Taglines: The kids aren’t alright.
Kent McCoy is a loving husband and father who hosts a birthday party for his son Jack complete with a clown. The clown accidentally goes to another party, but Kent discovers an old clown costume in the attic of a house he is selling and dresses himself to entertain everyone.
After the party Kent falls asleep wearing the clown costume, but the next morning he is no longer able to take it off. The body suit, wig, and red nose are progressively adhering to his skin. When his pregnant wife Meg tries to help Kent remove the fake nose, it rips his flesh and wounds him. Kent also begins to show strange behaviour and a deep sense of hunger, with a noisy gurgling in his stomach.
Kent tries to understand what is happening to him and tracks down Herbert Karlsson, the brother of cancer treatment specialist Dr. Martin Karlsson and its previous owner. Kent learns that the costume is actually the skin and hair of an ancient demon from Northern Europe now forgotten: the “Cloyne”, which attracted five children (one for each coldest month of the year) to devour. Herbert Karlsson suddenly tries to kill Kent, unsuccessfully attempting to behead him.
Kent escapes and moves away from his family and into a hotel. He fights his new and growing instinct and hunger, even contemplating suicide. He shoots himself in the mouth but does not die. He attempts to behead himself with a pair of buzzsaws but falls, causing a little boy to be killed instead. Eventually giving in, Kent becomes the demon and devours his first victim and a child that had bullied his son Jack earlier.
Kent’s wife Meg becomes involved, trying to understand what is afflicting her husband and to help him fight against the demon that dominates his body. Desperate, she partners with Karlsson with the intent of freeing Kent from the suit, although Karlsson is prepared to kill Kent if necessary.
Directed by: Jon Watts
Starring: Andy Powers, Laura Allen, Peter Stormare, Christian Distefano, Elizabeth Whitmere, Chuck Shamata, Matthew Stefiuk
Screenplay by: Christopher Ford, Jon Watts
Production Design by: Lisa Soper
Cinematography by: Matthew Santo
Film Editing by: Robert Ryang
Set Decoration by: Garren Dunbar
Art Direction by: Shane Boucher
Music by: Matt Veligdan
MPAA Rating: R for horror violence and gore, and for language.
Studio: The Weinstein Company
Release Date: June 17, 2016