Alternate titles : Killer Clown.

Tagline : "You'll Die Laughing."

StitchesSet in Ireland, the film stars Geordie comedian Ross Noble as an exceptionally foul mouthed children's party entertainer, named Stitches the Clown. Whilst trying to keep the unruly young brats entertained at young Tommy's birthday party, he has an unfortunate accident with a pair of knotted shoe laces and a carving knife, and that's the end of poor Stitches. Or is it....

Flashing forward 6 years and Tommy's friends twist his arm into throwing a party at his house whilst his parents are away for the weekend. Inviting many of his class mates over, as the music starts and the alcohol begins to flow, it seems that someone else who was at Tommy's last birthday celebration all those years ago has decided to make an aappearance.

Yes, Stitches is back. Seems he was part of some black magic clown cult (or something rather silly like that), and following a ritual by the other clowns in his group in the nearby graveyard, he returns to gatecrash the party. Shortly afterwards, the young kids that were responsible for that fateful accident 6 years ago begin to discover that jokes are never as funny the second time round...

Also starring Tommy Knight (that lad out of the "Sarah Jane Adventures") and Gemma-Leigh Devereux (from "The Tudors") overall I really liked this one, Noble is aptly cast as the foul mouthed Stitches, who kind of reminded me of Captain Spaulding from "House of 1000 Corpses" and there were some really funny scenes, though I did find some of the comedy a little hit and miss in places, as I'm not really into "Inbetweeners" style teen-humour. Plus, for a film set in Ireland, there seemed to be rather a lot of English actors in this.

But the film more than made up for this with Noble's sleazy performance and the spectacular graphic excesses, which include someone getting their eye gouged out with an umbrella, in a scene that would put a Fulci film to shame, and another unfortunate sole having his entrails ripped out and fashioned into balloon animals.

So to sum up, I'd advise checking this one out, though it's definitely not a film I would recommend to people who suffer from coulrophobia (that's fear of clowns).

Overall Marks : 6/10.

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