|Not clowning around.|
I was browsing my queue and decided on the murderous clown flick Stitches that I'd never heard of before. From the box art I assumed it would be a standard concept slasher romp like Ice Cream Man or Dr. Giggles. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it's actually an entertaining horror parody starring stand up comedian Ross Noble.
Scummy birthday clown Richard Grindle who goes by the stage name "Stitches" is a drunken, drug addicted loser who hates kids and life in general. During a performance at a birthday party, the kids tie Stitches shoe laces together, leading to his accidental and violent death. Fast forward six years and all the brats except for Tom (Tommy Knight) have grown into stereotypical high school douches of the highest caliber. Tom is turning seventeen and wants to have a birthday party, but he still has terrible PTSD from watching a clown die.
As events unfold that lead to Tom and his mates throwing a rager while his mom is out of town, a cabal of evil clown wizards (no, seriously) ressurects Stitches from the grave utilizing a magic egg. He comes back with a chip on his shoulder and a taste for blood! What follows is a hilarious, gory, and downright goofy bloodbath as Stitches exacts his revenge on Tommy and his pals.
Ross Noble does a great job playing the role of an undead psychopath harlequin. He knows the dialogue is ridiculous, and delivers the lines in a deadpan way that makes it impossible not to laugh. That along with the over-the-top kills he scores as the body count piles up is a formula for success. It's one of those movies that "gets it" and revels in classic slasher movie stereotypes while not taking itself too seriously. It lets the audience in on the joke and has the makings of a cult classic.
If you're in the mood for something silly and gory, this budget European import won't disappoint.
Reviewed on VOD via Netflix. Running time 86 MIN.