Stitches (2012) **
D: Conor McMahon
C: Ross Noble, Tommy Knight, Shane Murray-Corcoran, Gemma-Leah Devereux, Thommas Kane Byrnes, Eoghan McQuinn
P: A clown (Noble) raises from the grave to seek revenge on a group of kids who were responsible for his death ten years earlier.
Creating a revenge based horror film is a tricky thing. On one hand, you have to be able to root for the person seeking out revenge against those that did them wrong. On the other hand, you have to at least be entertained by those that the character is seeking out revenge against, but you can't sympathize with those characters too much, otherwise the revenge is unsatisfying.
The problem with Stitches is that it's hard to root for this clown character seeking out revenge, because Noble's character comes across as too mean spirited. And it's hard to root against those that Noble's character is seeking revenge against, because the accident that resulted in the character's death was committed by a group of kids who were just messing around and didn't fully realize what they were doing.
Stitches is one of those films that must have seemed like a good idea as there are some clever ideas and the clown references are ingeniously integrated into the film. The film's flawed approach to the material results in a contemptible tone that bogs down the proceedings and takes away from what could have been a fun and entertaining film, a film that could have perhaps even been cult worthy companion to Killer Klowns from Outer Space. [R] 87 mins.
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