For Tom’s 10th birthday, his mum ordered a party clown – Stitches (Ross Noble). But rather than enjoy the show, the kids pretty much torment Stitches (and Stitches himself isn’t too happy to be there either anyway). And then Stitches has an accident and dies during the party, leaving Tom completely traumatised. It is only 6 years later that he (Tommy Knight) dares to have another birthday party – the perfect opportunity for Stitches to get up from his grave and get his revenge.
Stitches is wonderfully macabre. funny and completely cheesy – which is basically its raison d’être. I loved it.
As I said, it makes a point of being cheesy and it succeeds perfectly – the killings are overblown and always followed by a punny oneliner which had me in stitches (pun totally intended – it’s that kind of film). And Ross Noble is perfectly cast. He has no problem with “so bad it’s good” and plays his role with the appropriate joy and verve.
Tommy Knight and the other kids are pretty good, too. It’s not like they have much to work with – the characters are thin stereotypes (almost as thin as the plot). But they’re supposed to be and it did work for me.
But the film’s centerpiece and heart lies definitely in the gore and the perfectly creative killings. They are symbolic and just so over the top that there wasn’t a single moment where you’d actually feel afraid – instead you’re just laughing your ass off.
To round it all off, the soundtrack is great, too – a lot of oldie classics. That’s how you want to spend an evening. Or at least, that’s how I like to spend it.
Summarising: I really had a good time.