Marcus is a young man with a disability who is bullied and dies when a vicious prank goes wrong. He then comes back from the grave as a killer clown, to exact revenge on those who have wronged him. He is guided by other killer clowns, who have their own slapstick methods of causing death and destruction.
One of Marcus’ few friends in life was his neighbor Amy, a lesbian college student with a big heart. As the deaths pile up, Amy is determined to learn the deadly secret behind the recent wave of murders, not realizing that she may be putting herself and her loved ones in danger.
Clowns in the Woods is an independent horror movie with creepy villains, twisted kills, and a spooky small-town atmosphere.
In the tradition of Candyman and Nightmare on Elm Street, Clowns in the Woods is about the sins of the past, as a younger generation must grapple with the consequences of past injustice.
Directors Adrian Esposito and Curt Markham have been fans of horror films since a young age, especially independent regional horror films. They wanted to create a horror movie inspired by the 2016 clown sightings, and to include people with disabilities in both the story and the production.
Since co-director Adrian Esposito is on the Autism spectrum, the filmmakers feel this film is important because it has the potential to break the mold of how people with disabilities are seen. For this reason, Clowns in the Woods also cast an actor with a disability, in the prominent role of Marcus.
There is a common prejudice against low-budget horror movies. The makers of Clowns in the Woods want to change this by including people with disabilities in these stories. We also want to show that there is value in horror genre storytelling, by diving into the worlds of make-believe and dark fantasy, and by showing villainous characters get their just desserts.
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