Friday, September 2, 2016

Funnyman (1994)

aka Funny Man

How bad is it? Attempted cult film is very hit-and-miss.
Should you see it? If you're more into unique than good, maybe.

This is a British attempt to create a Freddy Krueger/Jason Voorhees type character and it has its devotees, mostly British, so maybe it's a cultural thing (like: a man in a dress is always funny in England and not in the U.S.) Christopher Lee loses a mansion in a card game, so he conjures up a killer court jester and then disappears to collect his paycheck. The cast is just fodder for the evil clown, who kills in admittedly inventive ways, sometimes quite surreally, and then makes a joke (which never lands). There's a duck gun, a puppet decapitation, a high heel to the eye and, in the best sequence, a hand becoming a rocket launcher. One character is an impersonation of Velma (named "Velma!") of "Scooby Doo." It's a real mixed bag, odd just to be odd and so might merit watching just to see something different.

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