Dull execution in what could've been a fun midnight film, or dark and twisted. Clown doesn't really ever click on a horror, comedy, or even a character level. The first 1/3 is exposition, and the middle is, well, mostly exposition with a hint more of non-effective action/horror. In the final third, the child-murdering clown starts his spree, but due to the depthless victims and lack of suspense, it's never creepy.
In "Clown," a once doting suburban father eventually gives in to his growing lust for the flesh of small children. It's the kind of premise that seems like it must be an allegory for child predators, but the filmmakers aren't quite bold enough to go there. That said, "Clown" is more concerned with creating an atmosphere of hopelessness and dread than you'd expect from an Eli Roth production, which is appreciated.
It's not that bad. The cinematography/editing is better than it has any reason to be. You definitely need suspension of disbelief to enjoy this and, as others have said, it would've benefitted from either being scarier or more tongue-in-cheek, accomplishing neither in the end.
the makeup effects are absolutely stunning. very interesting twist on the clown horror film clichés with some clever body horror concepts. there is just something missing in the third act to elevate this to a great horror film
It’s interesting seeing a transformation story from the point of view of the victim. You feel deeply sorry for the antagonist by the third act giving the climax a nice empathetic weight that horror sometimes lacks.
Clown wishes it was The Fly and fails to live up to Cronenberg's body horror classic in every way. With a paper thin concept, I lost interest quick. The make-up FX are easily the film's strong point and Watts is a capable director but doesn't illicit inspiration. Eli Roth may be the biggest troll working in horror. I'm glad he was able to help Watts make this film. I guess he isn't a total narcissistic. This sucked.