Directed by: Jon Watts
Written by: Christopher Ford and Jon Watts
Starring: Andy Powers, Laura Allen, Peter Stormare and Christian Distefano
Synopsis: Clown is a story of a loving father who dons a clown outfit and makeup to perform at his son’s sixth birthday, only to later discover that the costume – red nose and wig included – will not come off and his own personality changes in a horrific fashion. To break the curse of the evil outfit, the father must make grim choices with his own family facing danger.
As always some spoilers ahead.
Review: Clown is a movie I feel like I’ve been waiting to see for far too long. Clown was supposed to come out 2 years ago and for whatever reason never did. Well now after 2 years Clown is finally released to the masses.
Clown is the story of a man named Kent who receives a call from his wife on his sons birthday. The clown they booked isn’t coming and Kent doesn’t have time to find a replacement. While looking around a house he is trying to sell, Kent finds a chest with a clown costume inside. He decides to put the suit on and become Dummo the Clown.
So the party goes off without a hitch, there is just one problem. The suit and wig won’t come off. He tries to cut it off and it doesn’t work. His wife tries to pull the nose off and it takes skin with it. He tries to saw it off and the blade breaks.
So Kent tracks down a previous owner of the suit and finds out the truth: The suit is actually a demons hair and skin. The only way to get the suit off is to give in to the demons hunger and eat 5 children. The rest of the movie is spent in equal parts on Kent trying to suppress the hunger as he slowly becomes a monster and his wife trying to figure out how far she is willing to go to save him.
I’ve seen several people complain about a lack of gore in this movie. I honestly don’t see it.
We’ve got :
a man having his shoulder cut with a cleaver, a man’s arm being broken to the point the bones burst through the skin, a child getting his fingers bit off, a saw blade shooting through a kids back, a dog getting it’s head severed, the remain of a kids mostly eaten body, kids getting eaten at a Chuck E. Cheese type of resteraunt, a severed arm sliding down a slide into a ballpit, a torn off jaw and a severed head.
This movie felt unique to me. It was a bizarre mix of body horror and demonic possession which I honestly thought worked wonderfully. It’s a movie about a man fighting becoming a monster while his wife fights becoming one to save him. I loved it.
I’m a little disappointed that Eli Roth’s name is plastered all over the box and trailers. Don’t get me wrong I’m a huge fan of his. I just feel that them billing it as a Eli Roth movie is a huge disservice because he is a very divisive filmmaker. A lot of people hate his movies and refuse to watch them. I felt this movie was strong enough that it could stand on its own and should have been giving the opportunity. I’m sure it doesn’t bother Jon Watts. He went on to direct Cop Car starring Kevin Bacon and is currently directing Spiderman: Homecoming
Clown is a brutal and heartbreaking slice of body horror that puts a fresh spin on the overplayed possession flick.
Rating: 9.5 out of 10.