Release Date: In Select Theaters April 1; Available on DVD/Blu-Ray/VOD on April 2.
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 10/10
Disc Rating: 10/10
A clown comes back from the dead to haunt those who took his life during a fatal party mishap.
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Every now and then a horror comedy comes along that truly makes us appreciate just how unique and wonderful these types of films can be when done properly. ‘Stitches’ is definitely one of those films. The film is fun, hilarious, and outrageously gory to boot. It features a clown killing people in the most humorous and over the top, gory ways imaginable. What more could one possibly want in a film like this. ‘Stitches’ delivers on every level, and the hilarity of the deaths can’t help but remind me of ‘Tucker & Dale Versus Evil’ which is one other film that managed to pull off the hilarious death sequences flawlessly.
‘Stitches’ is a British film, and features comedian Ross Noble in the title role. The first half of the film is still incredibly clever and hilarious, though the majority of the killings and gore are more focused towards the latter half of the film. Once Stitches comes back from the dead thanks to the cult of clowns and their creepy rituals (yes, seriously) the film really get’s heavy into some bloody fun as only a clown could possibly deliver. Please note that I’m not in any way speaking down in regard to the first half of the film, it is wonderful, fun and hilarious in its own way and the second half could not have possibly worked even remotely as well without the first half of the film to carry it.
Ross Noble does an incredible job in the title role of Stitches the clown, and in my opinion will be noted as quite a memorable film debut for the UK comedian. All of the performances are on par for the most part, and without question far superior to casting in the vast majority of these types of films.
‘Stitches’ is a smart, hilariously bloody good time that you definitely won’t want to miss out on. I’ve already watched the film twice and I’m already feeling like a third viewing will quite likely be in the near future for me as well. I can’t possibly recommend this film highly enough.
The Blu-Ray release of ‘Stitches’ is presented in a full 1080p High Definition presentation featuring the film’s original 1.78:1 aspect ratio. The video presentation is beautiful and leaves pretty much nothing to be desired. The colors are smooth, the dark scenes easily watchable, yet without glowing in an unnatural way. MPI/Dark Sky usually do pretty flawless jobs for the most part as far as the quality of their Blu-Ray releases are concerned, and ‘Stitches’ is no exception.
The Blu-Ray release features an uncompressed 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack which sounds quite impressive overall. The rear channels get a pretty good workout in some scenes; while at other times focusing mainly on keeping the music or other background noises calmly lingering in order to keep you feeling as if you are right in the middle of the fun the entire time. The disc also features a 2 channel lossless PCM audio track in addition. English SDH & Spanish subtitles are included on the release as well.
The Blu-Ray release features a number of special features. There is a feature length Audio Commentary track with Actor Ross Noble and Writer/Director Conor McMahon. The release also features a Making Of featurette which is actually quite interesting and gives a lot of insight into how this film came to be, and how everyone involved felt regarding the process. The film’s green band trailer and bloopers are also included in the list of Special Features presented on the disc.
‘Stitches’ is a hilariously gory good time and you fellow horror/comedy fans out there will most certainly be kicking yourself if you don’t check this film out. The Blu-Ray release is well worth the purchase, and I’m certain this film will be on the list of my most watched Blu-Ray titles for the foreseeable future.
Film Rating: 10/10
Disc Rating: 10/10
‘Stitches’ will hit limited theaters on Monday, April 1, and will be also available on DVD, Blu-Ray & VOD on Tuesday, April 2 from MPI/Dark Sky.