You may recall that a few months back we did a story about Tim Sullivan (2001 Maniacs, Driftwood) making first mention of a new film he was working on called Clowns (““>Sullivan Talks Clowns, Blood” – December 2007).
Back then all we knew was that it was something he and writing partner Chris Kobin had written for Tobe Hooper, who since moved on from the project. Now I know what it’s all about, and don’t worry; it’s not about psychopaths dressed as clowns terrorizing people. It is about an ancient race of creatures who are the inspiration for modern-day clowns, though they’re none to happy about it. Their goal is to track down a descendant who isn’t aware of her strange heritage but is destined to find out on her 16th birthday, a birthday that is being celebrated in a pretty extravagant manner, I should add. Mayhem ensues.
The roots of the story go back to ancient Egypt, believe it or not, travelling to current times as we follow this family of what outwardly may look like regular clowns leaving a trail of bodies across a small town over the course of a day. They’re not regular clowns, however, as we soon learn. Their makeup doesn’t run, they all sprout horns under their funny hats, their noses are fake, and their trick flowers are actually fleshy protrusions on their chest that shoot a highly toxic acid. And they don’t like balloons either.
While the concept may sound somewhat serious, the script is actually a lot of fun. As long as Tim takes the right approach with Clowns, I think a lot of us will enjoy it. Look for my full script review soon!
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