- on Thursday, 07 July 2016 09:43
- by Loron Hays
Clown, a violent and humorous movie about a bizarre demonic possession, is definitely not going to change your minds about clowns. They ARE evil. I knew it! Produced by Knock Knock’s Eli Roth, Clown is what happens when you attempt to go above and beyond and save the day. Andy Powers (Oz) stars as the unlucky father who attempts to brighten up his son’s birthday party by wearing a recently found clown costume. Bad idea. Bad, bad, very bad idea.
Discovered in the closet of the house he has prepped for an open house, Kent thinks it is a godsend and eagerly slips into the suit. The problem is that, once the party is over, he simply cannot remove the costume and he finds himself … physically and mentally changing after several days of having it on. See? Lesson learned. When things go to shit and clowns are double-booked for parties, why bother?! Someone que the carnival music…
After falling asleep in the suit, Kent – the day after the party – discovers that the costume has a life of its own and it’s a very, very disturbing one. Over time, the clown wig he put on BECOMES his own hair. And the suit itself? His own skin. A little research brings him to the brother of the previous owner of the costume, Herbert Karlsson (Peter Stormare, who portrayed Uli Kunkel in The Big Lebowski). Unfortunately, it is far too late for the warning Karlsson gives him.
To be honest, this little horror movie is simple and straightforward and that’s probably why it works as well as it does. At its center; however, is a rare family dynamic that actually has the wife fighting for her husband instead of walking out on him and giving up as he slips further and further into mental confusion. It’s nice to see that change in the co-authored script. The wife continues the search for the truth that her husband, by this time in the movie is now hilariously chained in the family basement, started.
Powers is good in the role of Kent McCoy, a sweet guy who loves his wife Laura (Ravenswood) and son, Jack (Christian Distefano). He is both funny and believable as the schmuck who sees his real estate career and his relationship go down the shitter thanks to the violent outbursts the suit impulsively delivers. He and his wife are able to get his red, rubber nose off but nothing else. And the disturbing truth they discover about what’s happening to Kent involves some ancient lore about a forgotten demon from Northern Europe that only make matters worse. Turns out you can only appease the demon inside the suit by killing children in its name.
With a dark and disturbing vein of comedy running throughout its creepy carnival suit of flesh, Clown shows the length Kent will go through in trying to get out of the suit and in killing himself as he realizes the demon is winning. Of course, everything backfires. There are accidental deaths involving dogs and children and onlookers. Once the shock of the violence wears off, laughter will spew out from the horrified expression stuck on your face. At least it did for me.
The uncomfortable truth is that the film absolutely works as a horror film. Between Eli Roth’s cameo as Frowny the Clown and the monster Kent is slowly becoming, writer Christopher D. Ford and director Jon Watts (director of Marvel’s upcoming Spider-man: Homecoming) have created an entirely new monster that could potentially be at the center of his own series of horror movies. Much of Clown is like watching the transformation of scientist Andre Delambre (David Hedison) into the white-headed fly in 1958’s The Fly. You are sympathetic until the transformation is complete and then…and then…you do want him to be killed, right? RIGHT?
Apparently, the road to Hell is paved with good intentions … and CLOWNS! Clown is currently playing in select cities.
MPAA Rating: R for horror violence and gore, and for language.
Runtime: 100 mins
Director: Jon Watts
Writer: Christopher Ford, Jon Watts
Cast: Andy Powers, Laura Allen, Peter Stormare
Genre: Drama | Fantasy
Tagline: The kids aren't alright.
Memorable Movie Quote: "Jack, you have to kill your daddy."
Distributor: Dimension Films
Release Date: June 17, 2016
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date: June 17, 2016
Synopsis: A little boy's birthday party gets ruined when his entertainment (clown) cancels. His father finds a clown suit and becomes the new entertainment but something is weird about it, there is an evil curse and it won't come off. He specializes in eating little kids... everything after that goes down hill.
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