Film / Amusement

Amusement is an American 2008 horror film directed by John Simpson and starring Katheryn Winnick, 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.

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

Tropes presented by this film:

  • Absurdly Ineffective Barricade: Tabitha uses one in the form of a cupboard that she puts on a front of a door. The Laugh effortlessly pushes out the drawers from behind and climbs straight through.
  • All According to Plan: For a while, it seemed that The Laugh had every move planned out to completely trap Tabitha. Then the truck stalled.
  • Big Bad: The Laugh, a sick invidual who is after the three women who he knew from his childhood.
  • Bond One-Liner: Said by Tabitha after she stabs The Laugh in the face with one of his weapons.
    "Now that was funny!"
  • Creepy Basement: The one in The Laugh's cabin is so creepy, many fans mistook it for Chamber of Secrets.
  • Creepy Child: The Laugh, as a child though that gutting animals was a funny thing to do
  • Creepy Doll: Subverted by having the doll actually be The Laugh sitting very, very still.
  • The Doll Episode: Tabitha's Babysitter plot in Act 2 has being surrounded and creeped by clown dolls.
  • Evil Laugh: The film's calling card, so much so that the villain is credited as "The Laugh"
  • Eye Scream: Happens when Tabitha stabs the Laugh in the face with his own weapon.
  • For the Evulz: The Laugh finds mutilation and murder a funny thing to do.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The Laugh gets killed by his own weapon, while looking through his peephole to taunt Tabitha no less.
  • Power Trio: Tabitha, Shelby and Lisa used to be this when they were kids.
  • Monster Clown: The Laugh hides in plain sight in the second segment by dressing in a clown costume that's lacking its nose.
  • Nobody Here but Us Statues: The Laugh pretends to be a (large) clown doll in a room full of clown dolls.
  • Urban Legends: 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.