Killjoy (2000)

Movie


Killjoy (2000)

Three youngsters encounter an evil clown.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
USA
IMDb  2.6 /10
Creators
Director Craig Ross Jr.
Writer Carl Washington
Information
Release Date2000-10-24
Runtime1h 12mins
GenreFantasy, Horror
Content RatingR (Restricted)
Awards
CompanyBig City Pictures, Full Moon Pictures
CountryUSA
LanguageEnglish
Ángel Vargas
Ángel Vargas
Killjoy
Vera Yell
Vera Yell
Jada
Lee Marks
Lee Marks
Jamal
Dee Dee Austin
Dee Dee Austin
Monique (as 'D' Austin)
Micheal (as Jamal Grimes)
Corey Hampton
Corey Hampton
T-Bone
Rani Goulant
Rani Goulant
Baby Boy
Kahara (as Napiera Danielle Groves)
Penny Ford
Penny Ford
Singer
Dionne Rochelle
Dionne Rochelle
Tamara

Killjoy (film series)

Killjoy is an American-Chinese slasher film series which focuses on the titular Killjoy, a demonic clown who is summoned to assist revenge plots in all five films, only to prove too overwhelming for each character who calls him.


Films

FilmDirectorWriterProducer
Killjoy (2000)Craig RossCarl WashingtonMel Johnson, Jr. & Charles Band
Killjoy 2: Deliverance from Evil (2002)Tammi SuttonTammi SuttonCharles Band & J.R. Bookwalter
Killjoy 3 (2010)John LechagoJohn LechagoCharles Band
Killjoy Goes to Hell (2012)
Killjoy's Psycho Circus (2016)
Bunker of Blood 07: Killjoys Carnage Caravan (2019)

Produced by Full Moon Features, the series was established in 2000 with the eponymous first installment, starring Ángel Vargas. A sequel, Killjoy 2: Deliverance from Evil, followed in 2002, which saw Trent Haaga replace Vargas for the role of Killjoy due to Vargas being busy with other projects. In spite of the negative reception of both films, Full Moon filmed a third installment while shooting Puppet Master: Axis of Evil in China, and in 2010 Killjoy 3 was released. Haaga reprised his role for Killjoy 3, eight years after the release of the previous film.

The original film was essentially an effort in the blaxploitation genre, and this was carried over to a lesser extent in Deliverance from Evil. Both of these films consisted of a largely African American cast; however, this element was greatly diminished for Killjoy 3, which was presented as something of a teen-slasher film. The titular character, as a clown, makes a number of crude jokes throughout the first two installments, but Killjoy 3 appears to be a genuine effort in black comedy. The third installment was also a first in establishing that Killjoy can be summoned through a blood pact; two different spoken rituals are used in the earlier films. The first film had a significantly more generous budget than its sequel, at a projected $150,000, dwarfing the $30,000 budget of Deliverance from Evil.

Full Moon Features launched a Kickstarter in early August 2014 to help raise funds for their upcoming movie named Killjoy's Psycho Circus. The company announced that the Kickstarter would raise $60,000 dollars while the company itself would add another $100,000 to make sure the series was produced. Full Moon set a one-month limit to raise their funds. The Kickstarter ended on September 3, 2014 and was successful. Charles Band has been quoted as saying that this is the company's way of experimenting and bringing their brand into the modern way of filmmaking. The film eventually premiered on October 30, 2016, on the El Rey Network.


Characters

CharactersFilm
Killjoy
(2000)
Killjoy 2: Deliverance from Evil
(2002)
Killjoy 3
(2010)
Killjoy Goes to Hell
(2012)
Killjoy's Psycho Circus
(2016)
KilljoyAngel VargasTrent Haaga
JadaVera Yell
JamalLee Marks
Monique"D" Austin
MichaelJamal GrimesQuentin Miles
T-BoneCorey Hampton
Baby BoyRani Goulant
KaharaNapiera Danielle Groves
Homeless ManArthur Burghardt
LorenzoWilliam L. Johnson
SingerPenny Ford
TamaraDionelle Rochelle
Ray JacksonCarl Washington
NicCharles Austin
CharlotteOlimpia Fernandez
Denise MartinezDebbie Rochon
Harris ReddingLogan Alexander
EddieJermaine Cheeseborough
Ce-CeNicole Pulliam
KadjaRhonda Claerbaut
Ray-RayChoice Skinner
Batty BoopVictoria De Mare
SandieJessica Whitaker
RojerMichael Rupnow
ZillaSpiral Jackson
EricaOlivia Dawn York
PunchyAl Burke
FreakshowTai Chan Ngo
The ProfessorDarrow Igus
Skid MarkJohn Karyus
BeelzebubStephen Cardwell
Detective EricsonJason Robert Moore
Detective GrimleyCecil Burroughs
Dr. SimmonsRandy Mermell
BaliffIan Roberts
ScribeJim Tavaré
SamanthaVictoria Levine
JezebelLauren Lash
HandyTim Chizmar
LuannRobin Sydney

Reception

Jimmy Totheo of JoBlo expressed that the series is "cheesy b-movie goodness".