Clown (2016)




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CLOWN is a 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 changes in a horrific fashion. To break the curse of the evil outfit, the father must make grim choices with his own family facing danger.
R (for horror violence and gore, and for language)
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Dimension Films, Anchor Bay Entertainment

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Peter Stormare
as Karlsson
Eli Roth
as Frowny the Clown
Robert Reynolds
as Dr. Martin Karlsson
Matthew Stefiuk
as Detective
Julia A. Long
as ER patient
Graham Reznick
as Local DJ
Lucas Kelly
as Colton
Alex Pacheco
as Worker
Michael Riendeau
as Robbie Pickering
Miller Timlin
as Chucky/Camper
John MacDonald
as Helpful Motorist
Allen Altman
as ER Doctor
Sarah Scheffer
as Costume Shop Employee
Nathan Boucher
as Chuck E. Cheese Manager
Abigail Lieff
as Waitress
Brandon Stoffer
as Hardware Store Employee
Gregory Wilson
as Teacher
Kai Knight
as Ballpit Kid
Claudia Jurt
as Panicked Parent
Rachelle Casseus
as Hunter's Mom
Silvia Qi
as Scared Girl
Quinnie Vu
as Nurse
Colm Cooney
as Friend
Jodi Larratt
as Mother/Parent
Jeff Lefebvre
as Costume Shop Customer
Tor Fitzwilliams
as BBC Anchor
Aaron Wesner
as Camp Counselor
Rene Veron
as Mexican Radio Spot
Matt Oberg
as Sports Announcer
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All Critics (18) | Top Critics (3)

I would ask any up-and-coming special-effects artist: Just because you can mold a convincing replica of a 6-year-old's severed arm, does it necessarily mean that you should?

Full Review… | June 17, 2016
New York Times
Top Critic

It comes apart about halfway through, losing a very difficult tonal balance. Having said that, there's more to like here than the studio burial would have you believe.

Full Review… | June 17, 2016
Top Critic

"Clown" has the goods. Refreshingly dark and sick, this is a movie for those who like cinematic monsters that hit so hard they leave a mark.

Full Review… | June 16, 2016
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

With Clown, Jon Watts has crafted a genuinely creepy and disturbing body horror experience unlike anything I've ever seen before.

Full Review… | August 15, 2016
Daily Dead

A lot of the gore feels just downright mean spirited, especially when children become the primary targets.

Full Review… | August 12, 2016
Cinema Crazed

[Blu-ray Review] Classy and icky, atmospheric and chilling, "Clown" astutely plays into the unknown mystique coulrophobia is made of. Highly recommended.

Full Review… | August 12, 2016

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This movie ended up being somewhat of a disappointment. I definitely liked the concept and all that, this real estate agent improvises and dresses up as a clown, after the one he hired canceled, for his son's birthday party. He found this outfit in one of the houses that he is selling. Once the party is over, however, it comes out that he is unable to physically take off the costume or the wig, the wig later melding and becoming his own hair or something. The longer he has the suit on the more he starts turning into this sort of demonic being that feeds on children. And I thought that was cool, particularly with the dynamic that this guy, Kent, has a son and his wife is also expecting. So the film, should have, played with those concepts in an interesting way, but, and I don't know why, it just never came together as well as the concept might have come across on paper. There's just something about this movie that feels a little off. The acting isn't great, but that's not really as much of a problem in this type of movie as it would be in, say, a family drama. The fact of the matter is that clowns are a fairly common phobia among people, so exploiting that would've probably been considerably easier than this film attempted to. Though, I will say, that I do sort of like the mythos they build to establish the clown suit and everything that's wrong with it. But, to me, there just comes a point in the movie where I just zoned out and I was just waiting for it all to end. This movie goes something like 95 minutes or so and it still felt too long at that. And of course it's not that it was long, it's just it was poorly paced. It just wasn't well-structured in my opinion. There comes a time when Kent just disappeared and it's all about his wife's search for him and her trying to find a sacrifice for the demon in order for it to leave them alone. These parts just really aren't interesting to me and they just slow down a movie that really needed all the help it could've gotten. I guess these moments are relevant to where they need to go, but it still feels like a hollow way to extend the film's length. Another thing that bothers me about the movie is the make-up for the clown itself. At first it starts off really well actually. The changes are subtle, but you do notice them and they keep building and building. Each time you see Kent, he looks worse. From his teeth sharpening, to his skin becoming completely white like the clown make-up. When Kent reappears after the murder at the Chuck E. Cheese's, however, the subtle changes go out the window in favor for a full demonic clown. Just full-on monster make-up. And the problem with that is the fact that you spent all this time seeing subtle changes in Kent that when you do get to the full-on demon clown, it feels a little bit detached from it all. Like they're just killing a monster, they're not killing Kent, because there's nothing left that resembles Kent. At least prior to this, he looked somewhat like himself and his wife was forced to kill him, it'd at least feel like there was something human beneath the clown. As it ended up, there's nothing human there. So it's not really much of a dilemma. It is what it is. I did like the fact that the film did not shy away from killing children. So many movies are so afraid to even come close to touching that, but this one does and it may end up being controversial, but at least they're not afraid of the consequences. With that said, this movie still ends up being disappointment. It's not bad or anything, only average at best. I'd say just wait until it hits a streaming service you're subscribed to.

Jesse Ortega
Jesse Ortega

Super Reviewer

I have a recurring nightmare where I am unable to remove my clothes - either I can't take them off, or I take them off but there's layers upon never ending layers. It might sound mild as nightmares goes, but it's up there with those anxious dreams people have where their teeth fall out. Clown, in it's one effective moment, has the lead character unable to remove the clown suit he has put on to entertain his son at his birthday party. This aside though, the film is dull, dreary, monotonous and takes itself way, way too seriously, with a pukey color scheme and listless direction.

Daniel Parsons
Daniel Parsons

Super Reviewer


Clown suffered from bad acting but it was a truly refreshing horror film. Initially as a black comedy, the tone shifted to gorefest in the second half of the film. The film is about a cursed clown costume which turns the wearer into a demonic monster which eats children. A father accidentally found it and wore it for his son's birthday party but couldn't take it off. He slowly dwelt into madness and became a monster as his wife attempts to save him while protecting their son. A clever film, not a lot of scare but comparably better than most clown horror films. The use of children was ambitious, children aren't easy to work with but most children seem to be doing well in the film. The acting was kinda kitsch but the gore compensated it.

Sylvester Kuo
Sylvester Kuo

Super Reviewer

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