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Clown (2014)

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A loving father finds a clown suit for his son's birthday party, only to realize that it's cursed.

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Jon Watts
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andy Powers ... Kent
Laura Allen ... Meg
Peter Stormare ... Karlsson
Christian Distefano ... Jack
Chuck Shamata ... Walt
Elizabeth Whitmere ... Denise
Victor Cornfoot Victor Cornfoot ... Dave
Lucas Kelly Lucas Kelly ... Colton
Emily Burley Emily Burley ... Annie
Matthew Stefiuk ... Detective
Michael Riendeau ... Robbie Pickering
Miller Timlin Miller Timlin ... Camper
Robert Reynolds ... Martin Karlsson
Antonio Najera Antonio Najera ... Worker
Alex Pacheco Alex Pacheco ... Worker
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Storyline

A little boy's birthday party gets ruined when his entertainment (clown) cancels. His father finds a clown suit and becomes the new entertainment but something is weird about it, there is an evil curse and it won't come off. He specializes in eating little kids... everything after that goes down hill.

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The kids aren't alright. See more »


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Rated R for horror violence and gore, and for language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 June 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El payaso del mal See more »

Filming Locations:

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,920, 19 June 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$55,007, 30 June 2016
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

It was based on a short film by the same name, also directed by Jon Watts. See more »

Goofs

When Kent is driving with Karlsson (at about 27 minutes), he starts turning into the demon, and his feet break through the front of his shoes. In the next scene, when Kent gets out of the car (after it crashes) and opens the back door to take Karlsson out, there's a quick shot of his shoes and they're intact. See more »

Quotes

Karlsson: Very few people know the true origin of what we call "the clown". I can show you here.
[shows him an old book of illustrations depicting the ancient mythical creature known as the "Cloyne"]
Karlsson: It lived up in the mountains with a skin white as snow and the red nose blistered by the cold. It lured children out of the villages into its cave. Five children. One child for every month of winter. Over the centuries, the legend of the Cloyne was forgotten. He became the clown. His white face and red nose ...
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Referenced in Half in the Bag: Box Office Number Crunching (2016) See more »

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Taste Of Mexico
Written and Performed by Jared Gutstadt
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Surprisingly Effective Gem
26 March 2015 | by fatfil-414-451797See all my reviews

Don't be put off by the seemingly ludicrous storyline, what starts off as looking like a comedy/horror cornball piece, actually develops in to a rather good horror movie. I was apprehensive when first watching this, it could have gone either way, and 15 or so minutes in I was thinking, "This is gonna be dumb!" But surprise surprise, it takes some very dark turns and becomes a very enjoyable out and out horror story

I don't think I'm giving too much away by saying (This all happens in the first 10 or so minutes) Son loves clowns, Father running late for birthday party. Clown booked for party cancels at last minute. Wife calls the Father. Father working in old house and finds trunk with old clown costume and decides to step in.

One of the things that makes this film, apart from the on the nose acting, is the clown costume itself. It's not bright and garish, a la Stephen Kings Pennywise, but understated. There is some humour, used to good effect towards the start of the film, but not too much and it never falls into the trap of relying on the humour, which would have been so easy with a clown based horror film.

Despite initial apprehensions, I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, it's one of those goodies that catches you by surprise every so often.


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