The Clown Murders is a 1976 horror film directed by Martyn Burke. It was one of the earliest films in which John Candy appears. The Executive Producer was Stephen Stohn, who now produces the Degrassi: The Next Generation TV series.
Four friends put on clown costumes, kidnap one of their old girlfriends from a costume party and hold her in a remote farmhouse in what is supposed to be an innocent Halloween prank. Tensions flare quickly, but old jealousy and resentment turn to suspicion and terror when the group realizes that a masked clown among them has a real axe.