Written by Christopher D. Ford and Jon Watts
Directed by Jon Watts
Starring:Andy Powers, Laura Allen, and Peter Stormare
Special Features: Making Clown featuring Producer Eli Roth
From the box:
Clown is the 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 ther must make grim choices with his own family facing danger.
Clown finally makes its way to US homes with this blu-ray release of the oft-delayed film. I can see why it was delayed here and never given a theatrical release and not for the reason you might expect. It’s not quality that kept this out of theaters, it’s just how dark it really gets.
The film follows, as described above, surrounds a father who just tries to do something nice for his son and is royally punished for it. He finds an old clown suit, which looks like snake skin by the way so that should be your first warning to maybe avoid it, and trows it on so his son can have a clown at his clown themed birthday party. His appearance is successful but he quickly discovers that his clown garb isn’t coming off and as time goes on he is becoming more and more monstrous.
So what is it that kept Clown from a mainstream release here in the states? It’s not a bad movie by any means. In fact, I quite enjoyed it. It’s creepy, tense, and has some great make-up effects. It also has a pretty interesting lore behind it which always makes me enjoy a film like this better. If you ask me, I think it’s the content, the fact that the majority of the deaths in this movie are that of kids and not very pleasant ones either. Clown is not afraid to go to that place and it does so with no apologies. Perhaps that willingness is what kept it out of US theaters.
If you ask me, despite our monster’s desire to kill kids, it’s a movie worth watching, especially for horror fans. I was pleasantly surprised and found myself creeped out a few times. It’s really clever and well done.
The script is original and surprising, the direction fresh and bold, and the acting is top notch.
I wish they’d have beefed up the special features a bit though. The disc really only offers a featurette and wont do anything to make this a more appealing purchase. The film looks and sounds great so thats a plus, it’s just sorely lacking in features.
Look, I love clown movies, especially horror movies (in fact I am writing one myself!) so this one is definitely up my alley, but if you can handle a bit of dark content and can get past the monster’s choice of victims, you’ll enjoy this one.
Clown is available on Blu-ray and DVD now!