Well, the Christmas season is over. All the presents have been opened, the leftovers are rotting in the fridge and you’re most likely still whining about that sweater you’ve received from your Aunt Bedelia. Now, if you’re like me, you’ve been haunting the Christmas clearance aisles at Target and K-Mart for stuff to prepare for next years Christmas. (I for one have it on good authority that Phil Fasso has been stalking the aisles for a replacement copy of The Notebook. Haha.). But, if you’re not like me, than you’re most likely watching a good horror movie. And today I’ve got a review of a new movie from what is an old face in the horror world. Today’s topic of discussion is NO CLOWNING AROUND.
NO CLOWNING AROUND is the brainchild of Rob Dimension, who’s been somewhat of a Renaissance man in the horror world. He’s the host of podcasts, he’s the moderator of many, many, many Q&A’s at Monster-Mania conventions, a host of his own horror show, and now he can add director, writer and actor to his resume with this foray into film. And for a first time director, he didn’t do too bad…
NO CLOWNING AROUND is a short film, clocking in at under 30 minutes. In it, we meet Mumbles The Clown, a formerly successful children’s TV host. But, it seems time has not been kind to Mumbles. Mumbles seems to have run out of work, become depressed and drowned his sorrows in bottles while succumbing to depression and alcohol. It seems the only thing that drives him during the movie is his hatred for local a-hole Lenny (played by notable wrestling bad guy/jerk Steve Corino.). After deciding that enough was enough and guided by his puppet sidekick Mr. Peepers and the corpse of his girlfriend Trixie, Mumbles finally snaps and takes matters in his own hands…
Now, as I pointed out, this movie is a rather short trip into insanity. But a pretty darn good one. NO CLOWNING AROUND had to rely heavily on a very low budget and first time actors and director. As far as the acting goes, it’s pretty solid all around by all involved. Rob Dimension himself plays Mumbles and does a pretty good job, finding that insanity and pressure very well. And his conflict with Lenny is a pretty fun aspect of the movie as well. Maybe it’s the wrestling fan in me, but I’ve always said Steve Corino plays an excellent jerk, so his role of the bully-like Lenny was the role he was meant to play.
Production for a low budget movie, as said by Lloyd Kaufman, can be hell. But, all in all this movie is pretty solid and a very fun watch. For a movie under 30 minutes, it tells a story, gives a good character and ended with me asking, “Is there more to the story of Mumbles?”. I certainly hope we see more from Rob with the story of Mumbles, be it a sequel, prequel or whatever. After watching the movie, I feel this comes off as a throwback to 1980s low budget, straight to VHS movies that we all loved finding on the shelves and took home and became our favorite cult classics. In fact, I dare say this could be a new cult classic just waiting to be discovered.
In fact, Rob could be onto something. It may be a bold statement, but I think Mumbles could be a major player some day in horror. And that could be something to look forward to.
So, here’s to Rob Dimension and his film NO CLOWNING AROUND. A great effort and a fun movie to watch!
–Chad E. Young