Continuing the tradition of scary clowns in films, as seen in Tommy Lee Wallace’s IT and Álex de la Iglesia’s The Last Circus, Sebastian Lopez’s (the creator of Vertical) The Killing Joke is another film those suffering with coulrophobia should avoid.
The Killing Joke is a 15 minute suspense/fiction short film about a mysterious woman that finds a red balloon tied up to a curious little box on an eery derelict street. Using classic elements of suspense and working within a seventies aesthetic, The Killing Joke is an action packed film that pays homage to some of the horror movies from that era.
The piece was shot during four intense days of filming in the Argentinian capital Buenos Aires. The micro budget production was shot using just two 7d canon cameras. The composition and CGI effects for The Killing Joke required months of invisible digital retouching to create the panoramic, yet claustrophobic atmosphere that pervades throughout the movie.
Sebastián López wrote and directed the story, and was also responsible for all the impressive post and composition work.
And if you’re not too freaked out here’s the Making Of The Killing Joke: