Clowning Around – Terror on Tour (1980)

Terror on Tour is not the greatest of films that one will ever see. It is not even one of the better bad movies an audience will ever watch, but when it comes down to it, it is not so bad that the channel needs to be changed or another film be put on. The story involves a Kiss rip-off band called The Clowns who are just trying to make music, have a few drinks and have sex with as many women as they possibly can. Luckily for them, they manage to accomplish all three of these things and yet unluckily, someone is killing all the working girls that happen to be hanging around the band on a daily basis. It is not so much the dead women that bother them, but the fact that someone is dressing up like them to do so.

Mixing music with murder, Don Edmonds who directs this picture, does so well enough though this is another example where some lighting would have worked wonders as it is a very dark movie. Understandably, the film probably had a smaller budget than most which is why it ended up looking the way it does, but it does not necessarily add anything to the picture other than making it hard to see things as they take place. While the murders are shown on-camera, there is little blood to be had and it makes the viewer rely more upon their imagination than anything else which is a bit of a shame considering the genre. Suffice it to say, the killer in the film drops a lot of bodies – a surprisingly large amount of women and more often than not, they get killed while being naked, perhaps in order to spice things up a little. Overall, the film is a little long in the tooth and yet it does manage to keep one guessing as to who the killer could be – there being at least two viable suspects, though in the end, there can obviously be only one.

Though the murders might have been a little uninventive, the music was not all that bad, though listening to it outside of the film might not give one the same experience. There is a bit of a shock ending to be had that leaves things off on a cliff-hanger, but one can easily guess where the movie went from there, Edmonds leaving little doubt. As by the numbers as it was, Terror on Tour will marginally entertain if nothing else.

2 out of 5

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