Posted on Wednesday, May 25th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
In the years since he filmed the horror movie Clown, director Jon Watts went on to make the critically acclaimed thriller Cop Car and snag the director’s chair on the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming. So I could open this post about the latest Clown trailer by making a bad joke about this movie following a perfectly ordinary man who gains extraordinary abilities after being bitten by a radioactive clown, but I would never subject you to such lackluster comedy.
Actually, Clown is about a perfectly ordinary man who gains monstrous new appetites after putting on a clown costume that turns out to be the “skin of a demon.” You know, that old chestnut.
Originally filmed in 2012, Clown was acquired by Dimension Films and proceeded to do what far too many horror movies do after they’re picked up by Dimension Films – sit on a shelf for four years. Now, the film is finally opening this summer, where it will undoubtedly get lost in the shuffle of the much larger blockbusters. And that’s a shame because this actually looks quite good and quite scary and quite gross, blending the body horror David Cronenberg’s The Fly with a demonic possession story. Just with, you know, 100% more evil clown imagery.
Clown began its life as a fake trailer that garnered the attention of Hostel director Eli Roth, who joined the project as a producer and helped shepherd the actual film into existence. While the film itself is still awaiting a proper domestic release, it has played various film film festivals around the world and even had a theatrical run in Italy. Reviews have been mixed, with some critics lauding its grotesque ambition while others say it never quite lives up to its gnarly elevator pitch. In any case, this movie is going to be a curiosity for horror fans (who are hungry for anything that isn’t garbage) and superhero movie fans (who want to see what else the new Spider-Man director has done) alike.
Clown is set to open on June 17, 2016.
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CLOWN is a story of a loving father who dons a clown outfit and makeup to perform at his son’s sixth birthday, only to later discover that the costume – red nose and wig included– will not come off and his own personality changes in a horrific fashion. To break the curse of the evil outfit, the father must make grim choices with his own family facing danger.