In Fear Of: Clowns (aka The Red Balloon) (2014)

Description (from the IMDb):
A young girl delves into her irrational fear of clowns with the help of her psychiatrist.

Grace Powell as Maggie, Todd Terry as Doctor Payaso, Glenn Turney as Clown, Kelsey Walton as Young Maggie, Morgan Alana Taylor as Cherie, Nathan Hudson as Officer Xander

Special Features:
None (Screener)

Written by Jason Walter Vaile
Directed by Mark Blitch


To be fair, who doesn’t think clowns aren’t at least a little bit creepy? Now, take a clown, make him all demonic looking and splash him with blood, and then it’s pretty much impossible for any living, breathing human being to not have a little fear of it. IN FEAR OF: CLOWNS (aka The Red Balloon) comes out of the gate already being scary. This isn’t In Fear Of: Puppies, or In Fear Of: Mosquitoes (though under the right circumstances, you could make either of those scary too), it’s IFO:C and let’s all be honest, clowns are creepy.

Sure. Not creepy at all. Just a demonic clown sprinting at you full speed in the dark. Warm & fuzzies all around, amirite?



IFO:C is a 21 minute short, which is actually a pilot for a potential show, “In Fear Of” in which each episode would deal with a different phobia. The pilot deals with coulrophobia, one of those fears that gets under most of our skin, at least a little bit (thanks Pennywise!). If you are going to try and pitch a show called In Fear Of, coulrophobia is most definitely a better phobia to begin with than anatidaephobia, arachibutyrophobia, or pentheraphobia. However, since we’re on the subject, may I nominate pupaphobia and paraskavedekatriaphobia for future episodes?


I loved the added touch of not only being stalked by said creepy clown in this shot, but having his ragged fingernails ripping through the otherwise pristine gloves. *shudder*

IFO:C looks the part. Shot on the RED camera, this short could easily be put on any major TV channel tomorrow (though I think Nickelodeon might shy away) and fit in with the rest of the programming. The video quality is amazing, and with that comes well great cinematography and lighting. The dark scenes are dark, the bright scenes are bright, and everything that should be seen is presented in glorious detail. To match the video quality is the audio, which is obviously professionally recorded. IFO:C is a much “slicker” production than many of the films I review here on Ryan’s Reviews, and my guess is that the budget it was working with is much greater; but lots of money does not automatically equal a good movie, there is still a lot of quality craftsmanship on display here.


What do you see in this picture? STRAIGHT UP RIDICULOUSNESS, DOCTOR. You hate me, don’t you?

Both of the leads, Grace Powell as Maggie and Todd Terry as Dr. Payaso (aka Clown in Spanish), put in work on IFO:C. Dr. Payaso is calm, clinical, but yet still concerned on a personal level and lets that emotion peek out from underneath his antiseptic shell. Maggie is pitch perfect, as the teenager who should be dealing with teenager stuff, but instead has this fear (which seems pretty damned warranted, but I’m not going to give anything away) that she has to deal with. Then, of course, there is the Clown, who really doesn’t have to do anything other than look at you with that creepy clown makeup, but still managers to add dread beyond just the visual.


Yes, that’s Walter White’s missing poster. And, YES, that’s JOHN WAYNE GACY. Poor Bella, she is in infamous company.

Overall, I really enjoyed IFO:C. It was well shot, well acted, with good makeup and great production quality. There is some to the plot (that I won’t go into here because, again, no spoilers) that I wasn’t super excited about, but all in all this was a great pilot and I would certainly watch the show if I had the ability to!



Overall 7 / 10


IFO:C on the IMDb:

IFO:C is not for sale.

IFO:C site:

IFOC poster
In Fear Of: Clowns (2014)


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