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STITCHES, starring funny man ROSS NOBLE, is the black-comedy horror that has become one of the most anticipated films of the season. Directed by CONOR MCHAHON (Dead Meat), the film enjoyed a hugely successful screening at this year's Frightfest and won TOTAL FILM's 'Best Death' Award. Jaded Richard Grindle is the sleaziest clown working the children's party circuit in Ireland. Arriving late to one birthday, his timing is off, the bratty kids a nightmare and a prank goes horribly wrong - he falls on a kitchen knife and goes to that Big Top in the sky. Years later the same nasty kids attend another more grown up bash. Little do they know, thanks to a black magic clown cult, Stitches will be the uninvited guest of honour seeking revenge on those responsible for his untimely death. Laughs and gore combine in this twisted tale which also sees some fantastic performances from its young and upcoming cast that includes; TOMMY KNIGHT (Doctor Who) and GEMMA-LEAH DEVEREUX (The Tudors).(c) Official Site


Critic Reviews for Stitches

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  • It somehow wasn't funny or scary enough - though I do have to admit it is always more than revolting enough.

    Oct 25, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • There's nothing inherently funny or provocative about a bunch of obnoxious kids being relentlessly horrible to a psychologically troubled peer.

    Oct 25, 2012 | Full Review…
  • It's like a twisted balloon animal filled with blood and guts, waiting to burst.

    Oct 23, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Nigel Floyd

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • There's not a seltzer bottle's chance in hell of finding anything worthwhile in Stitches.

    Jul 20, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Lacklustre, featuring little by way of horror or indeed comedy, relying on thinly spread visual gags over real thought.

    Feb 27, 2019 | Full Review…
  • A particularly damp squib, failing to ever truly catch alight despite the involvement of well-regarded British comedian Ross Noble and some fairly inventive (and over-the-top) teen offings.

    Feb 4, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Stitches

  • May 21, 2017
    I thought this might have been a better dark comedy but it really doesn't use Nobles humour to the maximum potential. The film clicks along at a fanatic pace so forget any explanation regarding the story or characters. The kill scenes were innovative and I feel the film was built around the death scenes. This is another killer clown that doesn't use the concept to the fullest. The film felt like Porkys with an oddly dressed killer interrupting the party. I had this slightly higher than Clown, both films are very different. I didn't really care for the characters so when the killing starts it's more for the horror community. 21-05-2017.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Feb 09, 2014
    I hope to keep this short, since I don't really have much to say about this movie. This, technically, isn't a very good movie at all. The fact of the matter is that there's large chunks of the film that could've been cut out for the sake of pacing. The stuff at the high school is more hit than miss, in my opinion. Though there is one really funny line in there that has some very heavy sexual innuendo. So the social network in the film is called My Face, clearly an amalgamation of MySpace and Facebook. Tom's friend creates a page for the party at Tom's house and invites several people. So this girl confronts him about this and tells him that, and I quote, "you've invited all these people to come on My Face." It was actually surprising how they didn't play up this joke for all its worth, which, in turn, made what she said even funnier because they didn't repeatedly wink at you and point out the obvious sexual innuendo. So that was, easily, my favorite line in the movie. But I digress, even with the fact that the film is average and the acting isn't good, other than Ross Noble as Stitches, who plays the role completely tongue-in-cheek, I found myself having fun with this movie. It's obvious this wasn't meant to be taken seriously, it's definitely got a very tongue-in-cheek tone with its cheesy one-liners, that harken back to Freddy Krueger, and its ridiculously over-the-top death scenes. This is one of those movies that is inviting you to laugh at it, not with it. But it's not so self-aware to where the entire film becomes a parody of itself and stops being entertaining. I think this film finds that great balance between being self-aware yet still fun to watch. Instead of it being a self-indulgent love letter to how awesomely bad your movie is, like Snakes on a Plane. Definitely this is one of those midnight, B-movies that'll probably have a small, but very dedicated, cult following. And I can't blame them, the film is fun to watch, while not being good at all. Ross Noble steals the show as Stitches, with his cheesy one-liners and the way he, to the very best of his abilities, becomes this character. This isn't like Daniel Day Lewis becoming Lincoln to the point where you forgot he was actually an actor reciting lines and thought he was the real thing. But it's clear Ross relished this role and he just seemed to have a lot of fun with it, and that definitely translates on screen. The gore is ridiculous, but hilarious. And Stitches' death was certainly strangely funny, it keeps in line with how ridiculous the film is. So you have the gore and Ross Noble's dedicated performance and you have a movie that is definitely more than the sum of its parts. I'm not saying the film is good, but if you look at some scenes out of context, then it might not seem as funny. It works better as a whole, even if I found a lot of flaws with the pacing and the acting. This is an average movie at best, but it is still a lot of fun.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Sep 12, 2013
    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 29, 2013
    Stitches is a funny little black comedy that could really use some better actors. This rare Irish gem had some good moments but it's not well polished and the actors are all way over-aged. Basically another film that makes not want to have any kids of my own, ever.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer

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