Stitches (2012) Movie Review

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2012 | R | Horror, Comedy
86 minutes /

User Score: 55/100

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Stitches Review


A clown comes back from the dead to haunt those who took his life during a fatal party mishap.

Stitches (2012) is a British-Irish psychological comedy-fantasy horror movie that revolves around a clown returning from the dead to get revenge on a few kids who helped with his death at a birthday party. Stitches were directed and written by Conor McMahon (Dead Meat (2004), From the Dark (2014), The Braineater (2001)) who did an average job executing his screenplay. The film is 86 minutes long and was shot in Dublin, Ireland and County Wicklow, Ireland. Stitches contain sexual language, sexual content, bad language, extreme gory violence, blood, body parts being ripped off, thrills, suspense, intense moments, and comedy.

Richard Grindle (Ross Noble - Ross Noble: Unrealtime (2004), Noble: Sonic Waffle (2005), Ross Noble: Randomist (2006), Ross Noble: Fizzy Logic (2007)) is a clown who goes by the stage name Stitches. Stitches were booked for Tommy’s (Ryan Burke) eleventh birthday party but arrived late and was not forgiven by the kids as they made fun of him repeatedly. The kids were anything but nice as Tommy’s best friend Vinnie (Gerald Ahern) ties Stitches shoelace together resulting in Stitches to fall onto a knife. Stitches was furious and tried to attack the kids only to trip causing the knife to fly up into the air and landing in his eye. Stitches died, and his fellow clowns did a ritual on his grave site which resulted in Stitches to be resurrected or returned from the grave several years later.

Tommy has not been able to forget his tragic birthday party six years ago that took the life of Stitches and cannot help himself from frequently hallucinating about people turning into clowns, including his teacher. The movie skips forward to six years later where we see Tommy (Tommy Knight - The Sarah Jane Adventures (2007), Closets (2015), The Sarah Jane Adventures Comic Relief Special (2009)) is getting ready for his seventeenth birthday. Tommy and a few of his friends who were at his eleventh birthday party decorate his home for his seventeenth birthday party.

Stitches makes his grand debut at the party by killing Paul in a gruesome way. Stitches ripped one of Paul’s arm off along with his ear and pulled a rabbit out of his throat and then kicked his head off of his body like a ball. He then scooped out the brains of his other victims head with an ice cream scooper after opening his head with a can opener. He also took one of his victim’s intestines and made it into a balloon animal. The kills in this film were gut wrenching dirty and is meant for the real hardcore horror fans who loves gore and out of this world kills. All of the actors did a fantastic job with their roles, but unfortunately, it was not enough to help the movie to become something receiving a score above six. The kills made me give the film a six because the kills were excellent. The sets were okay, and everything else was average including the sound, sets, cinematography, and makeup.

About Stitches 2012

Title: Stitches
Year: 2012
Runtime: 86 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Comedy
Score: 3 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.7/5 stars from 11 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 11
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Kevin Smith, Karl Shiels, Ryan Burke, Eanna O'Dowd, Valerie Spelman, Peter McQuinn, Kelianne Coughlan, Callum Maloney, John McDonnell, Gerald Ahern, Harry Behan, Jemma Curran, Laila Stack, Ross Noble, Yvonne McCloskey, Tommy Knight, Hilary Adam White, Shane Murray-Corcoran, Michael McGinley, Gemma-Leah Devereux, Tomomi Ando, Thommas Kane Byrnes, Edel Hayes, Eoghan McQuinn, Clyde Mowlds, Roisin Barron, Hugh Mulhern, Eoin Whelan, Tommy Cullen, Linda Byrne
Writers: Conor McMahon, David O'Brien
Director: Conor McMahon