Stitches (2012)

Stitches (2012)

Released: 2012
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Genre, Horror
Director: Conor McMahon
Starring: Eoghan McQuinn, Tommy Knight, Ross Noble, ,
Run time: 86 min
IMDb: 5.7/10
Country: Ireland
Views: 122723


The clumsy and unfunny clown Richard “Stitches” Grindle goes to the birthday party of little Tom and the boy and his friends play a prank with Stitches, tying his shoelaces. Stitches slips, falls and dies. Six years later, Tom gives a birthday party for his friends at home and the clown revives to haunt the teenagers and revenge his death.
Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
User Reviews: While the slasher/comedy/horror genre has been done to death, the Irish film ‘Stitches’ takes the main elements of the genre and puts a fresh twist on it.

The story has a real ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ vibe: Ross Noble plays Stitches, a cynical clown who is accidentally killed by some bratty kids at a birthday party. A clown cult preserves his spirit and six years later Stitches returns to exact revenge on the same kids, now teenagers.

While ‘Stitches’ may be a lot more low-budget than modern horror fans are used to, it works because it’s funny, it has imaginative and creative death scenes (another ‘Elm Street’ nod) and the over-the-top gore: including intestines being turned into a balloon animal, a head being blown up with a balloon pump, an umbrella through the eye and brains being scooped out with a can opener and an ice cream scoop. It’s basically an old-school slasher film with a few updates.

Noble is the only known actor in the film and he carries is: rather than lazily trade on his stand-up persona, he manages to balance the funny and creepy side of Stitches (even killing a poor, innocent cat during his rampage). He seems to be genuinely enjoying it, delivering his kills with bad clown puns.

The teenage cast does a serviceable job but play second fiddle to Stitches’ killing spree.

If you’re a fan of old-school slashers which balance the funny and the gory, then ‘Stitches’ is worth a look.

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