Back in February I got a chance to see this movie at Days of the Dead and had a feeling that I was going to enjoy it based on the high energy trailer. I missed its first showing due to unforeseen drinking, but the next day we were able to beg the guys at Jabb Pictures to show it again. In retrospect, I owe Jason Hoover some drinks because Circus of the Dead is top notch, batshit-crazy fun that you rarely get these days. Director Billy Pon takes us on a tour-de-force of depravity and violence that is mean-spirited but in all the most enjoyable (and dare I say fun) ways.
The story picks up in rural Texas and introduces us to a band of sicko Clowns. The ringleader, Papa Corn (played by the stellar Bill Oberst Jr), leads his gang of merry weirdos in a game of randomized terror. The target is an average Joe named Donald and they explain that in order to save his family, he will have to do whatever they tell him. What we get is a tale of what a man is capable of when it comes to the people he cherishes the most.
Bill Oberst Jr steals the show and gives a career defining performance. He owns this character and gives life to a role that would be cliche otherwise. The direction and writing is impressive and manages to tell a story without expository dialogue and unneeded role players. Unfortunately there is not an official release date yet, but we can cross our fingers. If there are any screenings near you, run (don’t walk!) to the box office and fork over your hard earned dollars for an experience that will stick with you for years to come.