"Clownhouse" is a horror film filled with scenes of haunted clowns. This is the first role of Sam Rockwell. In this movie, Sam plays the brother of a boy with a fear of clowns (coulrophobia). Casey is an eleven-year-old boy leery of white-faced, colorfully festooned clowns. Against his better instincts, he goes to the circus with his two brothers to confront his fears. Later, they become the target of 3 mental patients who escape from mental institution and wear clown suits.