Camp Blood 666 Part 2: Exorcism of the Clown (2023) Review
Shot in four days for $10,000, Camp Blood 666 Part 2: Exorcism of the Clown opens with Tony (Eric Norcross, The Long Island Project, Death & Life) and Sarah (Jen Elyse Feldy, Faces of the Dead, Dragon: The Weapon of God) stopping at a bar and asking some questions about the infamous Camp Blood.
That provides the excuse for a collection of scenes from previous films that ensures the viewer gets at least some gore and nudity, from Jennie Russo and Tina Krause, who pauses her death throes to turn and look right at the camera. There’s also a bit about some cultists filmed in front of a terrible green screen dungeon background, complete with animated torches, talking about a witch (Natalie Peri, Left Out for Dead, Panic in Detroit) who’s moved into their territory.
Director Will Collazo Jr. (Amityville Thanksgiving, Bloody Nun), working from a script by Julie Anne Prescott (Amityville Karen, Motel from Hell) got my hopes up by shooting in an actual bar, not somebody’s basement or garage with a few bar stools scattered around. Unfortunately, the backgrounds for the cultists and the post-credits deluge of clips shot by contributors to the crowdfunding drive soon bring Camp Blood 666 Part 2: Exorcism of the Clown back down to what I’d expect from this franchise.
After a couple of random killings, we meet the main characters Pastor Lincoln (David Perry, Shots Fired, ShadowMarsh) and his parishioners Lisa (Jamie Morgan, Motorboat, Sharkula), Bridgette, (Heather Harlow, Backwoods Bubba, It Came from Somewhere), Will (Tim Hatch, Doomsday Stories, Sister Krampus), and Jeff (Forrest Bennett, Amityville Webcam, Amityville Thanksgiving). They’ve come to put the souls of the dead to rest. But they’re the ones who will be laid to rest instead.
While there are still a lot of dialogue scenes to sit through and a reliance on people just wandering through the woods around Camp Blood, now renamed Camp Blackwoods, until they get killed, Camp Blood 666 Part 2: Exorcism of the Clown does have a few interesting ideas to help elevate it above several of the other films in the series.
There are two clowns plus the witch to provide a bit of variety and to allow scenes like the one where the clowns team up and rip someone’s arms off before fighting each other. Mel Heflin (Return to Splatter Farm, Natasha Nighty’s Boudoir of Blood) turns up as both the good and evil spirits of her character from a previous instalment. And genre veteran George Stover (The Alien Factor, WrestleMassacre) reprises his character from the previous film as well.
And, despite the low budget, the film does manage to look less impoverished than a lot of microbudget horror films. They were able to come up with some actual locations to shoot in the bar and, a rarity for this series, an actual summer camp. There are also plenty of on-screen kills, with effects ranging from typical microbudget practical effects to really bad CGI. That said, the best kills are still in the flashbacks.
While it is a big step up from the likes of Children of Camp Blood and slightly better than Camp Blood 8: Revelations, it’s still not exactly a great film. But by this point, I think most horror fans know what they’re getting from these films, and by those standards, it’s not bad at all.
Fans of microbudget horror, in general, will also probably have a good time with Camp Blood 666 Part 2: Exorcism of the Clown. I’d even encourage fans of low-budget slashers to give it a chance, especially as it’s currently free to watch.
Camp Blood 666 Part 2: Exorcism of the Clown is available on Tubi.