Knowing more about the criminal history of its director helps add extra disturbing layers to this already visually-inventive and immensely creepy horror story. That the film shows what its like to be both predator and prey says a lot about how Salva reads the world in such a childlike stance. It doesn't get more auteuristic than that.
Amusing 80's horror. The atmosphere has a real dreamlike quality and its one of the only clown horror movies make an attempt to address where fear of clowns comes from. The main kid Casey notes the deceptive nature of clowns alleged happiness is what frightens him. Downside: The relationship between the brothers is aggressive and even sexually frustrated at times(the films back-story will explain that). Worth seeing.