Clown – Review
By Lynn Sorel
Rating: 8 out of 10
Synopsis: 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 changing in a horrific fashion. To break the curse of the evil outfit, the father must make grim choices with his own family facing danger.
Our Thoughts: Clown takes what would seem to be a ridiculous premise and creates a horrific tale that is both disturbing and tragic. When a father finds a clown costume in his home and puts it on to entertain his son, you think nothing could possibly go wrong. However, that could not be further from the truth.
Gritty realism is used to show the terrifying transformation that occurs as Kent desperately tries to take off the costume he so innocently put on the day before. Centered on the legend of a mythological demon, known as “The Clown,” the film takes what is already the subject of nightmares for some to a whole new level of horror.
The use of vintage style clown wear, blended with the horrifying metamorphosis that the costume induces on it’s victim both inside and out, makes for the one of the creepiest clowns you will ever see on film. Practical effects are primarily relied on to produce the gore for the film, which is effective but not over the top.
Andy Powers is perfect as the father-turned-clown Kent. Peter Stormare is excellent as the crazy Karlsson. In this critic’s opinion, Clown is the best film Eli Roth has had his name attached to in the past few years. Horror fans should not over look the pleasantly frightening surprise that is Clown.