A recommendation: Stitches

Director: Conor McMahon

Starring: Ross Noble, Tommy Knight, Eoghan McQuinn

Synopsis: A clown comes back from the dead to haunt those who took his life during a fatal party mishap.

Ross Noble as a resurrected, vengeance seeking clown. Sounds rubbish, right? Well yes it does sound rubbish and it really shouldn’t work, but give this comedy/horror movie, focus on the comedy, a go and you may well be pleasantly surprised.

The story, minimal as it is, focuses on Stitches’, a clown who comes back from the dead to exact his revenge on a group of children after he died in a OTT party accident. The incident itself is not necessarily the fault of the children, but it’s more down to them being a horrible bunch of bastards as to why Stitches wants his revenge.

The gore level in this movie is extremely high. Every kill is based upon a trick that a clown would perform at a party, pulling a rabbit out of a hat, making party animals etc, but all with the intention of making your skin crawl. It won’t be to every one’s taste, as limbs are literally ripped from bodies, heads kicked off and quite possibly the best use of a balloon pump ever put on film.

The other characters in the film are fairly generic school kids, like a check list was ticked off as the film was being written. No bother though, they are all given enough screen time to make their mark on the audience. Thommas Kane Byrnes as Bulger gets some of the best lines in the film. Whilst our hero of the piece, Tommy, will come off to most as a bit pathetic at first but grows on you as the film progresses.

Ross Noble takes a certain delight in his demonic performance. Pulling off the one liners with glee and helping to make Stitches a very memorable villain.

The ending is slightly contrived, and anyone paying enough attention will figure it out very early on. Stitches though, is not about being smart or outwitting the audience, it’s simply a very fun horror movie and never takes itself seriously. Something a lot of modern horror movies forget to do.

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