Monday, November 20, 2017
Stitches (2012) 1h 26m
I don't like clowns. I'm not afraid of them, I just think that they use their shtick to violate my personal space and it makes me want to punch them. Y'all mother fuckers can still do the same shit a good two feet away and I'll enjoy it much more then having you creep all up on me like we're in the club. Like Bozo, he knew not to creep up on people and he gave children prizes for playing with balls... wait a minute...
Stitches is a horror comedy where a terrible clown deals with horrible children at a party, or maybe that's just how kids and clowns are in Ireland. The kids take their pranks too far and they cause Stitches the Clown to trip and fall on a carving knife... twice. Well, technically the second time it falls on him. The birthday boy, Tom, goes to visit the clown's grave and stumbles upon a satanic coven of clowns where he finds out that a clown that doesn't finish a party can never rest. It's dumb but they need a reason for this clown to come back for revenge six years later.
I have actually watched Stitches previously because my husband has an odd inclination toward clown horror films. The first time around I wasn't a fan of it. I expected more and it wasn't what a wanted. Going into it this time though I knew that while the plot line is something straight out of a B-film, the work here really isn't. In fact, if you like practical effects with a lot of fake blood then this could be just for you. There are a ton of blood splatters, decapitations by punt or by explosion, severed arms, ears, genitalia, and just a touch of CGI when things like the umbrella spear wouldn't have worked well live.
The humor is like a low-grade Beetlejuice and the character development is kind of weak. It's also high school kids so it's mostly tropes or just shitty teenagers. I can't fault it too much. I'm not expecting some sort of epic backstory development from a movie about a clown that returns from the dead. This second watch-through did cause it to rise up a bit in my internal head rating. I won't have it on my shelf, but it's probably background at a party good.
I give Stitches 2 clown horns out of 5: