Written by Daniel Benson
Published on Thursday, 12 July 2012 19:48
Time for a look at the next film from Film4 Frightfest's annual horror movie festival in August 2012. This time it's another British production, Stitches, with an unlikely lead performance by Geordie comedian Ross Noble. If I had to look over a list of UK comedians and take a wild guess at who might fork their career into acting, I'm pretty sure Noble would be nowhere near the top. That said, I'm a fan of his off-the-wall humour, so I'm keen to see how he transitions to the big screen and whether Stitches will deliver the darkly comic delights it promises.
The film is directed by Conor McMahon (Dead Meat) and tells the story of jaded Richard Grindle (aka Stitches the Clown), the sleaziest clown working the children’s party circuit in Ireland. Arriving late to one birthday, his timing is off, the bratty kids a nightmare and a prank goes horribly wrong - he falls on a kitchen knife and goes to that Big Top in the sky. Years later the same nasty kids attend another more grown-up bash. Little do they know, thanks to a black magic clown cult, Stitches will be the uninvited guest of honour seeking revenge on those responsible for his untimely death. Laughs and gore combine in this twisted tale of one very bad clown.
Stitches will have its world premiere as Frightfest's final film of the day on Friday 24th August, so it looks like the offbeat, black humour will be ideal for the midnight crowd. It will hit UK cinemas on the 26th October, just in time for Halloween.
Links: Frightfest | Stitches on Facebook | Stitches Website
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