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Monday, August 4, 2014

REVIEW: 100 TEARS (Unearthed Films DVD) - Gore of a Clown

Clown Horror seems to either go for the big top angle or the homicidal maniac twist... or aliens who drink people wrapped in cotton candy cocoons. There are some notable exceptions to this rule with the short film No Clowning Around from Rob Dimension, but for the most part they seem to either go to the circus or take the vigilante route. Today we are discussing 100 Tears which follows a vengeful clown, accused of a crime he did not commit on a revenge driven rampage which seems to combine the big top creepers with the maniacal vigilant films that acts as an amalgam of the two. Unearthed Films certainly gave this cult classic a nice packaging job and solid extra package, but what of the movie itself? Do you like the red stuff? Do you like gore?


Synopsis from Unearthed Films:

After being accused of crimes he did not commit, a lonely circus performer exacts his revenge on those who unjustly condemned him. The act sparks something inside of him which he cannot stop and now, years later, his inner-demons have truly surfaced. Part urban legend, part tabloid sensationalism... he is now an unstoppable murderous juggernaut, fueled only by hate.

Going to the circus will never be the same!



Let's the two main points of interest in 100 Tears. I think that's the easiest way to discuss the main points of this particular style of movie. They are GORE and plot.

Gore: Is absolutely brilliantly cheesey with splatter on nearly every frame and fake heads flying off all the time. It's perfectly fake, but that's what makes it so damn enjoyable. The sound the over-sized meat cleaver makes when it hits human flesh is hysterical. I mean this made the entire movie a lot of fun. Blood splattered on the wall. Limbs sliced off over and over and over again. So many severed heads... how many you ask? LOTS.  How about intestines? Do you like intestines dropping out of the human body at rapid speed? Me too. It's all in there.

Plot: standard issue revenge plot. Not much going on. I honestly didn't care if our maniac clown got revenge or not as long as he kept hacking off limbs. When the limbs and blood stop flying, I start snoozing. That simply means one thing... KEEP THE GORE COMING! Don't sit back and psychoanalyze our evil anti-hero, just enjoy watching him torment as many people as he can before someone figures a way out to stop him.

Extras include a making of feature, behind the scenes reel and a new behind the scenes and outtakes feature. There's a new audio commentary. You wanna see something pretty fucking cool? Check out director, Marcus Koch's childhood films on the disc! The reversible cover features some of my favorite art I've seen in that retro 80's slasher style. Good look. Good font.

Usually in a picture like 100 Tears I like to see more nudity.... so that's a criticism of min. Also, I like a little bit of plot with my gore. I can't say that I disliked 100 Tears, but I wanted to have more than bad dialogue filler in between blood-lettings given the production value of the thing (decidedly low). I admire the effort and attention to gore. Gore is important and in fact I'll remember this movie because of the B or Z grade effects throughout, but not because it was bad but because it was gushy and sensory. I couldn't smell it, but I think I stepped in it and felt it between my toes.

Long live the gore!



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