A father puts on an old clown costume for his son's birthday
party and finds himself transforming into a demonic creature.
Directed by Jon Watts
Written by Christopher Ford and Jon Watts
Starring Andy Powers, Laura Allen, Peter Stormare,
Christian Distefano, Chuck Shamata, Elizabeth Whitmere
Based on the short film by Jon Watts
Clown is one of the strangest horror flicks I've seen in a long time. It's built on a solid concept of pure wackiness that doesn't skimp on the gore and dares to go after children almost exclusively. My biggest issue with the film are the performances, none of which (apart from Peter Stormare) are engaging or believable. I mean, this is a man transforming into an ancient clown demon and nobody really seems all that affected, including the man himself. There are moments, sure, but overall they consistently keep me aware of the fact that I'm watching a movie.
Kent McCoy (Andy Powers) is a loving father who finds a vintage clown costume in a house he's selling. He puts it on when the clown cancels at his son's birthday party, and soon discovers he can't get it off. The wig has become his real hair and he nearly tears his nose off trying to get the rubber one off. What starts as a goofy Santa Clause ripoff quickly turns to gut-wrenching horror when Kent learns he's wearing a cursed costume and he's transforming into a cloyne, an ancient demon resembling a clown. From there, he develops a taste for children (literally) and can only be killed by decapitation. It's a neat premise that could've been executed better, but is far more entertaining than it has any business being.
It's hard to believe this crazy movie came from the guy who gave us Spider-Man: Homecoming, but clearly Jon Watts has a thing for genre films. Clown is weird, unsettling, gruesome, and any horror fan would enjoy it. Personally, I found it odd but intriguing and felt it could've been better acted.