Killjoy’s Psycho Circus (2016)

killjoys-psycho-circusFull Moon sinks deeper in to pseudo-Troma territory by delivering another installment of “Killjoy’s Psycho Circus.” If you’re prepared for a movie that has literally no plot but spends ninety minutes advertising its product tie-ins, then you might enjoy what’s on display here. During Killjoy’s demented TV show, there’s an ad featuring the characters from “Evil Bong,” and the movie literally stops to promote the “Adam and Eve” website. They even bring on a model to talk to Killjoy to promote their products. I’ve heard of product placement before, but I’ve never seen a movie so lazy that it literally stops in its tracks to promote a product for a company.

The fifth in the “Killjoy” horror comedy series, as directed by John Lechago, you don’t really have to have sat through the original four movies to catch up. A good amount of its narrative explaining away everything that’s happened before. They even go so far as to explain that the original actor who played Killjoy isn’t even in the series anymore. In a satirical moment that lands with a thud, Killjoy as played by Trent Haaga interviews the actor Trent Haaga who ends the interview by–killing himself. Failing to stop Killjoy, Beelzebub has his horns stripped from some high council and now travels around in a space ship (?) looking for ways to stop the clown demon and bring his soul back to hell with him. Angered by his ratings, Killjoy looks for new ways to attract an audience to his web talk show, and has to put up with angry co-workers bickering about the production.

This grief includes a new sexy sidekick named Batty Boop who is anxious to live up to the former Batty. That’s about all of the plot that “Psycho Circus” hands the audience as there is literally nothing but a lot of empty banter between characters with absolutely nothing interesting ever going on. Director John Lechago is more concerned with promoting other Full Moon products and linking them as a shared universe than really focusing on turning “Psycho Circus” in to an entertaining horror comedy. “Psycho Circus” is has a paper thin plot, is slim on likable characters, never really knows what it is, and is just a downright waste of time. Maybe if we had less “Killjoy” and “Evil Bong” movies being made, we might have money for a great reboot of “Puppet Master.” I’m just throwing that out there.