Eli Roth is a busy guy as of late. When he is not making in cameos in other peoples' work he is knocking out extreme horror classics.
With Aftershock coming out last year and the Green Inferno still to come, there is no shortage of Eli Roth horror. Luckily for us he is not stopping yet and is turning his hand to producing, this time a new horror shocker directed by Jon Watts called Clown.
Originally Clown was a fake trailer created by Jon Watts and Christopher D. Ford, which focused on a father who, after getting let down by an entertainer for his son’s birthday bash, decides to dress up himself. He finds a hidden clown costume in the house, but after putting it on, discovers he can’t remove it. His body starts to undergo a new transformation into something a lot more demonic. Below is the original Clown trailer:
If I had not been told this was a fake trailer, I would have never known as it is very well put together and tightly crafted, giving us some maximum scares along the way. Now this mix of creepy clowns and Eli’s bloody hand seems like a match made in heaven. But how Eli Roth came across this movie is an even more interesting story.
“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. The first thing they said was, ‘Thank you for not suing us, but I told them, ‘This is Hollywood, and while it’s tradition that every movie eventually ends up in a lawsuit, you only sue when you are fighting over profits. It’s no fun to sue before there’s any money.”’
So how does the new movie compare? See for yourself as the new, and real, Clown trailer is below.
There is a bigger emphasis on the demonic aspect of the costume now, which works really well, with references to an ancient demon briefly appearing throughout this trailer. The children eating aspect works great and adds some nice tension filled scenes for when demon clown father and son finally meet. The thing I noticed the most was that although this uses the elements of a possession movie, it feels much more like a body modification film, in similar terms of early David Cronenberg’s remake of The Fly. The main character is an innocent man who is going through a horrific transformation and we are taken along with him through this change. Eli further explained his reasons for getting behind the film:
“But 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.”
The film was finished last year, but was put on hold while distribution was found. The trailer is great because it does look like it could be a very entertaining horror flick. As of yet, no release date has been announced, so let’s hope we are not kept waiting too long for this potentially touching and gory affair.
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