Long time readers of She Scribes know that I have a thing for horror movies. I have always been a horror movie fan – even when I was a young girl. At a very young age I was attracted to the old Vampire movies that stared Christopher Lee and Lon Chaney. Vampire, mummies, Frankenstein, werewolves… none of them scared me and I found the movies entertaining.
The only time I think I was ever scared watching a horror movie was when I was about 12 years old. It was night time and I was home alone. I was watching an old black and white movie, The Deadly Mantis (1957) about a giant Praying Mantis. I am not too keen on those insects to begin with. The movie scared me and I ran, barefoot in the pouring rain, to my grandparent’s house next door.
Some people find vampires scary. Other people cringe at the thought of zombies. I think one character that probably frightens the most people are clowns.
What is it about clowns that make some people’s skin crawl and shutter with fear? Aren’t they supposed to be happy characters?
Clowns have popped up in horror movies like It, Killer Klowns from Outer Space and Clownhouse. And let’s not forget that creepy clown doll in the original Poltergeist.
If clowns scare you – and you enjoy being scared – you might want to check out a new movie that is available today on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download called Clown.
Kent (played by Andy Powers) is an unassuming husband and father. He has a nice home and a good job selling real estate.
His son, Jack, is having a birthday party. Jack loves clowns and is anxiously waiting for a clown to show up at his party. Sadly, his mother, Meg (Laura Allen) receives a phone call that the booking agent messed up and the clown was sent to another party. There will be no clown for Jack’s party.
Meg calls Kent to tell him the bad news. Being a loving dad he wants to make sure Jack has a clown at his party, so he frantically looks for clothing he could wear in the basement of the house he is trying to sell. The house belonged to an elderly man who had recently passed away.
None of the clothing costumes make him look like a clown. Then Kent discovers an old trunk. Low and behold the trunk has a clown costume in it. Kent puts on the costume and racing back home to make it there in time for his son’s party.
The party was a success, thanks to Kent showing up as a clown. Kent is exhausted and falls asleep in the costume.
When Kent wakes up the next morning he tries to remove the costume but finds that the costume is not coming off – no matter what he does. The clown nose is also stuck on his face and it appears that the wig has some how fused with his own hair.
Kent tries and tries to get the costume off, but nothing works. His wife was able to remove the nose – leaving him with a huge wound on his face. Even cutting and dying his hair doesn’t help with the wig.
Trying to find some answers as to why he can’t get off the costume, Kent tracks down one of the relatives of the old man who owned the trunk he found in the basement.
Without telling him much, the man’s brother, Herbert Karlsson (Peter Stormare) tries to drug Kent. When Kent wake up unexpectedly he finds Karlsson trying to kill him. Karlsson tells Kent it’s the only way. Kent was able to escape and takes off hiding from his family.
Not long afterwards Kent finds that he has a craving for blood – inparticular the blood of children.
Not knowing the where abouts of her husband, Meg tracks down Karlsson who tells Meg the truth about the costume. It’s the skin of a demon. He also tells her the history of clowns and how they used their funny costume to capture children and devour them. The demon requires five children before it will disappear.
Now it’s a race against time. Can Meg and Karlsson find Kent before it’s too late? Will the demon be able to eat five children or can he be stopped before that happens? Will Kent ever be able to get the demon clown suit off? To find out the answers you need to pick up (or download) a copy of Clown. Look for it where ever you buy movies.
I liked the whole idea behind Clown. The backstory about what clowns really are is rather interesting. There were moments the movie was pretty good and other times it was rather slow.
These days most horror movies are just plain dumb. There are no true horror movies anymore, but every now and then one does pop up that can really be scary (especially for those who are truly afraid of horror movies) and can make die hard fans like myself nod with approval. Clown is one such movie. I’m not saying that it can hold it’s own against classics like the original Halloween, original Friday the 13th and the Exorcist, but compared to most horror movies coming out these days, Clown is one of the better ones.
The film does have some grotesque moments and plenty of times something pops out at you, which would make the easily squeamish jump out of their seats.
The special effects were decent and they made the evil clown very terrifying looking.
To be honest, I forgot to look for bonus features (I normally watch bonus features). I was tired the night I watched this film and wanted to get to bed early.
If you are in the market for a fun and scary horror movie, check out Clown. Look for it where movies are sold (or downloaded).
Here is the film’s trailer for your entertainment.
*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.