humor”…unfortunately, it is bad humor.
The Joker aspect of Killjoy is that Killjoy has the clown thing (obviously), but his new entourage of clowns who are bad Joker assistants. The succubus Batty Boop is a complete rip off of Harley Quinn (but with painted on clothes). She even steals Harley Quinn’s accent and delivery…once again, just poorly. The sidekicks do liven up the script a bit and take out some of the awfulness of Killjoy.
In addition to a bit of a boost with the sidekicks, Killjoy 3 does have a bit better acting. This is all in comparison because the actors in Killjoy 1 and 2 might have had one acting lesson and a run through of lines before making those movies. These actors at least kind of developed some of the characters, like them or not.
The best part of the Killjoy series is that Full Moon is trying so hard to make Killjoy into a “legend”, like everyone talked about him growing up…Everyone seems to know who Killjoy is when his name is mentioned. The only thing that Killjoy’s name brings me is shudders…not in a good way. Killjoy 3 was followed by Killjoy 4: Killjoy Goes to Hell in 2012.