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Clowns freak me out. Especially clown dolls – as my sister used to have one that sat in a rocking chair when I was younger that scared the shit out of me, thanks mostly in part to a little film called Poltergeist. Hey – speaking of that movie! There’s a 1988 Italian horror movie called Ghosthouse (written and directed by Umberto Lenzi) that pretty much blatantly steals the look of the clown from Poltergeist. Issa ok though, because it’s still creepy as fuck AND has an accompanying ‘creepy as fuck’ song (thanks to composer Piero Montanari) to minimize the plagiarism.
Zoinks! That clown made me wet myself. He’s super, but the real champ of the scene and of the movie might be that song that pops up about every 2 minutes. Ghosthouse was actually a first watch for me the other night, and I recommend it if you’re looking for a ‘so bad it’s good’ 80’s horror movie with no real plot. Fun fact: There’s a sequel called Witchery that stars both Linda Blair AND David Hasselhoff! Yeah. Chew on that for a minute.