Chris Olen Ray Talks Circus Kane

Chris Olen Ray

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Contrary to what the artwork might suggest, the new film Circus Kane doesn’t have much to do with clowns nor is it a riff on Stephen King’s It. The film, explains helmer Chris Olen Ray, is more akin to Saw and House on Haunted Hill

Contrary to what the cover says, Circus Kane isn’t really about the clown is it?

No. They clown is one of the main characters but the story is about Balthazar Kane.



So where’s the clown come into it?

He is a part of the original show before it burns down. When Kane returns he brings the clown along with him.

And tell us about this Circus Kane fellow?

Balthazar Kane- Is a complete show man. Believes the world is his audience and wants to prove it. He goes to great lengths to create a final bow for himself.

Where did the concept come from?

It was a conversation I had with writer James Cullen Bressack. I wanted to combine two different story lines and include escape rooms. With this concept James teamed up with Zack Ward to write what we have today. It’s a good mash up of House on Haunted Hill, Saw and a few others.



The horror in the film is welcomingly in-your-face. Are you a fan of the more gory, bloody type of horror? Do you think we need more of these? 

Well with this film we felt the pay off needed to be there. A lot of people worked very hard to get the look and feel of the film to translate to camera. One of the ways we could do that was with the gore. Bringing in Vinnie of VGP FX was the best thing we could do. Vinnie and his guys are amazing. With almost 90% of the film being practical it helped the actors with certain scenes.

So to answer the question- As long as there is a reason, I love gore.

Yes- I think there should be more films with PRACTICAL GORE. Just not a fan of blood for no reason.

Have you a favorite death in a movie?


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My favorite scene in a horror film is now and has been for a few years, the opening of Ghost Ship. It is by far the best opening to a horror film ever.

From Uncork’d Entertainment and DeInstitutionalized comes the it horror movie of fall, Circus Kane premiering on VOD 9/8.


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