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Circus Kane (2017)

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A reclusive circus master invites a group of social media stars to his house of haunts. Anyone who can make it out before being scared into submission will earn $250,000 - but the stars ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonathan Lipnicki ... Scott
Tim Abell ... Balthazar Kane
Richard Moll ... Pale Man
Mark Christopher Lawrence ... Billy
Victoria Konefal ... Tracy
Nicole Arianna Fox ... Carrie
Ted Monte ... Big Ed
Cameron Jebo ... Greg
Sinjin Rosa ... Jake
Erin Micklow ... Roxy
Bill Voorhees Bill Voorhees ... The Clown
Paul Logan ... Valentine
Weston Cage Coppola ... Doorman (as Weston Cage)
Scott Thomas Reynolds ... Clown Henchman
James Cullen Bressack ... Customer
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A reclusive circus master invites a group of social media stars to his house of haunts. Anyone who can make it out before being scared into submission will earn $250,000 - but the stars soon learn they are not only competing for money, but also fighting for their lives. Written by Gerald Webb

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8 September 2017 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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A very lame game at the circus
26 March 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Saw 'Circus Kane' as someone with an appreciation for horror and who found the premise oddly interesting. Despite it not being a unique one and one that could have gone either way in execution, it sounded pretty decent and if done right could have made a guilty pleasure sort of film.

What 'Circus Kane' was instead was a very lame, if not irredeemable, film that did very little with its premise and its setting. The setting is the best thing about the film, to me also the only good thing, and is pretty creepy. Even that feels wasted, a shame because it was the one thing that was done pretty well and deserved better than what the rest of 'Circus Kane' turned out to be. Didn't get the sense as such that it didn't even try, other low-budget films seen recently have done a far worse job at that, but did get the sense that it didn't do what to do with itself.

The setting apart, 'Circus Kane' looks cheap. Photography was drab and the editing, while not incoherent as such, was sloppy. Faring worst were the special effects, their ineptitude and intelligence insulting cheapness being an assault on the senses.

'Circus Kane's' villain was not menacing or threatening, actually veering on the goofy side of things. In all fairness the material was cheesy and lacking in suspense, and the action was not disturbing, brutal or scary no matter how much gratuitous and cheap-looking gore or supposedly creepy but actually laughable imagery there was.

Its obvious and over-bearing sound really annoys and hinders the impact of any scares or suspense when they are telegraphed when being built up that they become predictable.

Script constantly sounds stilted and even cheesier than a large cheeseburger. The story is dull, lacking in any kind of atmosphere, tension or suspense and insults the intelligence by how ridiculous and confused it tends to be.

No better news about the characters or acting, the latter being one of the worst assets of 'Circus Kane'. The characters are bland and obnoxious, either or and in a few cases both, with truly dumb illogical decision making that makes them and even the viewer stupid and make one endear to them even less (and you don't even like them in the first place). The acting is a bad mix of over-compensating and disinterested. Jonathan Lipnicki with this film has fallen such a long way since his adorable child actor days.

Overall, very lame and does nothing with something that could have worked. 2/10 Bethany Cox


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