Cleavers: Killer Clowns follows Jody-Ann Howells (Georgie Smibert), who was the only survivor of the Still Rivers Massacre, which happened five years ago. The deranged killer clown responsible, Cleaver (Paul Rogers), kidnapped a girl that night. Jody-Ann has since dedicated her life to hunting Cleaver and the now murder-happy Mary-Beth (the kidnapped girl; Holly-Anne Dodkins) in hopes of preventing more carnage. To that end, she follows all clues, no matter how tenuous. Her search leads her to cross paths with Sheriff Kale (Ben Manning), who does not believe Cleaver is a threat anymore.
Meanwhile, the Harvey family, Tanya (Jessica Michelle Smith), Larry (Matthew Baunsgard), Tiffany (Kimberly Lasi), Artie (Derek Nelson), stop after a long day’s trip. But they chose the wrong place, as now the killer clowns are after them. Can Jody-Ann stop Cleaver before more blood is shed?
“…leads her to cross paths with Sheriff Kale…who does not believe Cleaver is a threat anymore.”
Cleavers: Killer Clowns is written and directed by M.J. Dixon and is a sequel to Cleaver: Rise Of The Killer Clown. I have not seen the first film, or any movie set in the Mycho shared cinematic universe before watching Cleavers: Killer Clowns. The question then is, does the movie work without prior knowledge of Mycho, the character of Cleaver, or the Still Rivers Massacre?
The answer to that question is a definitive yes. The opening voice-over by Smibert lays out the scene nicely and effectively catches up all viewers who may have missed the first movie, or been unaware of its existence. Aside from a few lines at the end of the film, which probably carry more impact knowing how certain characters were established previously, this is a mostly self-contained story. Luckily, it is a pretty engaging narrative with a few exciting twists.