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Our Verdict

No laughing matter.

For

  • Blu-ray release: 2 March 2015
  • Director: Jon Watts
  • Starring: Eli Roth
  • Peter Stormare
  • Laura Allen
  • Andy Powers

Against

After donning a clown suit for his son’s birthday, Kent (Andy Powers) can’t get the damn thing off and then turns into a clown-demon that preys on children. Produced by Eli Roth, this monster/were-clown/possession flick has a neat premise and interesting subtexts (domestic abuse, paedophilia) but is neither as unsettling nor blackly humorous as it should be.

Perfunctorily lit and shot, it comes with a creaky backstory delivered by Peter Stormare as the suit’s previous owner, and is worth seeing only for the bit where a dog eats the clown’s nose and turns into a red-eyed savage.

Extras:

  • None
The Verdict
2

2 out of 5

Clown Blu-ray review

No laughing matter.

Jamie Graham

Jamie Graham is the Editor-at-Large of Total Film magazine. You'll likely find them around these parts reviewing the biggest films on the planet and speaking to some of the biggest stars in the business – that's just what Jamie does. Jamie has also written for outlets like SFX and the Sunday Times Culture, and appeared on podcasts exploring the wondrous worlds of occult and horror.