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Stitches (18)

Comedy, Horror

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

The critical consensus

A Halloween crowd-pleaser that’s missing a few tricks and treats.

***(*)(*)Rosie Fletcher, Total Film, 28/09/2012

It’s a silly, spattery slasher flick and standup comic Noble is pretty good.

***(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 21/10/2012

Deeply icky on many different levels, with Ross Noble's feature debut illuminated by stomach-churning effects.

**(*)(*)(*)Kim Newman, Empire Online, 24/10/2012

Neither funny nor scary, just amateurish in a bad student film way.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 25/10/2012

He’s no Freddy Krueger – the story lacks genuine fright – but the practical effects are amusingly grisly.

***(*)(*)Tim Robey, The Telegraph, 25/10/2012

I have to say it somehow wasn't funny or scary enough – though I do have to admit it is always more than revolting enough.

**(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 25/10/2012

This splatter comedy aims to marry a potty-mouthed irreverence to a tale of bloody revenge, but everything about it is so cackhanded as to be nearly unwatchable.

Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 26/10/2012

Silly, gruesome nonsense with a hint of TV sitcom Psychoville.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 26/10/2012

This is one case where an American remake might actually be a worthwhile endeavour – with Wes Craven at the helm and, say, Doug Stanhope in the lead role, Stitches would almost certainly be a tailor-made success.

**(*)(*)(*)Niki Boyle, The List, 26/10/2012

The gross-out murders are imaginatively gruesome. It's a shame that the rest of the film is so awful.

Nicholas Barber, The Independent on Sunday, 28/10/2012

Imitation blood flows like a tsunami and the aim of disgusting the audience while raising a few heartless laughs proves moderately successful.

Philip French, The Observer, 28/10/2012

Features about Stitches (18)

Ross Noble stars in killer clown comedy-horror Stitches: interview

Niki Boyle, The List, 25/10/2012

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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