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By: adamnstephenson

Genre: Drama

Added: 8 years ago

Views: 90

Clowns at midnight.

Visually arresting.

Review by: MiamiMovieCritic

Added: 8 years ago

Rudolph seems inspired by The Dark Knight – specifically Heath Ledger’s Oscar-winning performance as The Joker. The title character is a violent punk in clown makeup with knife scars that slit his mouth into a creepy grin. Sound familiar?

Of course, there are other references. Rudolph and his merry band of pranksters go around terrorizing people like Alex and his droogs in Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange. There's also something about the way these beautiful, disaffected young people relate to each other that brings to mind the films of Gregg Araki, especially his apocalyptic Doom Generation.

The movie is visually arresting from its opening shot, when director Adam Stephenson shows us Rudolph from behind, his head framed against a magic-hour sky. The electro soundtrack really kicks things up a notch about 90 seconds in. The director keeps the action ultra-stylish with shock cuts and skewed framing choices. This video is a lot of fun.