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Paul Donovan

Sometimes fake movie trailers can turn into decent movies. This is one of them.

1. In 2010, a couple of friends, Jon Watts and Christopher Ford, made a fake movie trailer about a guy that turns into a killer clown. The trailer said it was directed by Eli Roth (known for Cabin Fever and the Hostel movies).

Eli Roth saw the fake trailer, loved it, and decided to put up the money for the two friends to actually make the movie.

2. Even though it's an American movie, and was made in 2013, it wasn't available to watch in the US until 2016.

This Italian poster was actually banned in Italy.
This Italian poster was actually banned in Italy.

3. The plot of the movie is simple and direct - a father finds a strange clown suit and puts it on for his son's birthday party, calling himself Dummo. But after the party he discovers that he can't take the costume off. After a little detective work he discovers that clowns are a modern representation of an old European demon.

4. The movie starts out kind of silly, but as the father becomes more demonic, it gets really serious and grim.

5. There are some very memorable scenes involving botched suicides, and children that Dummo... well, I won't tell you what Dummo does with the kids.

6. The movie follows basic horror conventions and doesn't go to much trouble explaining why certain things happen - you just go with it. The movie is too absurd to be really scary, but it's also too bizarre to be funny. It exists in a unique place among horror movies.

7. When it comes to scary clowns, Dummo is in the Hall of Fame.

8. People that are really coulrophobic (which means "afraid of clowns") should probably not watch this movie. People that are sensitive about seeing children in danger should also probably not watch this movie.

9. Even though it's not super scary, this is a creepy movie with some genuinely unsettling scenes. If you go into this movie with no expectations, this is a ballsy and impressive addition to some people's nightmares.


What did you think? A good contribution to clown horror, or just an unfunny film? Let us know!


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