A Noble Clown, Now That's Hilarious
When Tom (Tommy Knight/Ryan Burke) was just a young child his mum arranged for clown Richard "Stitches" Grindle (Ross Noble) to come to his birthday party. Well it turned out to be a party Tom would never forget as between Stitches being vile and his friends being obnoxious things don't go well and they end up in tragedy when a prank sees Stitches accidentally slip and die. Six years later and its birthday time for Tom not that he celebrates anymore especially as he keeps on having visions involving psycho clowns. But this year Tom decides to have a party and an unwanted guest shows up in the form of Stitches, risen from the grave and seeking revenge.
"f@#k me clown" features early on in "Stitches" as we see a dishevelled looking Ross Noble as a clown doing his girlfriend as she is bent over. And yes that scene is as hilarious as it sounds from it featuring Ross Noble as a dishevelled looking clown with an ill fitting bald cap to those words the woman says. And it just gets better as this opening sees Stitches the clown being abusive to the children he is meant to be entertaining and the children being just as abusive back. And just when you think what next we have the blood spurting demise of Stitches which will have you in stitches at its almost obscene nature.
Hey but that is just the opening 10 to 15 minutes of "Stitches" and the story picks things up six years later and straight away hits you with more in your face horror comedy with one of Tommy's visions involving clowns. Anyway I could go on but trust me when I say if you love in your face horror comedies which have fun with body parts, clowns and plenty of fake blood you are going to love everything "Stitches" throws at you even if the whole murder victim coming back to life for revenge storyline is as over used as it can get.
Much of the success of "Stitches" is down to Ross Noble as it is his comical don't give a damn attitude and of course his accent which makes the character of Stitches so memorable. But it is also the extreme and intentionally over the top nature of the horror which makes you laugh, especially when it comes to pulling a rabbit out of an orifice and you might think twice about using an ice cream scoop again. And listening to the song "I Just Died in Your Arms Tonight" may conjure up some strange visions after watching this.
What this all boils down to is that if you love daft, over the top horror comedies you will love the insanity which goes on in "Stitches". And trust me when I say you are not going to forget "Stitches" in a very long time as it has so much horror comedy and gore going on that you don't care that the whole revenge after dead storyline is cliche.