Clown exists because Director Jon Watts made a fake trailer of the same name, and presented it as if it was an upcoming Eli Roth film. When Eli Roth learned of this, he saw the short, loved it, and started working with Watts to bring his vision to life. There have been several killer clown movies, especially on the indie side of things, but none that I can think of have ever done anything like this. Once word came down that it was actually happening, fans who wished to see this film in the US had a gnarly wait ahead of them. So much so that a lot of people gave up and started importing the title from the UK, or utilizing other, less legitimate ways of seeing movies. Finally, we have a Region A release, and though I already caught the film on VOD, I was excited to have it on my shelf, and give this beastly little indie killer clown flick a revisit.
I don’t even know exactly how to describe this movie to an unsuspecting viewer. That’s something you could say about a lot of the greats. Rather than being a group of aliens, or a crazed lunatic dressed up in a clown costume, Clown adds a touch of the paranormal to the mix. A dad puts on a clown suit when the clown they hired for his son’s birthday party cancelled at the last minute, and later discovers that he can’t remove it. Wig, nose and all, it has attached itself to his body. At first he thinks he’s just hungry, but then he realizes he hungers for something other than food, and so begins his brutal killing spree.
What makes Clown different is that it took a somewhat already existing sub-genre, and took it in a different direction. It’s almost magical, but hovers around were-clown territory as well. Jon Watts is an impressive début filmmaker, and what he did with this little movie should be analyzed and studied to death, so all future filmmakers know exactly how to turn in a competent, well received genre film. After only this film, and another indie starring Kevin Bacon called Cop Car, Watts would be tapped to bring Spider-Man home to the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the first time, so obviously he’s doing something right. Don’t sleep on this one, especially with Halloween quickly approaching. Yeah, I love watching all the old classics this time of year as well, but you’re going to want some new stuff, and this is October material if I’ve ever seen it.
Starz/Anchor Bay’s Blu-ray release of the film is a great presentation. It doesn’t have a lot in the bonus department, in fact it features only a Making Of featurette starring Eli Roth, who acts as producer of the film, but the look and sound of the film are both great, with no problems at all to report. It looks and sounds like a new release film should look on the format. It features great looking art, and comes with a slipcover, so it sits pretty on the shelf. It also comes with an HD Ultraviolet copy of the movie, so you can either add it to your digital library, or share the code with a friend who would appreciate such a thing. Clown is available today, Tuesday August 23rd, on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital. You may purchase a copy for yourself by clicking this link.