Clown Synopsis: A loving father finds a clown suit for his son’s birthday party, only to realize that it is not a suit at all.
Tagline: The kids aren’t alright.
Release Date: June 17th, 2016 | MPAA Rating: R | Coolthulhus Earned: 3
Clown was relatively entertaining, though not nearly as ‘shocking’ as people tried to make it out to be. I mean, yes, kids are killed. A lot of kids are killed, and whilst I’m amongst those who could find it objectionable, I didn’t. Yeah, me, the one who refuses to read or watch ninety percent of the stuff that has child death in it. I just looked at my partner when we were watching the movie and was like “Er…okay…so, what was all the fuss about?”
The first part of the movie is actually fairly laughable. I mean, it has creepy overtones, but watching the guy try to get the suit off was funny. I think we’ve all had that fear where we get something stuck on us and we’re like “What if it won’t come off?!” So, there’s a level on which you can sympathize with him. On the whole, though, the man actually handled it a lot more calmly than I would have. There’d have been incoherent screaming and running to the emergency room begging them to get it off of me. As he gets taken over more by the suit, you can still see the man inside of him fighting against the evil surrounding him. So, yeah, you’re going to root for him a little bit.
Then Clown starts to get ‘scary’ and the controversial crap starts. Okay, if you’ve ever had a kid die in a horrible fashion, don’t watch this movie. However, I feel like that doesn’t really need to be said, given the tagline of “The kids aren’t alright”. Also, I mean, if you’ve watched the trailer and still picked out the movie, you lose all rights to complain about the content. Again, just to make it clear, there’s lots of kids being put in dangerous situations and dying. Lots of blood, gore, and whatnot (though if I recall correctly no deaths actually happen on-screen.) However, it’s mostly so ridiculous and overdone that it’s not bothersome.
Overall, Clown is an average horror film with its fair share of funny moments. It’s nowhere near as gross/shocking as some of Eli Roth’s other stuff, such as Green Inferno. Great movie to watch while imbibing adult beverages. Probably would be a fun one to pull out on Halloween, but nothing to rave to your friends about. Cheesy dialogue, jump scares, etc, do not a unique or fascinating horror movie make.