GenreFantasy, Horror Initial DVD releaseNovember 14, 2000 WriterCarl Washington LanguageEnglish
Release date2000–present CastÁngel Vargas (Killjoy), Vera Yell (Jada), Lee Marks (Jamal), Carl Washington (Ray Jackson), Jamal Grimes (Michael), Dee Dee Austin (Monique) Similar moviesKilljoy movies
TaglineHe's playing for life... he's not playing for laughs...
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Killjoy is a horror film franchise which focuses on the titular Killjoy, a demonic clown who is summoned to assist revenge plots in all three films, only to prove too overwhelming for each character who calls him. Produced by Full Moon Features, the series was established in 2000 with the eponymous first installment, starring Ángel Vargas. A sequel, Killjoy 2: Deliverance from Evil, followed in 2002, which saw Trent Haaga replace Vargas for the role of Killjoy due to Vargas being busy with other projects. In spite of the negative reception of both films, Full Moon filmed a third installment while shooting Puppet Master: Axis of Evil in China, and in 2010 Killjoy 3 was released. Haaga reprised his role for Killjoy 3, eight years after the release of the previous film.
The original film was essentially an effort in the blaxploitation genre, and this was carried over to a lesser extent in Deliverance from Evil. Both of these films consisted of a largely African American cast, however this element was greatly diminished for Killjoy 3, which was presented as something of a teen-slasher film. The titular character, as a clown, makes a number of crude jokes throughout the first two installments, however Killjoy 3 appears to be a genuine effort in black comedy. The third installment was also a first in establishing that Killjoy can be summoned through a blood pact; two different spoken rituals are used in the earlier films. The first film had a significantly more generous budget than its sequel, at a projected $150,000, dwarfing the $30,000 budget of Deliverance from Evil.
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Killjoy's Psycho Circus
Full Moon Features launched a Kickstarter in early August, 2014, to help raise funds for their upcoming movie named Killjoy's Psycho Circus. The company has announced that the Kickstarter will raise $60,00 dollars while the company themselves will add another $100,000 to make sure the series gets produced. Full Moon has set a one-month limit to raise their funds. The Kickstarter ended on September 3, 2014. Charles Band has been quoted as saying that this is the company's way of experimenting and bringing their brand into the modern way of film making. The film premiered on October 30, 2016, on the El Rey Network.