Thursday, December 27, 2012

Your Party Clown Has Arrived

Bozo. Shakes. Pennywise. Clown Dog. Grimm. Vulgar. The annals of clowndom are filled with psychos, sad sacks, and killers from outer space. Mumbles, the anti-hero of the short No Clowning Around, falls somewhere between Shakes and Vulgar. He drinks hard, curses, dates junkies, pals around with foul mouthed Muppets and generally creates chaos wherever he goes. He doesn't take his job as a clown seriously, but he takes being a clown very seriously.

The film has a Clerks vibe throughout, which is a plus in my book. A fella in a thankless job, wanting more out of life, but not quite badly enough to actually do anything about it.

Mumbles reaches his breaking point, though, when his girlfriend Trixie ODs. Through flashback we are introduced to Lenny, a big dude that on a previous occasion beat the hell out of Trixie. Mumbles packs Trixie's body in his car and, along with his puppet friend, heads to Lenny's (who is presently preparing a grilled cheese) to dole out his revenge. In a scene after the Chiodo Brothers' own hearts, Mumbles disembowels Lenny and makes balloon animals with his intestines.

Set to an excellent little score by Burn the Darkness, No Clowning Around offers a peek into the mind of a clown who has given up on life, and whose depression is manifesting in the form of a little puppet dude. In the 30-minute running time, we get a nice glimpse into his world (enough to know it's a messy one we don't want to live in), but maybe with a little funding and a full-length feature, we could get to know him better. Rob Dimension stars as Mumbles as well co-directs with Matthew Burd. Bonus: this screener had a fun little gag reel.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Back from the Dead...

Greetings.  We've been absent from the blogging scene for a bit -- but with good reason.  That reason being this...

MiloMeet Milo.  He's the little 6-month-old monster who has been occupying quite a bit of our time recently.  And we're not complaining!  He's a cuddly bundle of snot, poo, giggles and joy.  He's Baby Popcorn -- he's even been to two horror cons (not counting the ones he went to while in the womb).

With that being said -- we're getting back into the blogging game.  Lists.  Reviews.  The works.  We've been more active on Twitter these past few months -- and as we settle into our new Milo Mayhem (I wish that was actually his middle name) routine, we're getting back into the groove of all things.  Bloody Popcorn included.  Hell, we've even gone to the movies a few times -- thanks to our babysitting tag team of Granny O & Auntie J.

Be in touch soon, friends :)