The creation of filmmaker Michael Emanuel, SCARY OR DIE tells five interwoven horror stories that take place in and around the "City of Angels". A flesh-eating clown desperately trying to ... See full summary »
When a successful country lawyer captures and attempts to "civilize" the last remaining member of a violent clan that has roamed the Northeast coast for decades, he puts the lives of his family in jeopardy.
Brandon Gerald Fuller,
Lauren Ashley Carter
The clumsy and unfunny clown Richard "Stitches" Grindle goes to the birthday party of little Tom and the boy and his friends play a prank with Stitches, tying his shoelaces. Stitches slips, falls and dies. Six years later, Tom gives a birthday party for his friends at home and the clown revives to haunt the teenagers and revenge his death. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
At his 10th birthday party, young Tom (Ryan Burke) witnesses the accidental death of slobbish kids entertainer Stitches the clown (comedian Ross Noble), who falls face down on the business end of a large knife after several unruly brats play a silly prank on him. Six years later, Tom (now played by Tommy Knight) reluctantly throws another party for his teenage schoolmates, but the fun is interrupted when Stitches returns from the grave to exact revenge.
Low budget Irish horror/comedy Stitches really isn't all that funnybut it sure is fun: although the film rarely made me laugh, most of the crude humour falling very flat, the frivolity and sheer absurdity of the whole thing means that one cannot help but have a good time. Writer/director Conor McMahon conducts matters with style, introduces some clever little touches (love the clown's red nose sniffing out the guilty), and commands reasonable performances from his young cast, but it is the film's outrageous splat-stick gore effects that impress the most, with Stitches getting real creative with his kills: pulling a rabbit from a bloke's throat before decapitating him with a swift clown shoe to the head; making balloon animals from one poor sap's intestines before over inflating his head with a balloon pump; opening someone's cranium with a tin-opener and scooping out their brains; impaling a girl though the head with an umbrella. There's also a nasty emasculation dream sequence and some gratuitous cat mutilation for good measure.
After much splattery excess, the film sees Tom and his love interest Kate (Gemma-Leah Devereux) being stalked through the local cemetery, which holds the key to destroying the evil clown (McMahon incorporates some interesting mythos about painted clown eggs here), and finishes by hinting at a possible follow up, which I will be all in favour of, especially if they try harder with the jokes next time around.
6.5 out of 10, rounded up to 7 for not killing off Monster Munch Mary, meaning that she can return in the sequel!
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