Personally, I’m not big on evil clowns. They don’t scare me the way they do some people; perhaps because I never had a bad experience at a circus where one suddenly ran out of the darkness at me, or got up in my face. I also haven’t ever been to Cirque De Soliel on ‘shrooms, (or been anywhere near CDeS at all, or ever tried ‘shrooms for that matter). I’ve noticed that Tim Curry‘s portrayal of Pennywise the Clown from the TV miniseries adaptation of Stephen King’s novel It makes a lot of “Top Ten Scariest”-type lists on You Tube.
Stitches is one movie with an evil clown that sounds like a fun, fresh premise …made by horror fans for horror fans.
Doesn’t scare me anywhere near as much as, say, almost any Asian ghost-woman with long black hair her in her face creeping towards me with weird crab-like movement that violate the laws of physics, or discovering a substantial spider (or even a medium-sized) one in any part of our house. I wouldn’t want to find a clown (evil or otherwise) hiding in the back seat of my car, or standing across the street glaring at me in the same spot every morning when I go out to get the paper or anything, but they’re just not that creepy to me like they are to Kramer from Seinfeld, Jesse Eisenberg’s character in Zombieland, or any of those afflicted with …what’s the actual psychiatric condition for a phobia of clowns?
Coulrophobia is an actual documented psychological condition, it’s even got a diagnosis code to prove it: DSM-IV Code 300.29). . I’m not going to make fun of anyone’s phobias, I’ve got my own fears that probably sound stupid to most people. The worst thing a spider can do is bite you (which can be potentially dangerous depending on the style of spider) but there’s a local bar we like that has a stuffed, mounted bird-eating tropical spider the size of a fucking dinner place, mounted in a glass display case, clearly not only deceased but placed so high on the wall a grown man would need to get out a ladder to move it. I still can barely look at it and basically pretend it’s not there, no matter how many drinks I have.
Stitches is one movie with an evil clown that sounds like a fun premise, made by horror fans for horror fans. Oh, and it’s supposed to be plenty gory. I love the back-story (you can read more in the actual re-press link below) and hear it’s supposed to be gruesome and fun …plus even scary for people like me who have clowns downgraded towards the bottom of their list of intrinsically scary things.
One more thing—I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention my pick for the most nightmarish scene involving a clown. When we saw Romero’s Diary of the Dead in the theater, almost everyone in the audience, including me, exclaimed “HOAH!” in various volumes. This was just part of the genius of George Romero, who almost seemed as though he tried to come up with a scene that would scare even those of us non-Coulrophobiacs. Check it out below, now THAT poor kid–even if she escapes– is never going to be okay with anything remotely clown-like the rest of her life.
Now check out the below link for an awesome story from anythinghorror.com to find out much more on the UK horror flick Stitches!
Stitches is One Bad Clown & He’s Got the Quad One-Sheet to Prove it!
- UK Quad for Stitches Features One Bad Clown (dreadcentral.com)
- Ross Noble zombie clown slasher comedy (thesun.co.uk)
- Who’s afraid of the big bad clown? (wheredoyougetyourideas.net)
- Evil Clown Commercial! (storiesbywilliams.com)
Thanks for the ping-back! A fairly recent cop-show-with-a-twist – “Ashes to Ashes” – featured a spooky clown in its first series which freaked a fair few people out. It wasn’t horror, but it was Significant and menacing, in a British sort of way.
Not a problem! I’ll have to check that out. “Scary or Die” is supposed to have a really great final segment about a guy bitten by a clown who starts to transform into one. I love anthology horror movies (unless they turn out to be shitty) so I’m going to try my best to see it. Thanks for the recommendation. Will keep an eye on your blog!