This movie is great. It is a combination of horror and comedy. If you are a die hard horror fan, then this movie may not be for you. But if you like the Child's Play genre, then this is right up your alley. It combines wit and humor with some horrific scenes. The violence in this movie is of the cartoon-ish nature. But when you look at the cover, how could it not be.
From the opening scene of the main character, Stitches, in full clown-attire, being with his lady, you know what type of movie it is going to be. She even says one of the most hilarious lines of the movie, but it cannot be repeated here. It involves what they are doing. Stitches then has to get ready to perform at a child's birthday party. When he arrives, he cannot do anything to impress the unruly kids. The kids are pretty monstrous at this party and eventually, not really a spoiler alert, they accidentally kill Stitches. The birthday boy is mortified as he sticks around for some more gruesome stuff. The boy, traumatized by the event, eventually goes to visit Stitches grave, when he comes across a ritual taking place amongst some other clowns. It is both creepy and funny at the same time. Who doesn't think clowns are creepy?
Fast forward some years, and now the kids from the party are now all in high school. There is the core 4, which includes the birthday boy, then there are 2 bullying punks, and the birthday boy's crush, who is now dating a musician. The birthday boy has an open house and decides to have a birthday party. At first it was supposed to be the main gang, but eventually, like any of teen movie, it ends up a raging house party. The birthday boy is still traumatized by the events he saw and now thinks he sees clowns everywhere.
The ritual that took place in the cemetery, now seems to have awoken Stitches, who is now bent on revenge. What takes place next, is a series of gruesome, yet comical revenge kills. Stitches wants to exact his revenge on the brats that got him killed. There is wit and humor with each kill and I am not going to give them all away, but at the party, the 80's song by Cutting Crew plays - "I, almost died in your arms tonight"... and the movie cuts to Stitches holding a recent murder victim in his arms. Classic! Eventually the main character gets his crush and his best friend to believe him that Stitches has returned, but not before a few more humorous and sick deaths occur. I will just mention balloon animals and an umbrella. The umbrella scene was also very witty because it cuts between a scene where a couple are about to have sex and he throws the girl on his bed, and cuts to a scene of Stitches chasing a girl, and she ends up on a bed.
The main characters, figure out that the ritual done years ago, has something to do with Stitches resurrection. They set out to the cemetery to hopefully end Stitches' rebirth before its too late.
Most horror movies that involve comedy, don't pull over either. This movie is witty and dark at the same time. Like I said at the beginning, if you are a big fan of horror alone, then this might not be for you. If you like some comedy mixed with your horror, and done right, then you will enjoy this movie. I saw the preview of this movie on another horror movie I have and immediately thought of getting it. I was not disappointed.
Everybody Happy? (Stitches' catchphrase)
At least I am.