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Film: Stitches

"Everybody happy?"

Stitches is a 2012 Irish slasher movie, starring Ross Noble as the title character. Also starring Tommy Knight and Gemma Leah-Devereux.

After Stitches the clown is killed brutally at Tom's 11th birthday party, he is brought back to life six years later by a cult of clowns and seeks revenge on the children that brought about his untimely demise. Just in time for Tom's house party to celebrate his 17th birthday.

Stitches contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Action Survivor: Tom.
  • Alpha Bitch: Sarah
  • Asshole Victim: Paul and Sarah.
  • Back from the Dead: Stitches is brought back to life via a ritual.
  • Blown Across the Room: Kate is knocked across the kitchen after Stitches sucker-punches her in the face.
  • Bury Your Gays: Bulger.
  • The Danza: Tommy Knight as Tom.
  • Daydream Surprise: Tom's teacher scolds him for talking, but as Tom looks up to face him, his teacher is a clown. He then proceeds to rip off Vinnie's genitals and tie them to a helium balloon, before taunting Vinnie who is desperately trying to retrieve it in front of the class, who are by now laughing at him. He turns to Tom and tells him his time is "up", before Tom snaps out of the daydream when his teacher says that the time to finish his work is up and to hand it to him.
  • Death by Sex: Averted. Vinny has sex and lives, as does the girl he hooked up with.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Stitches.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Stitches holds Bulger in his arms after killing him.
    • Poetically fitting when, at the exact same time, the rest of the party are dancing to the Cutting Crew song of the same name.
  • Egg MacGuffin: The only way to kill a resurrected clown is by destroying the one that has the clown's face on it.
  • Eye Scream: Stitches trips and falls, landing face-down onto the dishwasher, and receives a steak knife through the eye.
    • Stitches throws an umbrella through Sarah's head, popping her eye out of the socket. The body then falls backwards, forcing the entire umbrella through the socket.
  • Final Girl: Kate.
  • Gorn
  • Lonely Funeral: Only three people attend Stitches' funeral: the priest, and presumably two women he was sleeping with
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Tommy Knight. The film takes places in Ireland. Even his mother in the film has an Irish accent.
    • Ross Noble doesn't do the local accent either, but given his character, it could just be that he plays an English clown who just happens to be working in Ireland.
  • Not Quite Dead: After falling and landing onto the knife in the dishwasher, Stitches stands up, pulls the knife out and tries to grab Tom. However, after tossing the knife in the air, he slips on his own blood and lands on his back, just as the knife falls back down and stabs him in the head again.
    • The film ends with the Motley clown cultists carefully reassembling Stitches' egg, potentially bringing him back to life once more.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Rather than help Tom with Kate after Stitches attacks her, Vinnie makes a run for it.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Tom finally plucks up the courage to rescue Vinnie and Kate from the party by any means necessary...even if that means standing up to Kate's boyfriend by punching him in the face.
  • Your Head Asplode: Richie.
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