Now I'm sure many of you will
remember a rather amusing Irish zombie film from a few years back called
"Dead Meat" (if not, then go watch it NOW)? Well after 8 years,
director Conor McMahon has finally returned with this extremely fun comedy
horror about an undead killer clown.
Set in Ireland, the film stars Geordie comedian Ross Noble as an exceptionally
foul mouthed children's party entertainer, named Stitches the Clown. Whilst
trying to keep the unruly young brats entertained at young Tommy's birthday
party, he has an unfortunate accident
with a pair of knotted shoe laces and a carving knife, and that's the end of poor Stitches, or is it....
Flashing forward 6 years and Tommy's friends twist his arm into throwing a party
at his house whilst his parents are away for the weekend. Inviting many of his
class mates over, as the music starts and the alcohol begins to flow, it seems
that someone else who was at Tommy's last birthday celebration all those years
ago has decided to make a reappearance.
Yes, Stitches is back. Seems he was
part of some black magic clown cult (or something rather silly like that), and
following a ritual by the other clowns in his group in the nearby graveyard, he
returns to gatecrash the party. Shortly afterwards, the young kids that were
responsible for that fateful accident 6 years ago begin to discover that
jokes are never as funny the second time round...
Also starring Tommy Knight (that lad out of the "Sarah Jane Adventures") and Gemma-Leigh Devereux
(from "The Tudors") overall I really liked
this one, Noble is aptly cast as the foul mouthed Stitches, who kind of reminded
me of Captain Spaulding from "House of 1000 Corpses" and "Devils Rejects" and
there was some genuinely funny scenes, though I did find some of the comedy a
little hit and miss in places, as I'm not really into "Inbetweeners" style
teen-humour. Plus, for a film set in Ireland, there seemed to be rather a lot of
English actors in this.
But the film more than made up for this with Noble's sleazy performance and the
spectacular graphic excesses, which include someone getting their eye gouged out
with an umbrella, in a scene that would put a Fulci film to shame, and another
unfortunate sole having his entrails ripped out and fashioned into balloon
So to sum up, I'd advise checking this one out, though it's definitely not a
film I would recommend to people who suffer from coulrophobia (that's fear of
Overall marks : 6/10.
Comedian Ross Noble
actually used to be in a clown troupe and worked as a street
juggler, as well as selling balloons as a stilt walker, before
turning to comedy. Several of the tricks he does with the knife and
the umbrella he actually performed himself and were not done using
The idea of Stitches
came about after Writer/Director Conor McMahon was trying to write a
horror-comedy, but was having difficulty making the comedy element
of the script work. So figured if he made the killer a Clown, that
would be sufficiently silly.
The idea of clowns
painting their face make up onto an egg when they join a troupe wasn't made up
for the film. There is a society called Clowns International and
when you join you have to have your face make up painted onto an
egg, which is held in their registry and acts like a copyright of
your particular make up style. Clowns International actually have a
bank vault full of these painted eggs. When director Conor McMahon
found out about this he decided to include the egg painting into the
The Graveyard used in
the film was Craugh Cemetery, located South of Dublin, which was the
same one used in the classic 1968 Michael Cane film "The Italian
Ross Noble caused a
bit of a stir in a local pub during filming, as he went in to use
the toilet after shooting the graveyard scene whilst still wearing
all his gory clown make-up.