Pennywise is going to make a new friend this weekend when Bloody Disgusting and Doppelgänger Releasing (the genre label of arthouse distributor Music Box Films) unleash Gags the Clown on horror fans everywhere.
NOW AVAILABLE in limited theaters and on all VOD platforms and the horror-comedy takes place 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.
Our very own Patrick Bromley reviewed the film out of last year’s World Premiere at the Cinepocalypse Film Festival, celebrating “the streak of incredibly dark humor that runs through it,” while also promising quite the payoff.
The feature film debut for director Adam Krause was inspired by the viral media frenzy and worldwide phenomenon of ‘clown roaming’ sparked by his sixteen-minute short film “Gags” in 2016.
Also check out our previous Bloody Disgusting Presents/Doppelganger Releasing titles (Hagazussa, Heavy Trip, Gags the Clown) now on VOD and DVD/Blu-ray through Music Box Films. Browse our full catalog of productions and releases here.
“Not to sound all ‘I started that,’ but I started that,” said Krause in a previous interview over at Birth Movies Death with Deirdre Crimmins. “We filmed the short in secret and released photos of the ‘sightings’ because I wanted to convince my town that there was a creepy clown wandering the streets late at night. We released the pictures August 1, 2016, and it blew up. From that point on it went viral very quickly. I announced that it was just a short film eight days later, but that didn’t stop the craze from kicking into high gear.”
Using these actual events as a jumping off point, Gags the Clown unfolds during a single night in Green Bay, Wisconsin when a mysterious clown bearing ominous black balloons appears to terrorize the town. As a local news reporter, played by horror veteran Lauren Ashley Carter (Darling, Pod, Imitation Girl, The Mind’s Eye, Jug Face), scrambles to reveal Gags’ true identity and the police attempt to maintain order in a city that is starting to go clown crazy, a group of high schoolers see Gags’ arrival as an excuse to cause a little copycat trouble themselves. Throwing even more gas on this dumpster-fire night, a far-right podcast host-seeking law and order decides to live stream his “clown hunt” on social media as the world watches on in horror.
“Gags the Clown is a scary, creatively shot and often-times humorous look at how the arrival of one mysterious clown can turn a city upside down and inside out…literally,” added Krause.
After today’s limited theatrical and VOD run, a home entertainment release will follow later in the year. Send in the killer clowns!