Synopsis by Mark Deming
Is a deranged clown who likes to sing "Goodnight Ladies" responsible for a string of grisly murders? Jill (Cari Salochek) comes back to her rural hometown after her first year at college to discover she's not especially popular anymore -- her father runs the local bank and has been forced to foreclose on a number of farms after a year of bad crops. Jill also learns that her parents have mysteriously disappeared, though her former boyfriend Gary (Ed Bevin) is still living in town and goes out of his way to make her feel welcome. Jill is happy to see Gary, though his mood dims a bit when he finds she has a new beau, wealthy BMOC Scott (Peter Krause). Jill's biggest worry beyond finding her parents is Gary's eccentric older brother, a would-be circus clown who calls himself Marvelous Mervo (Tiny Tim) and wanders about in makeup carrying a ukulele and singing Tin Pan Alley songs when he isn't barging in on Jill. When dead bodies begin turning up around town, the police are convinced they have a serial killer on their hands, and Jill has reason to believe she'll be one of his next victims. Can Gary protect her from the menace, and does Mervo know something about the crimes? Shot under the title Nightmare by the auteur who gave us Monster A Go-Go and The Giant Spider Invasion, Blood Harvest featured famed one-hit-wonder Tiny Tim in his only dramatic role, as well as the first screen appearance from character actor Peter Krause.
clown, false-accusation, frame-up, investigation, murder