Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 98%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 90%
IMDb Rating 8.40
Clown is a 2014 Canadian-American 3D supernatural horror film directed by Jon Watts, produced by Mac Cappuccino, Eli Roth and Cody Ryder, and written by Christopher D. Ford and Watts. The film stars Laura Allen, Andy Powers, and Peter Stormare. The visual effects for the clown monster were done by Alterian, Inc. and Tony Gardner. Principal photography began in November 2012, in Ottawa. The film was released in Italy on November 13, 2014, and was released in the United States on June 17, 2016, by Dimension Films.


Kent McCoy is a loving husband and father who hosts a birthday party for his son Jack complete with a clown. The clown accidentally goes to another party, but Kent discovers an old clown costume in the basement of a house he is selling and dresses himself to entertain everyone. After the party Kent falls asleep wearing the clown costume, but the next morning he is no longer able to take it off. The body suit, wig, and red nose are progressively adhering to his skin. When his pregnant wife Meg tries to help Kent remove the fake nose, it rips his flesh and wounds him. Kent also begins to show strange behaviour and a deep sense of hunger, with a noisy gurgling in his stomach.

Kent tries to understand what is happening to him and tracks down Herbert Karlsson, the brother of cancer treatment specialist Dr. Martin Karlsson and its previous owner. Kent learns that the costume is actually the skin and hair of an ancient demon from Northern Europe now forgotten: the "Cloyne", which attracted five children (one for each coldest month of the year) to devour. Herbert Karlsson suddenly tries to kill Kent, unsuccessfully attempting to behead him.

Kent escapes and moves away from his family and into a hotel. He fights his new and growing instinct and hunger, even contemplating suicide. He shoots himself in the mouth but does not die. He attempts to behead himself with a pair of buzzsaws but falls, causing a little boy to be killed instead. Eventually giving in, Kent becomes the demon and devours his first victim and a child that had bullied his son Jack earlier. Kent's wife Meg becomes involved, trying to understand what is afflicting her husband and to help him fight against the demon that dominates his body. Desperate, she partners with Karlsson with the intent of freeing Kent from the suit, although Karlsson is prepared to kill Kent if necessary.

Meg learns from Karlsson that freedom from the clown costume can be gained by offering the demon what it wants: children. Karlsson and his brother Martin chose to sacrifice terminally ill children from the oncology clinic that Martin worked for. Karlsson also warns Meg that the curse follows any part of it, explaining how earlier the family dog had become afflicted by the curse after eating Kent's clown "nose"; which forced him to kill it.

Kent, now almost fully lost, succumbs to the demon and begins hunting more children. He sneaks into an indoor playground and arcade and kills and devours the final number of children. Karlsson fails to kill Kent and Meg tries to get through to her husband. Instead, the demon offers her a deal: feed it one more child and it will release Kent. Meg agonizes over the offer before finally deciding to refuse it.

The demon clown then begins searching for their son Jack to devour him, even killing Jack's grandfather and ripping off his jaw. Meg begins to fight with her husband but, being pregnant, the demon is drawn to her womb. After a long chase inside the house, Meg is forced to knock his head off with a hammer, killing the demon and her husband. In the end, the costume is packed to be analyzed by the police.