Clown (film)

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Clown (2014 film) poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJon Watts
Written by
  • Christopher Ford
  • Jon Watts
Produced by
CinematographyMatthew Santo
Edited byRobert Ryang
Music byMatt Veligdan
Distributed byDimension Films
Release date
  • November 13, 2014 (2014-11-13) (Italy)
  • June 17, 2016 (2016-06-17) (United States)
Running time
100 minutes[2]
CountryUnited States[1]
Budget$1.5 million[3]
Box office$2.1 million[4]

Clown is a 2014 American horror film directed by Jon Watts, produced by Mac Cappuccino, Eli Roth and Cody Ryder, and written by Watts and Christopher Ford. It stars Laura Allen, Andy Powers and Peter Stormare. Visual effects for the clown monster were done by Jagdeep Khoza, Alterian, Inc. and Tony Gardner. Principal photography began in November 2012, in Ottawa. The film was released in Italy on November 13, 2014,[5] in the UK on March 2, 2015, and in the United States on June 17, 2016, by Dimension Films.[6]


Kent McCoy, a real estate agent, is a loving husband and father who hosts a birthday party for his young son Jack. However, the clown hired for their party is unable to make it. Fortunately, Kent discovers an old clown costume in the basement of a house he is selling and puts it on. After the party, he falls asleep wearing the costume, and the next morning finds he is unable to take it off.

He is forced to go to work wearing the costume, where he again tries to remove it. When he returns home, he complains about the situation to his wife Meg. She is able to remove the fake nose, but unintentionally wounds him in the process. The family dog, Shadow, accidentally eats the fake nose. Meg also realizes the clown's wig has become Kent's real hair. Kent starts to exhibit strange behavior and experiences a deep sense of hunger, eating all the food in the house.

Kent enlists the help of Herbert Karlsson, the suit's previous owner. Karlsson begs him not to touch the costume, but after learning Kent is already wearing it, insists on meeting him at the old costume warehouse. Kent learns that the costume is actually the hair and skin of an ancient Icelandic demon called the "Clöyne". Karlsson drugs Kent, revealing that the only way to prevent the metamorphosis is by dismemberment. Kent fights back and subdues Karlsson, and while driving him to the police station to report the assault, his fingers and toes begin to grow excessively, causing him to crash the car.

Kent decides to try to kill himself, and goes to one of his properties. He shoots himself in the mouth, spattering the wall with rainbow blood, but he quickly regenerates and survives. He then meets a child who attempts to befriend him. Kent attempts to behead himself with a pair of buzz saws, but a fluke accident causes the saw blades to shatter apart, killing the boy. Kent realizes he wants to eat the child, and does so just before Meg finds him. Once at home, he tells Meg to chain him up in the basement, telling her not to let him out. He learns from Jack that one of his classmates had bullied him at school. Kent finds the bully and eats him.

Karlsson tells Meg that the wearer can remove the suit only after eating five children. She also learns that many years ago, Karlsson put on the costume to entertain the children at a hospital where his brother Martin worked. To free his brother, Martin smuggled out five terminally ill children to feed the demon. When Karlsson was freed from the costume, the brothers tried and failed to destroy it.

Kent fully succumbs to the demon and sneaks into a local Chuck E. Cheese's, where he devours one child in the ballpit and another in the tube slides. Blood and a severed arm flows down the slide, causing a panic, and the playzone and restaurant are evacuated. Meg finds Kent as Karlsson attempts to decapitate him with an axe. Before Kent can kill Karlsson, Meg tries to communicate with him. Instead, the demon orders her to find and feed him one more child in order to release Kent. She must bring the fifth child to their "special place", otherwise the Clöyne will find and kill Jack. However, Meg refuses.

The Clöyne sneaks into the house and kills Meg's father, Walt. Meg fights against him, but the demon attempts to devour their unborn baby from her womb. After cutting the demon's neck, Meg knocks his head off with a hammer and apologizes to Jack for everything. However, due to a muscle still attached to the body, the Clöyne revives. Meg finally rips off the demon's head, killing both the demon and her husband. While embracing her son, she watches in horror as the Clöyne's skin melts away, revealing the decapitated Kent. The end of the film shows the costume packed away by the police as evidence.


  • Laura Allen as Meg McCoy
  • Andy Powers as Kent McCoy
  • Peter Stormare as Herbert Karlsson
  • Elizabeth Whitmere as Denise
  • Christian Distefano as Jack McCoy
  • Chuck Shamata as Walt
  • Robert Reynolds as Dr. Martin Karlsson
  • Lucas Kelly as Colton
  • Michael Riendeau as Robbie
  • Matthew Stefiuk as Detective
  • Miller Timlin as Camper
  • Eli Roth as Frowny the Clown


Eli Roth was the film's producer and had a brief cameo as Frowny the Clown.

In November 2010, Jon Watts and Christopher D. Ford uploaded a fake trailer to YouTube that announced Eli Roth would produce the film; Roth was not involved at the time. Roth spoke about the film, saying: "I loved how ballsy they were, issuing a trailer that said, 'From the Master of Horror, Eli Roth.' Some people thought I'd made the movie, or that it was another fake Grindhouse trailer... I really felt these guys deserved a shot, and that people are truly freaked out by evil clowns. It's new territory to make this a version of The Fly, where this guy can feel himself changing, blacking out only to find blood all over his clown suit. You're sympathetic toward a monster until the monster actually takes over."[7]

Principal photography began in November 2012 in Ottawa. Roth joined as a producer, and Watts directed the film based on a screenplay co-written with Ford.[8]


Matt Veligdan composed the film's score, which also featured eight songs.

Soundtrack album by
Matt Veligdan
ReleasedDecember 27, 2014
RecordedDecember 27, 2014
GenreMovie soundtrack
LabelEpic Records
ProducerMatt Veligdan
  • Benjamin Dickinson – "Frowny the Clown"
  • Brian McKenna – "Mexican Lindo"
  • Jared Gutstadt – "Taste of Mexico"
  • Gods of Fire – "The Long Walk"
  • Matt Veligdan – "Sonata La Squarzona"
  • Neil Sedaka – "King of Clowns"
  • Matt Veligdan – "Hardship"
  • Nirvana – "Everybody Loves a Clown"


In September 2012, Dimension Films and FilmNation Entertainment acquired distribution rights to the film.[9] The film was released on November 13, 2014 in Italy.[10] The UK premiere was February 27, 2015, in Scotland at FrightFest Glasgow 2015, followed by the DVD and Blu-ray release March 2, 2015.[11] The film was also released in the Philippines on March 25, 2015 and in Mexico on May 22, 2015. After being delayed, the film was released in the United States on June 17, 2016.[12]


On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, Clown holds an approval rating of 44% based on 25 reviews, and an average rating of 4.6/10.[13]

Dominic Cuthbert of Starburst rated it 7/10 stars and wrote, "Clown may be formulaic and filled up to the guts with familiar tropes, but it is tremendous fun and an effective body horror."[14] Howard Gorman of Scream magazine rated it 5/5 stars and wrote, "With Clown the filmmakers have created an all-new monster of demonic proportions and it's a concept that certainly deserves to spawn a sequel or two as the sky really is the limit."[15] Jeremy Aspinall of the Radio Times rated it 2/5 stars and described it as "efficiently put together if a little sedate in pace".[16] Anton Bitel of Little White Lies wrote that the film doubles as an equally harrowing story of "a family man's losing struggle with his own paedophiliac impulses".[17] Brad Miska of Bloody Disgusting rated it 3/5 stars and wrote, "Even though it's mostly a bore, there's still some really cool and fun stuff scattered throughout."[18] Keri O'Shea of Brutal as Hell wrote, "Neither frightening nor funny, here's another lesson to prove that fake trailers are often fine just as they are."[19] Joel Harley of HorrorTalk rated it 2/5 stars and wrote, "What could have been one of the few great killer clown movies winds up as yet another disappointment, being too uneven in tone and pace to be considered a success."[20]


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