Dull execution in what could've been an excessive midnight film or dark ‘n twisted. It 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.
Gave this a shot on the back of Watts' excellent 'Cop Car', but this wasn't a genre flick of the same pedigree. Halfway between comedy and horror, with the first half especially committing to the hilarity of the premise before we finally get some violence and cool design toward the end. Bad characters, should have been sillier or nastier (odd to say in a film built on child murders).
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.