This may possibly be the worst movie I have ever seen in my entire life. Now, I knew going into this film that it was going to be a micro-budget film that focused on gore rather than acting. I was OK with this fact because I was intrigued by the NC-17 rating, wondering how brutal this movie could really be. So how brutal was it? VERY. But not in the way I was hoping. This movie was sooo bad that I actually turned it off before finishing it, something I have very rarely done in my lifetime.
Here is a quick synopsis of the plot.
After being accused of crimes he did not commit, a lonely circus performer exacts his revenge on those who unjustly condemned him. The act sparks something inside of him which he cannot stop and now, years later, his inner-demons have truly surfaced. Part urban legend, part tabloid sensationalism… he is now an unstoppable murderous juggernaut, fueled only by hate.
So here is my first issue with 100 Tears. I read this synopsis before watching the movie and nowhere in the first 30 minutes of the film is this plot revealed. It is just a lot of white-trash people getting hacked to death by this fat clown while some crappy tabloid writers try to uncover the story. By the time the clown’s motivation is exposed (told by a midget, no less), I had already lost all interest. Issue # 2 and 3: the God awful acting and embarrassingly bad dialogue. I really do not need to explain myself further.
100 Tears is sleazy to its core with guts galore, in the vein of ‘video nasty’ films like Gutterballs (2008) and Hanger (2009). The entire budget obviously goes to special effects- the impressive old-school way with no CGI. The big bad clown’s weapon of choice is a meat cleaver and the film does not shy away from the violence with head-stomping, disembowelments, and decapitations. Director Marcus Koch is primarily known as a makeup and special effects artist. I appreciate his motivation to want to make a horror film that is blood-soaked and over-the-top. He definitely succeeds in that sense, but he is not cut out to be a director. And I am trying to say this in the nicest way possible. Sorry, Koch.
“Everyone loathes a clown” is the tagline for the film. It should be “Everyone loathes this f***ing awful movie.” And that is not an exaggeration. I got an hour into the film before I turned it off, so I really think I gave it a fair chance. It is not often that I use the word hate, but I can’t think of any other way to describe how I feel about this movie. 100 Tears is an abominable and unwatchable film. You have been warned.
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