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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 10th 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 16th birthday.


Stitches contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Action Girl: Sarah is one, surprisingly - too bad that her shoving her stiletto heel into Stitches' throat doesn't work, what with him being undead and all.
  • Action Survivor: Tom.
  • Alpha Bitch: Sarah
  • Antagonist Title: Tom is the protagonist.
  • Asshole Victim: Paul and Sarah.
  • Back from the Dead: Stitches is brought back to life via a ritual - apparently no clown can leave a party without having finished the job.
  • Bastard Boyfriend: A toned-down example, but Kate's boyfriend, Dan, is extremely self-centered.
  • Big Bad: Stitches is a Monster Clown on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
  • Black Comedy: It's a Slasher Movie starring a murdered clown - it'd be a shame if this wasn't included.
  • Bland-Name Product: Vinny gets word out about Tom's party via MyFace.
  • Blown Across the Room: Kate is knocked across the kitchen after Stitches sucker-punches her in the face.
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  • Bury Your Gays: Bulger.
  • Came Back Strong: When Stitches is resurrected, he goes from being an average guy to a super strong, nigh unkillable zombie.
  • Camp Gay: Downplayed, but Bulger has an eye for decoration, is active in the music department at school, and has a complete lack of interest in gym - but can do a split on a dime. He might even be Camp Straight; before the party begins, he describes it as a 'fanny fest' (fanny being slang for female genitals), and it's not clear if he means that in a good way or not.
  • Cassandra Truth: Although how many would believe being told "there's a killer clown on the loose"?
  • Chekhov's Gun: Tom's birthday present comes in handy when he and Kate need to make a getaway.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Of the weirdest variety.
    Bulger: Righty-tighty, lefty-loosey.
    • Subverted. Stitches interrupts Tom from using this to defeat him.
    • But then played straight when Vinnie's ability to tie someone's shoelaces together without them noticing ends up putting Stitches down for good.
  • 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 Vinny's genitals and tie them to a helium balloon, before taunting Vinny 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: Narrowly averted. Vinny and Mary were about to have sex, but Tom kept interrupting them.
  • 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.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: The In-Universe reaction to Paul impersonating the titular Clown moments before the real one's appearance.
  • Egg MacGuffin: The only way to kill a resurrected clown is by destroying the one that has the clown's face on it.
  • Evil Plan: Stitches comes Back from the Dead and seeks to get revenge on the kids who killed him.
  • Eye Scream: Stitches trips and falls, landing face-down onto the dishwasher, and receives a steak knife through the eye. After pulling it out to try and kill Tom with it, he slips in his own blood, releasing the blade to fly back up and land in the same socket at a different angle, creating an X-shaped scar centered on his eye.
    • Stitches throws an umbrella through the back of Sarah's head, popping the eye out of the socket. The body then falls backwards, forcing the entire umbrella through the socket.
  • Final Girl: Kate.
  • Gorn: Just look at Eye Scream for one of the more horrific examples.
  • Groin Attack: A very vivid one in the Daydream Surprise.
    • A second one gets delivered when Tom tries to snub a Paul and Sarah out of a party invite.
  • Gilligan Cut: Just as Kate reassures Tom that "not every party ends with a dead clown", Paul, dressed as a clown, is being murdered by Stitches.
  • Horror Comedy: Definitely on the comedic end of the spectrum, but there are some rather gruesome deaths depicted on-screen.
  • I Ate WHAT?!: Tom eats an entire "special cookie" at his party - the equivalent to 40 joints.
  • Karmic Death: Stitches' preferred method of murder? Dispatching his victims using the same tricks that they'd ruined during his show.
  • Lonely Funeral: Only three people attend Stitches' funeral: the priest, and presumably two women he was sleeping with.
  • Male Gaze: Vinny has a pronounced case of this throughout the movie.
  • Monster Clown: The Movie! Well, the other movie.
  • 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.
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  • The Peeping Tom: Literally, as Tom uses his telescope to spy on pretty much everything in the neighborhood - nothing perverted, though.
  • Pietà Plagiarism: The pose Stitches assumes after digging Bulger's brains out with an ice-cream scoop.
  • Potty Failure: Paul misses the mark by virtue of his costume having no zipper.
  • Right Behind Me: Tom's impersonation of a teacher is quite ill-timed.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Rather than help Tom with Kate after Stitches attacks her, Vinny makes a run for it - he comes back to help at the end, though, with the same prank that caused Stitches' death killing him again.
  • Shoutout: Tommy is taking Hypnocil.
  • "Shut Up" Kiss: Played With, as Kate kisses Tom in the graveyard in order to stop his hiccups, as they were giving their position away.
  • Stoners Are Funny: Tom's misadventure with the "house cookie" borders on this, partially because it's so out-of-character for him.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Tom finally plucks up the courage to rescue Vinny 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.
  • Volleying Insults: Bulger and Sarah engage in some of this after Paul's "prank".
  • Your Head A-Splode: Richie, courtesy of a handheld balloon pump.


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