For today's news post we have details of two different upcoming films from director Joe Cash (She Dogs of the SS, Jezebel), both of which are going to be released by Vipco and Troma. Short film, Slutty the Clown, which is the first in a planned trilogy, and Death Shock which is a remake and reimagining of the 1981 film of the same name.
Slutty the Clown stars Claire Bacon as the titular character she created for her modeling, and which was expanded with the help of Cash in order to bring this character to the film world.
In the film a group of urban explorers are exploring the ruins of an old factory when they find a strange room full of toys that they promptly trash. This turns out to be a bad move as the factory is home to Slutty, an insane woman who dresses like a clown and who has a penchant for sexual violence. Along with Bacon other actors in the film include Lauren Annetts, Lili Thorpe, Richard Bacon, Eve Bamfield and horror icons Ari Lehman (Clown Motel: Spirits Arise, Friday the 13th) and Lloyd Kaufman (The Toxic Avenger).
With an estimated budget of just £500 and filmed in less than a week this UK based film has a lovely retro exploitation vibe to it. I've seen a rough cut and thought the setting in particular was fantastic, while the small part by Lehman was a highlight, I loved the delivery of his lines. The physical release announcement trailer can be seen on YouTube, and the film will be released by Troma on VOD via Watch Troma.
The sequel is titled Slutty the Clown II: Strapped On and is due to be filmed in the summer. This will see Claire Bacon reprise her role and will feature cameos from James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Ari Lehman, Lloyd Kaufman and Roger Jackson (Scream).
Death Shock is due to start filming towards the end of the year, with a 2022 release planned. This is going to be a feature length remake and reimagining of the 1981 exploitation cult classic that was summed up as 'sex and black magic in the Norwich countryside. Check out the cool poster for the remake below.