Blu-ray Review “Clown”

clown-bluActors: Andy Powers, Peter Stormare, Laura Allen, Elizabeth Witmere
Directors: Jon Watts
Rated: R
Studio: Anchor Bay Studios
Release Date: August 23, 2016
Run Time: 100 minutes

Film: 3 out of 5 stars
Blu-ray: 3 out of 5 stars
Extras: 1 out of 5 stars

Who isn’t scared of clowns?! They just strike fear into the hearts of everyone. “Clown” had a lot of potential but doesn’t achieve it fully. The idea is there for this to be really creepy and scary but it ends up being neither. The story doesn’t really flesh out and walk around a bit.   The film stars Laura Allen (“The 4400″), Andy Powers (“ER”, “Oz”), Peter Stormare (“Fargo”) and produced by Master of Horror Eli Roth (“Hostel”, “Cabin Fever”). Unfortunately, Stormare (whom I LOVE) pops in here and there and doesn’t do much. I’ve seen this twice and it doesn’t get any better to be honest, probably recommend skipping this and re-watching “Stephen King’s IT”.

Official Premise: The story of a loving father who dons a clown outfit and makeup to perform at his son’s sixth birthday, only to later discover that the costume – red nose and wig included– will not come off and his own personality changing in a horrific fashion. To break the curse of the evil outfit, the father must make grim choices with his own family facing danger.

The Blu-ray comes with a digital HD copy, which was a bit of a surprise honestly for a film like this. The 1080p transfer isn’t terrible but also doesn’t feel amazing either. The film feels really low-budget and not well shot, so I am not shocked. The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 is decent as well. I could have seen this film rocking much more with a sweet 80’s synth score or something like that. It would have really made the mood much better. There is only one special feature included here (besides the digital HD copy) called “Making ‘Clown’ Featuring Producer Eli Roth” and the title sums up the 6 minutes extra talking about the process of this coming from fan-made trailer to feature film.

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