With the second season of Hemlock Grove upon us and the trailer for The Green Inferno making the rounds, I find myself in the usual position of defending Mr. Eli Roth. He is quite the polarizing figure; I guess he is a love/hate type of life situation. Well, he is about to test my love for him with another upcoming film tiled Clown.
Starting as a fake trailer from Jon Watts and Christopher D. Ford, Clown tells the story of a father who decides to dress up for his son's birthday party. Finding a hidden clown costume in his home is, apparently, not weird to him so he puts it on only to discover that it will not come off. Once this costume has been put on, transformation into a demon is imminent. Here is the fake trailer;
Perhaps I'm super gullible, but this trailer looks pretty real to me. In fact, it looks so real, that Eli Roth ended up hearing about the clown movie he was making. Roth has been quoted as saying, “I loved how ballsy they were, issuing a trailer that said, ‘From the Master of Horror, Eli Roth.’ Some people thought I’d made the movie, or that it was another fake Grindhouse trailer. The first thing they said was, ‘Thank you for not suing us, but I told them, ‘This is Hollywood, and while it’s tradition that every movie eventually ends up in a lawsuit, you only sue when you are fighting over profits. It’s no fun to sue before there’s any money.”’
As if being demonic weren't enough, this clown costume also causes the wearer to consume children. A demonic, child eating clown; this is not going to work well with my coulrophobia.
In the official trailer, you'll notice that the body modification aspect is focused on and who doesn't love a good body modification horror? As of now, the film is finished, but has been put on hold awaiting distribution. Many times when a film gets "shelved", we become immediately suspicious of the movie's quality. I will simply remind you that You're Next also sat around waiting to scare and delight us.