Stitches review: Some knock knocks you just don’t answer
"That's for saying my balloon animals were shit!"
Release Date: 25 October 2012
18 | 86 minutes
Distributor: Kaleidoscope Entertainment
Director: Conor McMahon
Cast: Ross Noble, Tommy Knight, Gemma-Leah Devereux, John McDonnell
It doesn’t take that much imagination to cast lanky funnyman Ross Noble as a zombie clown with a score to settle (come on, he barely needs a change of shirt), but what Stitches lacks in originality, it makes up for in the deliciously gruesome. Who needs a plot, character development or message when you’ve got an undead children’s entertainer making animals out of his victims’ intestines?
Turning 16 is a stressful affair, and no one knows that better than shy, intelligent Tommy (Tommy Knight, best known as Luke from The Sarah Jane Adventures). Not only will his party inevitably be crashed by idiots he’s known since birth, but he has to deal with the constant fear that Stitches – the clown they inadvertently caused the death of six years ago – might show up with vengeance on his mind. No clown’s soul can rest until they finish their performance, and – as Stitches himself says – the joke is never as funny the second time around.
Stitches is a must for those who appreciate imaginative gore-mongering, with scene after scene of brain-scooping, lung-exploding, eye-javelin-ing brilliance. But the plot hangs on this and this alone – it’s essentially a series of dark, occasionally sickening, always hilarious teen deaths. So if you’re not lusting for blood, don’t bother. Tongue in cheek, crude and ridiculous, Stitches‘ punchlines don’t always hit, but they certainly cause a mess when they do.
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