Review Date: October 26, 2000
Released by: Full Moon Pictures
Release date: 10/10/2000
Region 1, NTSC
Widescreen 1.85:1 | 16x9: No
Michael (Jamal Grimes) is a young man with no friends to speak of. Not only that, but he's been constantly teased and bullied throughout his life. When Michael meets Jada (Vera Yell) it looks as if things are going to change. He likes Jada and asks her out to their homecoming dance. It seems Jada likes him back but is worried about her on again/off again boyfriend, Lorenzo (William Johnson). Just as she starts to tell him she can't go to the dance with him, Lorenzo shows up and has one of his friends kick Michael's ass. He takes Monique and drives away, leaving Michael bruised and beaten on the sidewalk.
Michael returns home and performs some sort of black magic ritual over a clown doll named "Killjoy". He begins chanting "come alive, Killjoy...come alive". Nothing seems to happen, but before he has a chance to continue his chants he's interrupted by one of Lorenzo's friends. He calls Michael down to the street and when he goes down they drag him away in Lorenzo's car. They take him into a field and pretend they're about to kill him, eventually firing a gun at him that has no bullets. As they continue to fire, a bullet does come out and it kills Michael. Lorenzo and his friends flee the scene.
One year later - Jada and Lorenzo no longer have any sort of relationship. Jada begins seeing a man named Jamal (Lee Marks), even though she does still have feelings for Lorenzo. She thinks the past is behind her now, but things begin to get deadly on the anniversary of Michael's death. Lorenzo and his three friends are murdered by Killjoy (Angel Vargas) - a life size version of the small clown doll - who has come to avenge Michael's death. Killjoy recruits the undead trio of friends and heads after Jamal, Jada and her friend Monique ("D" Austin). It seems as if the Jada and her friends are doomed, but they do have the advice given to them by a homeless man (Arthur Burghardt) who knows that Michael raised Killjoy, and also knows how Killjoy can be defeated. They must use this advice to defeat Killjoy and his posse of undead.
Even at a running time of 72 minutes, Killjoy is a difficult movie to sit through. It seemed to me that it should be over after the first half hour, but it continued to drag on for another 42 minutes. The movie is slow, it has bad acting, some poor CGI effects and a weak story. While the CGI effects are bad, there are some decent non-cgi effects in there, such as Killjoy himself and his undead posse. Killjoy is not scary whatsoever, though that may have been intentional. I think they may have been going after the Chucky angle, but it didn't really work. I did find myself laughing at Killjoy, but only because of how ridiculous he looked. There's really nothing good about this movie and it's probably best to avoid it, unless you're a fan of particularly bad movies.
Full Moon presents Killjoy in a non-anamorphic widescreen transfer in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio. There is grain and MPEG artifacts that appear throughout various scenes, but it's not too distracting. Flesh tones appear well balance and colors are strong throughout the film. Image is sharp overall with only a few occasions where it gets a bit soft. Overall a good transfer, but for a movie made and released in 2000 it really shouldn't have any of the problems mentioned.
Killjoy is presented with a stereo soundtrack. Sound was balanced nicely with no distortion and clear dialogue throughout.
Not too many extras on this one. There's a 12 minutes behind-the-scenes featurette that contains interviews with the cast and crew explaining their parts. It was moderately interesting, but I did get a bit scared when they started talking about Killjoy sequels.
Also included is a theatrical trailer.
Sadly there was really nothing about this movie that I liked. Fans should certainly decide on their own whether they like it or not, but I'd recommend renting it to decide. Transfer is good and there are a couple of extras, which certainly helps justify the $19.98 price tag.
Movie - D-
Image Quality - B+
Sound - A-
Supplements - C
- Running Time - 1 hour 12 minutes
- Rated R
- 1 Disc
- Chapter stops
- Stereo sound
- Behind-the-scenes featurette
- Theatrical trailer