We love horror movies of all kinds, but especially the ones we can see in theaters; there's nothing like a packed auditorium full of scared people screaming their heads off. January is a good month for horror -- Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones is still playing, Devil's Due and Big Bad Wolves open next week, and I, Frankenstein the week after that -- but there are still plenty of weeks left in the year that are sadly devoid of scary movies.
So when can we see Eli Roth's Clown in theaters?
The project began as a trailer for a movie that didn't exist. Jon Watts made the übercreepy short, which you can watch below, in the fall of 2010. The storyline is that a father puts on a clown suit and makeup for his son's birthday party when the clown he hired doesn't show up. Afterwards, the father discovers, to his horror, that the makeup doesn't come off.
Like all great trailers, it's evocative of a mood; it effectively communicates the premise and it leaves you wanting more. In this case, Watts included a fake credit block with prominent mention of Eli Roth as director. In reality, Roth didn't know the filmmakers and knew nothing about the project. But when the video went viral, Roth got interested and ended up serving as producer. Watts, who cowrote the screenplay with Christopher D. Ford, got the opportunity to direct.
Dimension Films acquired distribution rights to the feature film in September 2012, reportedly with a wide theatrical release guaranteed. Production began in November 2012, with a cast led by Andy Powers, Peter Stormare and Laura Allen. Watts posted a trailer for it last September, which has now surfaced (via Arrow in the Head), and it looks just as atmospheric as the mock trailer, and even more creepy, as it becomes clear that the suit has some kind of demonic power.
All this prompts us to ask again: When do we get to see Clown in theaters? We anxiously await the answer.