Clowns are performers fond of physical comedy. Some are funny, some are scary. Some love children, some hate them. 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 clowns ever released. How many have you seen?
Monochrome is a dark thriller about a serial killer who doesn’t fit the mold. She’s a young female who looks good and who somewhat blends in. We basically follow two timelines: hers and a police procedural leading to her crimes. Of course, both arcs will clash at some point. So, we wait, and we listen, because there isn’t much to see. This story is more about the investigation than the murders.
The film looks good. It is dark and bleak. It is scored appropriately, written intelligently, the dialogue flows well, and the casting makes it all work. Monochrome’s major flaw is that it doesn’t stand out in a sea of procedural thrillers. It is well-made and polished, but it doesn’t have big sets or big actors. Let’s face it, we couldn’t care less about the cops. It’s the girl we want to see.
The second half of the movie has a tighter pace, which leads to a stressful series of events. There are murders, there’s gore, but, first and foremost, Monochrome is for audiences who like it slow and steady. This kind of cinema is somewhat reminiscent of procedural TV shows and detective films where the antagonist comes second. It is mature and down-to-earth.