Eli Roth's attachment to this film was definitely a factor that drew me to this film, however, as he did not write or direct this film, it does not share his style of filmmaking that I enjoy. While this film does have its fair share of gore, it is not nearly as frequent, nor as gruesome as that of most of Roth's films. Instead, this film focuses more on psychological horror, which is not what I expected, but is a good thing. The film also is mostly devoid from Roth's signature dark humor, instead aiming for an eerily dark tone. There are still a few comedic moments, mostly due to juxtaposition, however they are sparse. To me, that is a bit disappointing, as the premise has the potential to provide some great dark humor.
While the film does have an interesting story, it plays out a bit slowly. In my opinion, the film may have worked better as a short than a feature-length film. There are some scenes that are extended a bit too long, showing things that didn't really need to be shown. Most of the characters, however, are pretty well-developed. Justifying the main character's unjustifiable actions is hard, but regardless, the audience still hopes that the main character can escape this burden. Other characters are also well-developed, with the audience caring about their fates. These well-written characters are supplemented by great performances by the actors, especially Andy Powers and Peter Stormare.
So overall, "Clown" isn't horrible, but it also isn't great. It has an interesting premise, but it just didn't translate into a feature-length film that well. The well-written characters and good performances save the film with an otherwise lackluster plot.
Big Tuna's Rating: C
How Did I Watch It?: Digital rental.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: No.