Entertainment Value: 8.5/10
Historical Significance: 3/10
Disc Features: 7/10
There is enough off-beat humor and grotesquely creative deaths in Stitches to satisfy the entertainment quota for most horror fans, though it may go overboard at times. This kind of over-the-top vulgarity is reminiscent of early Peter Jackson films, which is fine for cult status but unacceptable to the mass audiences. From a dream sequence with extreme genital mutilation to the slaughtering of a household pet for a joke, Stitches goes beyond bad taste in order to shock a specific desensitized audience group. This is advanced horror, not for the casual blockbuster
horror audience members.
Comedian Ross Noble makes his cinematic debut as Stitches the Clown, a poor excuse for a party clown who meets a gruesome end when a group of children pull a prank during his act. The bloody accident occurs at young Tommy’s birthday party, so that parties are no longer an annual event, even when he is a grown teenager years later (played by “Doctor Who” actor Tommy Knight). When Tommy finally breaks down and decides to throw a massive party the year his parents go out of town, Stitches takes the opportunity to come back and seek revenge.
The Blu-ray release of this engaging little horror film includes an audio commentary with director McMahon and star Noble. There is also a making-of featurette, trailer and a blooper reel.