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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.

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Cast

Eli Roth
as Frowny the Clown
Robert Reynolds
as Dr. Martin Karlsson
Matthew Stefiuk
as Detective
Julia A. Long
as ER patient
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
Kai Knight
as Ballpit Kid
Claudia Jurt
as Panicked Parent
Rachelle Casseus
as Hunter's Mom
Silvia Qi
as Scared Girl
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 (21) | 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?

June 17, 2016 | Full Review…

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.

June 17, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

"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.

June 16, 2016 | Full Review…

It's hard to not recommend a film that's so unique, clever and ballsy in nature. Clown is still a great weekend rental, especially for horror fans sick of the generic crap being unloaded on a weekly basis.

April 14, 2017 | Full Review…

Even as the movie wavers uncomfortably between outright comedy and subversive horror, Clown certainly paves the way for future genre film endeavors from the rising director.

December 6, 2016 | Full Review…

In the era when context means everything, Clown makes the fatal mistake of believing its audience just doesn't care about one.

October 26, 2016 | Rating: 0.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Clown

This gently made horror film has a The Fly transition that is probably the only notable part of this film. I just couldn't get into the film, the characters were laughably dull and poorly developed. I think they should of spent the first half creating a family dynamic before shifting into darkness. The budget wasn't low enough to be campy and as low budget horror films go, this doesn't reinvent the wheel or even try. I still don't think the killer clown has been done justice and may change with the upcoming IT. Caught this on Netflix and while it was atmospheric, it just doesn't become anything worth recommending or a film to grow a cult status. 21-05-2017.

Brendan Nicholls
Brendan Nicholls

Super Reviewer

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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

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