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Giants are beings of prodigious size and strength common in the mythology and legends of many cultures. They are a major archetype of horror movies. In this book, film critic Steve Hutchison reviews and ranks 50 of the best horror movies featuring giants ever released. How many have you seen?

Clown

A father puts on a clown suit for his son's birthday, only to realize it is cursed and won't come off.

 

United States
Canada
2014
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Relative: 
Father
Trickster: 
Lurer
Clown: 
Buffoon
Object: 
Garment
6
Brutally funny!
6
5.04
7.04
7.04
3
4
3
Effects
Dialogue
Plot
Despite an evocative title, and while it is truly horrifying, Clown is not the quintessential killer buffoon movie. It’s not just about an evil clown but a haunted costume, ultimately, that engulfs his wearer and transmutes him slowly then drives him crazy. This is not the clown your mom warned you about. He’s much worse. His transformation is slow, painful, and disgusting.
The film goes in really dark places. It goes as far as making children potential victims, and it doesn’t give them a special treatment. The clown costume comes with a dense mythos that would be too heavy in the hands of weak writers. On the contrary, in this case, it gives the movie depth. For a good while, we’re not sure what kind of creature we are dealing with.
The actors are excellent. The camera is always where it needs to be. The script focuses on the right elements. This is storytelling at its best. I wouldn’t call Clown a comedy, but it’s a rapid fire of dark humor and sarcasm. Children dying horribly can be funny. Extreme gore can be hilarious. Clowns are hysterical. For all these reasons, this movie deserves to be seen.
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