Review: CLOWN (2014)
I tend to believe that most adult people, including me, hate Clowns. And I mean, really, best case scenario is that Clown are simply annoying and bore the crap out of you while you just want to be someplace else while taking your kids to the circus to do them a favor. But not only are Clowns annoying as hell; they also are scary, especially if you meet them at a weird location, like a church, for instance.
Stephen King once made the very fitting statement that no one is scared by a Clown in a circus but seeing one in the moonlight is a completely different ballpark. Actually, it´s completely another sport and if you still aren’t convinced about how evil Clowns are, go read his book IT or maybe a true crime novel about the serial killer John Wayne Gacy, and I am sure you will change your mind. Well, long story short. Clowns are evil. And that´s exactly what producer Eli Roth thought when he decided to finance this low-budget horror film.
At first, I was kinda surprised because it looked very cheap, even for Eli Roth´s style and it didn’t take long for me to understand that this is one of the cases when the movie tries to participate from a well-known name. Well, besides the fact that Eli Roth actually plays the clown, he didn’t seem to have a large influence on the direction. At least that´s what I would hope because if he was involved in this, he is an extremely overrated director.
Not trying to bash Director Jon Watts for this mediocre attempt of creating a horror film but since he´s a relatively unknown director who is fairly new to me, I just can´t come up with anything positive about what the stuff he did before. So yeah, maybe he is a capable director but I can´t see it in this movie. The plot takes the foolish nature of “The Clown” and tries to re-combine that with pagan myths to create something much scarier than just a normal clown on a killing spree. A demon clown on a killing spree. So the Clown in this same titled movie is actually an evil spirit who takes possession of anybody who´s wearing his ancient costume. And when a loving father puts on his dress to pimp his son´s birthday party, all hell literally breaks loose.
Well yeah, that´s a vague retrospective of the plot and some parts of this movie were actually quite good. First, I totally loved the idea to change the image of a clown that we have in mind and create something new with it. Yeah, absolutely a good idea. I personally hate movies about clowns, but the general idea behind the project is pretty much the best attempt at making a decent Clown-Horror movie that I’ve seen so far. And that´s absolutely a good thing. I mean, some scenes were scary and there were moments when the clown was genuinely creepy, but there were just way too many mediocre scenes to call it a good movie. Again, the idea is absolutely fabulous and if I imagine this movie to be more like a mix between THE EVIL DEAD and what it is now, I could really see this working out somehow. But, unfortunately, the overall quality of everything involved, including the direction and the acting is absolutely horrible. Besides, the Direct-to-video look of this film makes it just look cheap and that´s something that you can only allow yourself if you are a great director and are actually capable to make up for the shitty look with a great plot or outstanding direction. Which is clearly not the case. The splatter effects are sometimes quite good and can absolutely distinguish themselves by the brutal realism they are filmed with. So if you like Splatter & Gore movies and don’t mind everything looking a little cheap, you might really enjoy this movie. I felt like it was ok, but I see so many missed opportunities that I can´t help but give this a negative rating!