History Film / Amusement

25th Nov '17 6:08:21 PM FromtheWordsofBR
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''Amusement'' is an American 2008 horror film directed by John Simpson and starring Creator/KatherynWinnick, Laura Breckenridge and Jessica Lucas. The film went direct-to-video in January 2009. It is the last film to be distributed by Picturehouse Entertainment.

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''Amusement'' is an a 2008 American 2008 horror film directed by John Simpson and starring Creator/KatherynWinnick, Laura Breckenridge and Jessica Lucas. The film went was stuck on TheShelfOfMovieLanguishment for quite some time before going direct-to-video in January 2009. It is was the last film to be distributed by Picturehouse Entertainment.
Films before their revival in 2013.
19th Nov '17 9:05:40 PM DastardlyDemolition
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* CellPhonesAreUseless: Lisa's phone isn't but how she uses it is.

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* CellPhonesAreUseless: Lisa's phone isn't but how she uses it is. She ''could'' have used ti to call the cops but that would ruin the plot.
19th Nov '17 9:04:40 PM DastardlyDemolition
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* IdiotPlot: The plot hinges on a lot of characters acting like idiots such as the therapist not telling Tabitha [[spoiler: they're in a creepy basement and not a police building]] or the killer making an elaborate deathtrap to torment and kill three women or Tabitha tossing away her only means of defense and finally the Laugh [[spolier: not taking his knife out of the back of his truck and then looking through the peephole]].

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* IdiotPlot: The plot hinges on a lot of characters acting like idiots such as the therapist not telling Tabitha [[spoiler: they're in a creepy basement and not a police building]] or the killer making an elaborate deathtrap to torment and kill three women or Tabitha tossing away her only means of defense and finally the Laugh [[spolier: [[spoiler: not taking his knife out of the back of his truck and then looking through the peephole]].



* OminousMusicBoxTune: The "metal scope victrola" is basically a large music box and plays a creepy song [[spoiler:that shoots darts from the phonograph horn]].

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* OminousMusicBoxTune: The "metal scope victrola" is basically a large music box and plays a creepy song [[spoiler:that [[spoiler: that shoots darts from the phonograph horn]].



* NobodyHereButUsStatues: [[spoiler:The Laugh pretends to be a (large) clown doll in a room full of clown dolls.]]

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* NobodyHereButUsStatues: [[spoiler:The [[spoiler: The Laugh pretends to be a (large) clown doll in a room full of clown dolls.]]
19th Nov '17 8:50:17 PM DastardlyDemolition
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* BadPeopleAbuseAnimals: The Laugh abused a rat as a kid, it's pretty clear he's the bad guy.



* DirectToVideo: After being kicked around for months and never getting a theatrical release, ''Amusement'' was put onto DVD where it flopped.



** [[spoiler: Lisa's boyfriend Dan is also killed this way when the Laugh has his "metal scope victrola" shoot a dark into his eye from the phonograph horn. Because it can.]]
* FinalGirl: [[spoiler: Tabitha]]

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** [[spoiler: Lisa's boyfriend Dan is also killed this way when the Laugh has his "metal scope victrola" shoot a dark dart into his eye from the phonograph horn. Because it can.]]
* FinalGirl: [[spoiler: Tabitha]]Tabitha.]]



* IdiotPlot: The plot hinges on a lot of characters acting like idiots such as the therapist not telling Tabitha [[spoiler: they're in a creepy basement and not a police building]] or the killer making an elaborate deathtrap to kill three women or Tabitha tossing away her only means of defense.
* HellHotel: The Laugh owns that hasn't been used for years as evident by all the dust and upturned chairs.

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* IdiotPlot: The plot hinges on a lot of characters acting like idiots such as the therapist not telling Tabitha [[spoiler: they're in a creepy basement and not a police building]] or the killer making an elaborate deathtrap to torment and kill three women or Tabitha tossing away her only means of defense.
defense and finally the Laugh [[spolier: not taking his knife out of the back of his truck and then looking through the peephole]].
* HellHotel: The Laugh owns that hasn't been used for years as evident by all the dust and upturned chairs. Whether or not it's connected to the cabin via the dungeon of a basement is unclear.



* PsychopathicManChild: The Laugh hadn't changed for years, remaining the same sick little kid for years.




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* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: The Laugh tormented a rat for his class project and then had harbored a grudge for years because three girls didn't think it was "funny".
19th Nov '17 8:02:43 PM DastardlyDemolition
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* CreepyBasement: The one in The Laugh's cabin is ''so'' creepy, many fans mistook it for ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets Chamber of Secrets]]''.
* CreepyChild: The Laugh, as a child though that gutting animals was a funny thing to do

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* CellPhonesAreUseless: Lisa's phone isn't but how she uses it is.
* CreepyBasement: The one in The Laugh's cabin is ''so'' creepy, creepy and so unreasonably big, many fans mistook it for ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets Chamber of Secrets]]''.
* CreepyChild: The Laugh, as a child child, though that gutting animals was a funny thing to dodo. He puts a rat into a torture rack, slices open its stomach, and stretches it open with hooks and asks "is it funny".



* CruelAndUnusualDeath: The Laugh [[spoiler: stitches people into beds and leaves them for death. And he later does the same thing to Tabitha's friends or so it seemed at first.]]
* DeathTrap: Of the "closing walls" kind.



* EvilLaugh: The film's calling card, so much so that the villain is credited as "The Laugh"
* EyeScream: [[spoiler: Happens when Tabitha stabs the Laugh in the face with his own weapon.]]
* ForTheEvulz: The Laugh finds mutilation and murder a funny thing to do.
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* EvilLaugh: The film's calling card, so much so that the villain is credited as "The Laugh"
Laugh". The laugh is pushed by the story itself to be the killer's most distinguishing trait.
* EyeScream: EyeScream:
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[[spoiler: Happens when Tabitha stabs the Laugh in the face with his own weapon.]]
** [[spoiler: Lisa's boyfriend Dan is also killed this way when the Laugh has his "metal scope victrola" shoot a dark into his eye from the phonograph horn. Because it can.]]
* FinalGirl: [[spoiler: Tabitha]]
* ForTheEvulz: The Laugh finds mutilation and murder a funny thing to do.
%%* HellHotel
do. His whole plan revolves around being a sadistic asshole for the sole reason that it's funny to him.
* IdiotPlot: The plot hinges on a lot of characters acting like idiots such as the therapist not telling Tabitha [[spoiler: they're in a creepy basement and not a police building]] or the killer making an elaborate deathtrap to kill three women or Tabitha tossing away her only means of defense.
* HellHotel: The Laugh owns that hasn't been used for years as evident by all the dust and upturned chairs.
* HiddenInPlainSight: Very poorly too! [[spoiler:The Laugh pretends to be a clown doll in the guest bedroom... despite being a ''life-size'' "doll" and the only scary looking one out of them all.]] It still works.



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%%* OnceIsNotEnough* OminousMusicBoxTune: The "metal scope victrola" is basically a large music box and plays a creepy song [[spoiler:that shoots darts from the phonograph horn]].
* OnceIsNotEnough: [[spoiler: Just stabbing the Laugh in the neck with a scalpel barely slows him down.]]



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%%* TheWallsAreClosingIn
* StockScream: The Wilhelm Scream and a woman's scream make a ridiculous appearance for little reason.
* TheWallsAreClosingIn: [[spoiler: The torture chamber has a huge room with glass walls that close in onto Tabitha just so The Laugh can torment her some more.]]
1st Nov '17 11:05:51 PM Scabbard
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* UrbanLegends: The film is practically a rehash of popular urban legends mashed into a single storyline. the 'clown doll' story in the second act is a particularly notable example.

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* UrbanLegends: The film is practically a rehash of popular urban legends mashed into a single storyline. the The 'clown doll' story in the second act is a particularly notable example.
17th Jul '17 8:51:11 AM Morgenthaler
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1st Jul '17 12:04:32 PM MahStache
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* BondOneLiner: [[spoiler:Said by Tabitha after she stabs The Laugh in the facewith one of his weapons]].

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* BondOneLiner: [[spoiler:Said by Tabitha after she stabs The Laugh in the facewith face with one of his weapons]].
28th May '16 2:59:56 PM erforce
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Amusement is an American 2008 horror film directed by John Simpson and starring Creator/KatherynWinnick, Laura Breckenridge and Jessica Lucas. The film went direct-to-video in January 2009. It is the last film to be distributed by Picturehouse Entertainment.

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Amusement ''Amusement'' is an American 2008 horror film directed by John Simpson and starring Creator/KatherynWinnick, Laura Breckenridge and Jessica Lucas. The film went direct-to-video in January 2009. It is the last film to be distributed by Picturehouse Entertainment.

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Three women are faced with a psychopath with a penchant for sadism and twisted humour from their childhood.



* AbsurdlyIneffectiveBarricade: Tabitha uses one in the form of a cupboard. The Laugh effortlessly pushes out the drawers from behind and climbs straight through.

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* AbsurdlyIneffectiveBarricade: Tabitha uses one in the form of a cupboard.cupboard that she puts on a front of a door. The Laugh effortlessly pushes out the drawers from behind and climbs straight through.



* BondOneLiner:

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* BondOneLiner:BigBad: The Laugh, a sick invidual who is after the three women who he knew from his childhood.
* BondOneLiner: [[spoiler:Said by Tabitha after she stabs The Laugh in the facewith one of his weapons]].



* CreepyChild: The Laugh, again.

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* CreepyChild: The Laugh, again.as a child though that gutting animals was a funny thing to do



* TheDollEpisode: Tabitha's Babysitter plot in Act 2.

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* TheDollEpisode: Tabitha's Babysitter plot in Act 2.2 has being surrounded and creeped by clown dolls.



* ForTheEvulz
* HellHotel

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* ForTheEvulz
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ForTheEvulz: The Laugh finds mutilation and murder a funny thing to do.
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HellHotel



* PowerTrio: Tabitha, Shelby and Lisa.
* MadnessMantra:
-->"''It's funny... right?''"
* MonsterClown

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%%* OnceIsNotEnough
* PowerTrio: Tabitha, Shelby and Lisa.
Lisa used to be this when they were kids.
* MadnessMantra:
-->"''It's funny... right?''"
* MonsterClown
MonsterClown: [[spoiler:The Laugh hides in plain sight in the second segment by dressing in a clown costume that's lacking its nose]].


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21st Dec '15 9:00:53 PM Angeldeb82
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* BondOneLiner:
--> "Now ''that'' was funny!"



* CreepyDoll: [[spoiler: subverted by having the doll actually be The Laugh sitting very, very still.]]

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* CreepyDoll: [[spoiler: subverted Subverted by having the doll actually be The Laugh sitting very, very still.]]



* HoistByHisOwnPetard: The Laugh [[spoiler: gets killed by his own weapon, while looking through his peephole to taunt Tabitha no less.]]

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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: The Laugh [[spoiler: gets killed by his own weapon, while looking through his peephole to taunt Tabitha no less.]]less]].



* NobodyHereButUsStatues: [[spoiler:The Laugh pretends to be a (large) clown doll in a room full of clown dolls]].
* PostMortemOneLiner:
--> "Now ''that'' was funny!"

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* NobodyHereButUsStatues: [[spoiler:The Laugh pretends to be a (large) clown doll in a room full of clown dolls]].
* PostMortemOneLiner:
--> "Now ''that'' was funny!"
dolls.]]
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