09 October 2015

CLOWN (/Slash Filmfestival 2015)

CLOWN

USA / Canada, 2014
Director: Jon Watts

7/10











[This was shown as Special Surprise Screening to the peeps who supported the Festival via crowdfunding (like me).]

In 2010, director Jon Watts and writer Christopher D. Ford shot a fake-trailer for a movie called "Clown", uploaded it to YouTube and pretended that Eli Roth would produce the movie. The thing went viral and got so much buzz, that Roth himself decided to give them a chance, allowing and helping them to make a full feature out of it: "I loved how ballsy they were, issuing a trailer that said, 'From the Master of Horror, Eli Roth.' (...) I really felt these guys deserved a shot."


Now, 5 years later, we finally get to see full-length result, and... no, it's not better than the fake-trailer, and no, it's not on a par with other clown-classics like "It", "Clownhouse" or "Stitches", but for what it is, it's definitely a fun and entertaining little flick, following a loving family father who finds a clown suit for his son's birthday party, only to realize that it is not a suit at all, it's actually the skin and hair of an ancient demon from Northern Europe, called "Cloyne"...

The movie has its share of hiccups, such as a middle part that is a tad too slow, a rather surprising lack of gore, and a couple of scenes hat are either too long or simply expendable, but all in all, I had a terrific time with "Clown", thanks to Watts' solid direction, the fabulous production design and some stunning/horrifying-looking monster-clown designs that made me go "Holy Fuck!" several times! The "Cloyne" may not be Pennywise, but it is nonetheless an impressive-looking and super-scary creature that should give every Coulrophobic, erm, wonderful nightmares ;)


The basic Cloyne-concept is ace, as well as several stand-out scenes that turned out to be far more macabre than I initially imagined, such as a hilariously shocking suicide-session in a motel, a video-game session that becomes sorta real (at least for one unlucky brat) and a stylishly badass climax (set in a Chuck E. Cheese's!!) that ends in a remarkably grim way.

The acting is great, especially the performances by Andy Powers as the Clown, Laura Allen as his lovong wife, and a hilarious Peter Stormare (great as always) as Cloyne-expert who looks like he's the brother of Borgman. Not perfect, but surely a must-see for fans of all things Clown-horror!

Wiki ~ Imdb

Oh btw, in case you haven't seen the fake trailer before, here you go:

 


9 comments:

  1. Wow, this really does look great!

    Crimson Peak is arriving in Wales soon. I'm looking forward to seeing that. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2554274/

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    1. It's already here in Styria :) I'll see it on the weekend.

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  2. This sounds like fun! Fair play to the guys for taking a chance on youtube and having it pay off!

    K :-)

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    1. I have a strong feeling that you might dig this one :)

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  3. I'm actually debating whether I should do a review of this film.

    I have to say, though, Roth did a nice thing giving these guys a chance...which I wish he should stick to cuz, apart from The Green Inferno, his recent movies suck...

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    1. Why not? Do it!

      The best thing about it is that Roth didn't direct it ;)))

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  4. My movie buddy Ray was itching to see this one in the theater after seeing a trailer a long time ago - and he's upset it's still not available to him yet. I will watch it with him when it becomes easily available.

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    1. Yeah, I thought this would be a wide release in America, but for whatever reason, it didn't made it into theaters. Weird...

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  5. btw, ich glaube, der Film fehlt in deiner Liste von reviewten Filmen...

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