- 1 hr 25 min
Amusement is a 2008 horror film directed by John Simpson and written by Jake Wade Wall. The film revolves around three women, Tabitha (Katheryn Winnick), Shelby (Laura Breckenridge), and Lisa (Jessica Lucas), who are being stalked by a sadistic and elusive clown called The Laugh, who takes pleasure in torturing and killing his victims. The film begins with a young Tabitha being babysat by her older sister when The Laugh suddenly appears in their house and abducts Tabitha. Years later, Tabitha is a successful executive and engaged to her childhood friend, Rob. She reunites with her college friends, Shelby and Lisa, who are also successful in their respective careers. They spend the night reminiscing about their past and catching up on their current lives. Their night takes a horrifying turn when Tabitha receives a package the next morning containing a single photograph of her as a child with the message "Remember Me." Soon after, The Laugh begins to taunt and kill the women one by one, leaving behind cryptic messages and clues for the survivors. As the women struggle to survive the nightmarish ordeal, they realize that their past may hold the key to stopping The Laugh once and for all. They recall a traumatic event from their childhood that may have caused The Laugh to target them specifically. The three women race against time to uncover the truth and survive The Laugh's deadly game. Amusement is a film that is dark, chilling, and unnerving. The tension builds up slowly as the women begin to realize the gravity of their situation. The film is shot in a way that plays with the audience's perception of reality, blurring the lines between what is real and what is not. The use of jump scares is relatively minimal, and the film's horror comes from a pervasive sense of dread that is ever-present. The performances of the three leading ladies are commendable, and they carry the weight of the film well. Winnick is particularly impressive as the traumatized and tough Tabitha. The portrayal of The Laugh is also disturbing and effective, with his sinister presence looming over every scene. The film's ending could be divisive, with some finding it unsatisfying while others might appreciate the twist. However, the overall message of the film is clear - the past can come back to haunt us, and the consequences of our actions can be devastating. Overall, Amusement is a well-executed horror film that provides plenty of scares and psychological thrills. It is not for the faint-hearted, as it portrays violence and torture in an unflinching manner. However, for fans of the genre, the film offers a unique take on the familiar trope of a serial killer terrorizing a group of people.