Clown (tbc)

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  1. raigraphixs

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    New horror produced by Eli Roth, and directed by Jon Watts. The film is based on a previous 2010 faux trailer (bottom)





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    It's pretty daft sounding but I like it. Here's the new trailer again...

    Clown
     
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    I would consider this film a lesser known gem, so will post my review here as well since I think it should have a wider audience.

    Clown (2014) - Amazon Prime

    Up and coming director/writer Jon Watts (Cop Car), who has been tasked with the latest Spider-man movie, handles a metamorphosis of an altogether different (and much more sinister) kind in Clown. An estate agent (or realtor if you're in the USA) forgets to book a clown for his son's birthday. It just so happens that he stumbles upon a funny looking clown suit in the house that he is selling, so to keep his son happy, he decides to don the suit himself and turn up at the party as the clown. Everything goes hunky dory until Kent tries to remove the suit, but no matter how hard he tries - and he goes to some extreme lengths of which I won't mention, suffice to say it involves an element of self inflicted bodily wounding which are not for those queasy about that sort of thing - the suit just won't come off. That's the basic premise of the movie (which does not actually spoiler-ise anything), and all you need to know to decide whether or not this is a movie that you want to watch.

    Given the scope for scares (and people's fear of the face painted children's entertainer), it's very surprising that there is a dearth of genuinely decent chillers involving the clown. Prior to this movie, only Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988) and Stephen King's It (1990) spring to mind. The former has comedic elements, making the mini-series centring around a demon that takes the form of Pennywise the Clown the most terrifying for those coulrophobia inclined. Clown doesn't quite usurp Stephen King's It, but - even with the unfairly maligned Eli Roth onboard as a producer - Clown has a pretty effective stab at this seemingly niche horror genre, at least for two thirds of the film until it eventually runs out of steam in the final act.

    One of the strengths of Clown is that it is plays like an old school "straight" horror film and never resorts to unnecessary humour or meta. At the beginning, there is some initial amusement at the situation that Kent finds himself in (him unable to remove the suit) but events soon take a decidedly sinister turn from thereon in. A key factor that distinguishes Clown from many horrors is that (like part one of King's It) the primary target are young children - with a couple of killings even presented in surprisingly graphic detail - making it more macabre compared to much of what you've possibly seen before (and that's without invoking any kind of perceived pedophiliac undertones). There is also a surprising level of depth which one might not expect from this sort of material; the tragic subtext of an incurable and uncontrollable disease gradually possessing mind and body that echoes David Cronenberg's The Fly (1986).

    Clown isn't without flaws: it suffers from classic horror movie contrivances which often question the absurdity of a situation. There is also the aforementioned weak final third which partly undoes the strong first and second acts. However, that is counterbalanced by the effective scares - there is one scene where Kent desperately fights against his overpowering urge for children that is particularly chilling; strong, understated direction and excellent acting from relative unknown Andy Powers in the lead role. Peter Stomare also turns up to do his usual crazy guy schtick (threatening to undermine the serious tone of the movie in the process!).

    7/10

    P.s Clown is still available to watch on Amazon Prime
     
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