“Funny Man” Review

2 September, 2017

Year of Release: 1994
Director: 
Simon Sprackling
Screenwriter: 
Simon Sprackling
Director of Photography: 
Tom Ingle Jr.
Cast:
Tim James, Christopher Lee, Benny Young

Synopsis: A music producer beats a deranged man in a game of poker, earning him the keys to a priceless luxury home while leading him and his family into a trap set by a killer jester with a dastardly sense of humour.

Funny Man Review:

A 90s trash bag pulled straight from the cult dumpster, “Funny Man” is a nonsensical, delusional, slice-and-dice slasher with a low-budget horror vibe that feels cheaper than a two pence piece. Patience-testing, worthless, and dreadfully unfunny once the novelty value wears off, the film allows crummy make-up effects and a feral script to run amok with psychedelic disco wigs, Scooby-Doo characters, and a lost Christopher Lee on acid somehow stumbling into this confused mess of a movie while a tarot fool with a love for breaking the fourth wall slaughters everything that comes into sight.

Poking fun at regional stereotypes while having a crack at playing dress-up, the sinister jester gouges eyes and extracts brains, using high heels, jump cables, and cudgels as his weapons of choice before simply ripping bodies apart with his bare hands. Almost entirely unexplained and strangely unamusing, “Funny Man” prizes comedy over horror yet fails to tick either box, feeling more dated than its own ‘death by guitar solo’ while “Leprechaun”-inspired scream-and-freeze kills fail to cut it for those struggling to laugh at a ‘Punch and Judy’ bombing or a mangled Jimmy Savile impression.


Possibly inspired by “The Shining” but truly unfit to warrant further study, “Funny Man” is defined by a weirdness that cannot be grounded in the horror handbook, veering away from a clear structure as it haphazardly experiments with different ways to stack its deck. Higher than a kite with bright colours and jingles adding a sound stage atmosphere to its “Puppetmaster” scenario, “Funny Man” has no concrete identity to attach to its many faces, rendering it stale in every instance as Wild West references and Rastafarian musings fall flat while Simon Sprackling fails to find an audience to clap in the direction of his incessant noise.

 

   

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