Stitches (Ross Noble), a crewed children’s clown, is as bad and burnt out as clowns can get. He lacks social skills and the desire to entertain the children at Tom’s birthday party. Falling to entertain, the children torment him in their own ways with one bad prank contributing to the death of Stitches. Six years later Tom (Tommy Knight) is holding his first party since the incident which gives Stitches the opportunity to raise from his grave and exact revenge on the unruly teens.
Having the name Ross Noble be attached to this B-movie horror flick is a sure sign that this is a dark-comedy horror movie. Everything from the thin plot, cheesy effects, to simply being a cliché of horror movies foretells it to be a bad movie but yet none of this matters. Stitches gets enough right that it’s perhaps as enjoyable as Killer Clowns from Outer Space.
B-Movies are notorious for subpar acting and that is part of the charm. Stitches, supporting characters appear to be shallow and only appear to be in the film to provide gruesome deaths. Noble, on the other hand, is delightfully cheesy and has the same energy as Tim Curry’s performance as Pennywise (Stephen King’s It).
As noted the supporting cast is nothing more than fodder and that is the highlight of Stitches. Each gruesome death is imaginative and adds and extra level of dark-humor as each murder is connected in some manner to how each child tormented Stitches in the beginning of the movie. Yet it gets even better by having the special effects reek of the same low budget effects found in countless horror movies from the early 90’s. You’ve gotta love cheese!
The Bottom Line:
Stitches is in on the joke knowing that it’s 100% B-Movie quality and embraces everything that makes this type of movie so much fun.