@theevilbread faces the fear of many a child (and adult) in Clown...
The tone of the film varies from both dark and comedic in parts, it doesn’t take itself too seriously which considering the plot for the film, is a smart choice to make. However, there are a couple of scenes that stick out from the rest and are very well executed. One of these particular scenes shows us our first glimpse of the Clöyne in found-footage style and it looks nothing short of brilliant. They managed to shroud the image of the demon while letting us see just enough to know that you never, ever want to run into this monstrosity. Just the visuals with the combination of how the thing moves is quite foreboding.
In terms of subtext, there’s not much to go here, it’s setting out to be an entertaining horror film and it does just that, I guess you could read that the film explores a father battling the urge to harm his child but that would be reading a little too deep into it, no, Clown doesn’t need any hidden meanings of philosophies for what it’s aiming to do.
The special effects are pretty good when it comes to the subtle increasing transformations from man to clown as the narrative progresses, obviously it’s not subtle when it’s first introduced but from then on, each scene presents a slight difference, some pointed out to us and some not. A nice touch for those who have an eye for detail.
Overall Clown is a fun little flick. It’s not going to be etched into the horror hall of fame, but it is an entertaining film with some impressive ideas and visual effects. The folklore was great, something I could’ve easily learned more about without getting bored. It’s like ‘The Fly’ with a red nose and big feet and that my friends, is an idea guaranteed to be entertaining.
Clown is now available to own on DVD in the UK.