Clown (Movie Review)

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Clown (Movie Review)

Not since Tim Curry starred as Pennywise in Stephen King’s It in 1990 has a clown frightened and delighted Horror fans until the recent film titled Clown by producer Eli Roth (Cabin Fever 2002, Hostel 2005). Released by Cross Creek Pictures and Vertebra Films, the film has seen release in Italy as of 2014 and in the UK in early 2015, but a US release date has not been announced yet. Filmed in Ottawa Canada, Clown was written by Christopher D. Ford (Robot & Frank 2012, Cop Car 2015) and Jon Watts (Eugene 2014, Cop Car 2015), who also directed, and is a real treat from Horror legend Roth, who also stars in the film as Frowny the Clown.

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Still from Clown

Set in present day, Clown focuses on the story of Real Estate Agent and loving father Kent (Andy Powers: Oz 1997, In Her Shoes 2005) and his doctor wife Meg (Laura Allen: Mona Lisa Smile 2008, Ravenswood series). It is their son Jack’s (Christian Distefano: Creative Galaxy 2013-2014, The Strain 2015) seventh birthday, and he has an obsession with clowns. Meg had booked a clown to appear at his party but they were unable to attend. Kent is in the basement of an open house he is getting ready for sale when he hears the news. Looking around him, he sees an old wooden chest; inside is an old clown costume. Kent excitedly puts it on, happy to be able to surprise Jack, and he is a hit at the party. After everyone leaves, he puts Jack to bed, still dressed as a clown and then sits on the couch to relax. He accidentally falls asleep and wakes up late to take Jack to school, unfortunately having to stay dressed as a clown. While Jack loves it, Kent begins feeling uncomfortable and, once at home, tries to get out of the costume, but cannot. He washes the makeup off but the wig will not come off, the nose will not move, and neither will the costume.

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Still from Clown

A difficult day ensues and Kent is left red-faced and red-nosed as he goes about his daily business in a clown suit. Each time he attempts to remove it, he cannot, no matter what he tries. By the second day, he is still stuck as a clown, but now other weird things are happening. He is ravenously hungry all the time, his facial features and feet are changing, and he has a short temper. Frustrated, Kent calls an owner of old clown costumes, Bert Karlsson (Peter Stromare: Fargo 1996, Arrow 2014-2015), and discovers that the owner of the house Kent is selling passed away and is Bert’s brother. When Burt finds out Kent is wearing the costume, he acts very strangely and arranges to meet Kent right away at the warehouse. Kent meets Bert, relieved to find a way to take the clown suit off, but shortly into their meeting it takes a violent and bizarre turn. Is it a costume or something much more insidious?

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Still from Clown

Interestingly, Roth produced Clown on the basis of a faux movie trailer released on the Internet using his name, and felt the guys that did it deserved a shot. This film is the spectacular result of that. The cinematography by Matthew Santo (Merry Christmas 2013, Super Sleuths 2014) is well focused, and adapts to each scene. The special effects are magnificently done with plenty of blood and gore, and even brightly speckled clown blood. Dark humor is sprinkled heavily throughout the film, which helps give the storyline depth and makes digesting the more gruesome scenes easier. Clown is well thought-out with an excellent backstory and characters that portray intensity that adapt to change quickly. The film will most certainly reignite xenophobia in viewers with even a slight fear of clowns. With lots of twists and turns, it is a must watch for all Horror fans. While clowns are a central fear for some, not many films execute bringing that fear to life quite as well as Roth’s newest film, that is absolutely worth waiting for. CrypticRock gives Clown 5 out of 5 stars.

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Robyn Andrew
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R.L Andrew is a chronically ill Australian writer. When she isn't posting movie reviews for a leading New York Website (, RL is reading both fiction and non fiction or alternatively doing what she loves most; writing. From the time she was young, RL has been an avid reader, and was introduced at a young age to the works of Edgar Allen Poe, and Stephen King. This was the beginning of a life long love of horror. RL takes inspiration for her work from her love of all things strange, weird, and the funny situations in everyday life.RL continues to read and write crossing a number of genres, but still loves watching a good scary movie. After raising three daughters, RL lives in rural Victoria with her husband and furry son, chocolate labrador, Max. She is currently editing her first novel, which she deems ‘soft’ science fiction; A Lunatics Guide to Interplanetary Relationships, and hopes to traditionally publish.Social Media links:Amazon Author Page Page: rlandrewauthor.wordpress.comTwitter:

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