Clownhouse (1989, d. Victor Salva)
Just back from an unsettling night at the circus, and home alone, three young brothers are terrorized by three escaped mental patients dressed as circus clowns. This movie is about confronting childhood fears, identity questions, and sexual anxiety. Taking it more logically, I didn’t understand why the clowns wanted to get into the house or why they thought disguising themselves in white face and hoop-waist pants would make them inconspicuous.
This movie became notorious years after its release when one of the young cast members came forward that the director had molested him during production. Somebody who wants to pick it apart will find a lot of analogous behavior between the scary clowns and the decision by the director to frequently show the tween boys in their underpants. It left me feeling a little dirty. But to anybody who pervs on that, I say. “Bon appetite, Short Eyes!”