Clowns have always been a staple of the horror genre – think Stephen King’s It, or even Killer Klowns From Outer Space.

Well, taking that set-up in a slasher direction is helmer Conor McMahon with his effort Stitches.

Starring stand-up comic Ross Noble as sleazy clown Richard Grindle, this Irish flick is black comedy at its best.

When Grindle (or Stitches as he is known) turns up late to a kid’s birthday party, things take a sinister turn when a prank goes horribly wrong, leaving the clown toast.

Fast-forward a few years, and the kids meet up again for another party, but could the spirit of Stitches possibly return to claim some revenge?

I think you know answer to that, so if you fancy some red-nosed murderous mischief, Stitches screens at Frightfest on Friday, August 24.

About The Author

Simon Fitzjohn

Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written two books, one on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014) and the other on the history of the character Norman Bates (2015). His third book, on the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker, is due in 2017.