When Kent (Andy Powers) gets a call from his wife to say the clown they booked for their son's birthday party has cancelled he finds an old clown's costume in the house he has been decorating and puts its on. Having fallen asleep in the outfit Kent wakes up to discover that the outfit won't come off and worse he finds himself with a hunger for little children.
"Clown" is such a simple idea, nice guy puts on a clown costume and whilst initially he has difficulty getting it off worse is to come when it infects his personality and turns him into a child eater. Yet for such a simple idea "Clown" is a surprisingly engaging movie with an entertaining journey as we have the humour of Kent trying to get the costume off being tinged with horror before the whole thing evolves and becomes darker and more horrifying as it turns him into a child eater.
There are two other things worth mentioning about "Clown", one of which is that this has a look which says whilst this wasn't made on a shoestring it didn't have the biggest budget either. But the other thing is that whilst Jon Watts directed this horror movie Eli Roth was one of the producers and at least for me when I see Roth's name attached to a horror movie you can count on blood and guts which you definitely get here. Truthfully the gore side of "Clown" didn't blow me away but combined with this personality changing clown costume certainly delivered some horror entertainment.
What this all boils down to is that "Clown" isn't an over complicated idea for a movie and it isn't the biggest budgeted horror movie either but it is surprisingly effective at being an entertaining mix of scary with darkly funny.