Following Halloween in the late 1970s, the slasher movie settled into a rigid three-act-plus-coda form, a pattern the parodic Stitches follows precisely. Grubby children's entertainer Richard "Stitches" Grindle (standup comic Ross Noble), a third-rate clown, is accidentally killed by the cruel kids attending the birthday of the eight-year-old Tommy somewhere around Wicklow. Eight years later Stitches rises from the grave, as all clowns who die in mid-performance apparently do, and returns to a birthday party at the teenager Tommy's home where he sets about murdering the children who mocked him and brought about his death. Imitation blood flows like a tsunami and the aim of disgusting the audience while raising a few heartless laughs proves moderately successful.
Stitches – review
This parodic slasher picture succeeds in its mission to disgust and amuse, writes Philip French