review by Bobby Blakey
Before director Jon Watts stepped behind the camera for his upcoming venture into the Marvel Universe with Spider-Man Homecoming he delivered the excellent film Cop Car. Now his Eli Roth produced horror flick Clown is finally getting the release it deserves from Anchor Bay, but does it offer up the frights you expect or will it be a clown not worth bringing to your party?
Clown follows a little boy's birthday party that gets ruined when his clown cancels. Luckily, his father finds a clown suit and becomes the new entertainment but something is weird about it, there is an evil curse and it won't come off. Now he will stop at nothing to find a way to get the suit off before it consumes him completely. This starts off a bit slow, but wastes no time finding its pace and offering up all the fun you expect from a clown themed horror flick. Surprisingly they steer clear of straight up kills for the most part, but instead leave a lot of it implied, with horrific bloody results left behind. Most of this is probably due to the fact that most of the targeted victims are children, which makes it all the creepier. Anytime you have a clown involved whether it be horror or comedy you have to pay careful attention to its overall look. Most of the time filmmakers go for the classic look so that it makes the innocent nature of it seem all the more terrifying, but here they took a darker approach right out of the gate. Seeing the first appearance of his at the party you could already see the creepy nature of it and as it descends into madness it gets worse both physically and visually.
There is an overall gritty tone to the film even before things start going horrible wrong that gives you a vibe from the beginning. The cast all do a great job with actor Andy Powers chewing up the scenery as the father turned evil clown. This was a great surprise and one that any horror fan will no doubt have a good time with. One of the creepiest moments involves a Chuck E Cheese like establishment and the tubs the kids climb around in that ends with a great visual that will appease all the gore hounds out there. Join the party and grab your copy of Clown available now on Blu-ray and DVD from Anchor Bay Home Entertainment.