Rating: 6 / 10
A decent horror movie that is a gore slasher but it brings something fresh to the clown mythology.
Plot: A loving father finds a clown suit for his son’s birthday party, only to realize that it is not a suit at all.
- Laura Allen as Meg McCoy
- Andy Powers as Kent McCoy
- Peter Stormare as Herbert Karlsson
- Eli Roth as Frowny the Clown
- Elizabeth Whitmere as Denise
- and many more
Directed by: Jon Watts
Produced by: Mac Cappuccino, Eli Roth, Cody Ryder
Written by: Christopher Ford, Jon Watts
Before all Eli Roth produced movies, I’m always hesitant to see them. With horror movies, he has a career of hit and misses. All of his movies has been mediocre and mostly all of them offer lot of gore. And this movie isn’t no exception but at least this movie is better than his other movies produced.
What would be good to start with? The clown of course. I like that this movie doesn’t try to scare the audience with jump scares but it offers a good atmosphere and a creepy clown. It showed something new in clown mythology. Making the clown suit the skin of a demon and transforming the person who wears the suit in a demon/monster. It was something that I never seen in a horror movie featuring a clown. The evolution of the clown was interesting to see – starts with the lead actor wearing the suit to completing the evolution as a clown demon (SPOILERS). The performance (Andy Powers and Eli Roth) was good. The clown in the middle of the evolution looked really creepy and menacing. But at the end of the evolution the clown became too crazy – a big demon with a weird head. It looked really weird. If the clown would’ve staid as in the middle of the movie it would’ve been awesome.
For such a small budget movie ($1.5 million estimated), this movie looks good. For the clown they used good effects and looked like there was no CGI effects done in the end – that is good. Jon Watts did an ok job in directing (he’s also directing Spider-Man: Homecoming) – the movie had a good pace but had a lot of plot holes in the story like, why not kill the clown much faster? You don’t have to aim 20 times with a chopping knife to hit it – just kill it. Of course there was more plot holes. Find them….Can somebody answer: how can a head fall off from a hammer blow to the head? Is it possible? I don’t know. I want to find out.
I like always seeing Peter Stormare in movies and in Clown he was a great addition. His performances are always the same – which is an ok performance. He’s almost always is playing the same character in all of his movie. But I like that. It’s fun. I had problems with the actress Laura Allen performance in the movie. She acted well until the part when she saw dead kid guts – later in the same scene, she forgets that there are dead kid guts all over the room and acts like she didn’t see nothing. Her overall performance was mediocre. A movie mostly with mediocre acting, except from Frowny the Clown. As for a horror movie, it had few scares but they were not that well done. Some looked funny when they happened. I would’ve liked more scares. It would’ve made the movie much better.
Conclusion. If you like clown horror genre movies – this one is for you. It brings something fresh but don’t hope to see a perfect horror movie.
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