Stitches (2012)

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Director: Conor McMahon
Writers: Conor McMahon, David O’Brien
Production Companies: MPI Media Group, Tailored Films, Fantastic Films, Solid EntertainmentBórd Scannán na hÉireann
Stars: Ross Noble, Tommy Knight, Shane Murray-Corcoran, Gemma-Leah Deveraux
Genre: Horror/ Comedy

What It’s About: A clown comes back from the grave to seek revenge on the children who killed him during a party accident several years before.

How I Watched It: Alone in my apartment. Evening.

Thoughts: Well, we start the movie with some lovely clown-on-girl action.  What a way to kick it off.  We learn very quickly that Stitches (Noble) is not the classiest of clowns out there.  He realizes that he’s late to a birthday party gig, so he heads off down the road in his crappy little car with the driver’s side headlight busted out and tape across it in an “X”.  I may be over-thinking it, but that seems like some foreshadowing.

He pulls up to the house, and this group of little asshole children congregate for his show. He “dazzles” them with his sub-par tricks, as they antagonize him the entire time he’s performing. A kid ties his shoestrings together…then one thing leads to another, and he trips over his own feet and stumbles and falls…..right on to a huge kitchen knife that just so happened to be pointing straight up in the dishwasher.  Right in the eye.  Gross.  Eye injuries are gross.  BUT WAIT!  He arises!  Annnnnnd ends up with the knife right back in the eye.  Leaving him with an “X” mark cut on his left eye (JUST LIKE THE CAR!  See!? It makes sense).

Stitches gets buried, and the birthday boy–Tom (Knight)–feels bad, so he creeps on the funeral with his tree-house telescope.  He goes to the cemetery to visit, and notices some strange things afoot.  Clowns of all shapes and sizes congregating doing some weird ritual with some weird egg-canister things.  It’s creepy and hilarious–fantastic.  They catch him and scare him and blah blah blah.

Then we see the same kids 6 years later.  Tom is screwed up in the head, as is evident when he starts popping pills.  I noticed that the bottle says Hypnocil is his prescription. If you don’t know, that’s tooooootally a reference to A Nightmare on Elm Street 3. I got all giddy when I noticed.  :3

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But somewhere along the line he ends up throwing another party and Stitches comes back from the dead to seek revenge on all of the little brats who made him meet his demise years before.

Ross Noble is fantastic as Stitches.  He’s just the sleeziest of sleezy, and he plays killer clown so well–creepy…but with a smile on his face.  Just hilarious.

The kills in this movie are just perfect.  Ironic and creative, and just a lot of fun to watch. Don’t get me wrong, there are some really brutal scenes in this movie, but they play the comedy so well, that I think even the wooziest of people could tolerate watching them.

Great young cast as well.  Both the young birthday party group, and the older high school group were awesome.  No weak links among the lot of them, in my opinion.  The casting done between the two groups worked really well–the older versions actually seemed like older versions of the little brats.

My Rating: Huzzah!

This flick was a lot of fun. The humor is incredibly dry, so be warned if that’s not your cup of tea.  Also, might wanna avoid it if you don’t like lots of awesome blood and guts.

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