Clownhouse (1989)

USA, 1989
35mm film, colour, 1.85:1
Dolby Stereo, English

An American horror film directed by Victor Salva.

Plot Summary

As Halloween approaches, three young brothers are menaced by three escaped psychiatric patients who have taken the identities of the circus clowns they have murdered.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Victor Salva
Commercial Pictures
Executive Producer: Roman Coppola
Producers: Michael Danty, Robin Mortarotti, Victor Salva
Associate Producer: Sara Ström
Written by: Victor Salva
Director of Photography: Robin Mortarotti
Editors: Roy Anthony Cox, Sabrina Plisco-Morris
Music: Michael Becker, Thomas Richardson
Sound Recordist: Plisco-Morris [real name: Sabrina Plisco]
Costume Designer: Brenda Cox Giguere
Make-up Designer: Brenda Cox Giguere
Production Designer: Roy Anthony Cox
Art Director: Tom Rubalcava

Nathan Forrest Winters (Casey)
Brian McHugh (Geoffrey)
Sam Rockwell (Randy)
Tree [real name: Michael Jerome West] (lunatic Cheezo)
Byron Weible (lunatic Bippo)
David C. Reinecker (lunatic Dippo)
Timothy Enos (real Cheezo)
Frank Diamanti (real Bippo)
Karl-Heinz Teuber|Heinz Teuber (real Dippo)
Viletta Skillman (mother)
Gloria Belsky (fortune teller)
Tom Mottram (ringmaster)
Erika Young (storekeeper)
Russell Jasper Watts (storekeeper’s assistant)
Bobby Salem (booth barker)
David E. Gehringer (balloon twister)
Gail Rouse-Haefke (mother at balloon booth)
Kate Haefke (daughter at balloon booth)
Anne Tomin (Marci)
Sondra Utterback (Melissa)
Emily Haefke (little girl in crowd)
Karl Peters, Kurt Peters (Gapino brothers)
Andrew P. Swan (circus performer)
Brenda Cox Giguere (assistant)
Pam Sperring (bus driver)
Victor Salva [radio newscaster/extra at carnival] *

Cast Gallery


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.444
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.87