Clown: First Look - Undead Monday

Posted by Grey Monday, November 10, 2014

This Undead Monday, we checked on the upcoming horror film produced by Eli Roth that has somehow proven to be every would-be horror film-makers' dream: Clown. 

Before the childrens of this generation lay their eyes on the remarkably horrifying Twisty the Clown (brilliantly portrayed by John Caroll Lynch) in the recent American Horror Story: Freak Show, Coulrophobia has been around for a very long time, many thanks to the iconic imagery of Pennywise the Dancing Clown in Stephen King's It. However, in Clown, the latest entry in a long series of horror films produced by American film-maker Eli Roth, the story both on and off screen is considerably fascinating.

Originally a faux trailer conjured by aspiring horror film-maker Jon Watts, Clown focused on the bizarre story of a loving father who took on the role of the party clown when the clown he hired failed to turn up at his son's sixth birthday celebration. After the party, the father discovered that the costume, complete with a red nose and a colorful wig, will not come off. Deep inside, something also turned dark and cold for the father who will be gradually transformed into a grotesque clown with a bloodlust. 

Originally catching Roth's attention when Roth's very own name was used in the faux trailer, Roth was later intrigued by the material to the extent that he decided to produced the film. In an interview with Deadline back in 2010, Roth shared his excitement on the project:

“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.’ But I really felt these guys deserved a shot, and that people are truly freaked out by evil clowns. It’s new territory to make this a version of The Fly, where this guy can feel himself changing, blacking out only to find blood all over his clown suit. You’re sympathetic toward a monster until the monster actually takes over.”

And here we are in 2014, with the full feature film directed by Watts days away from its world premiere in Italy. With no further ado, you can check out the trailer for the real film right below followed by the original faux trailer.

And here's the faux trailer that triggered the whole thing.

Ahead of the film's premiere in Italy, an interesting incident happened to perhaps drum up more hype for the film's release. As indicated in an Instagram post from Roth, the original poster was accordingly banned in Italy. The marketing team for the Italian wing quickly (and quite literally) covered things up with a new poster that has been called out by Roth in a later Instagram post as "even creepier". Check out both versions of the poster right below and decide for yourself.

The original.

The edited.

Distributed by Dimension Films, Clown will be released in Italy on 13 November. As of now, no US release date has been announced.


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