Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. I mentioned in the Before the Mask Robert Englund casting story I just posted that we life in a fascinating time of movie fandom. In that case it was the opportunity for a genre filmmaker with a known, if niche, franchise to pre-sell another entry in that franchise to the fans by offering an advance purchase of the DVD/Blu-Ray. With this story, about the next step in VOD distribution, we talk a little about a raunchy foreign flick called Klown.
Klown was a Fantastic Fest entry last year, way before Drafthouse Films picked it up, and I loved it. Those crazy Danish bastards cross lines that would cause heart attacks during the MPAA screening if it were made here. Two middle-aged guys on a graphic sexual vacation would be enough, but add in a kid witnessing their escapades on this “tour de pussy” and that’s an immediate half-dozen faints in that screening.
At it’s heart Klown’s a sweet movie about a man accepting responsibility and proving himself a true father figure to his pregnant wife… it just has a lot of penises, boobies and wildly inappropriate humor on the way to that character shift.
It’s one of my favorite things Drafthouse Films has picked up, so I’d be happy to sing its praises even if they weren’t undergoing a rather fascinating experiment.
Usually Video on Demand (VOD) releases are hard to cover. It’s not as easy as pointing to a specific link and saying “Go here!” I honestly don’t watch hardly any VOD releases not because I’m cheap (while I do see many films for free at press screenings, I pay for a whole lot of regular screenings too), but because I can never find the damn things and I get frustrated and just end up waiting for DVD or Netflix.
Drafthouse Films is releasing Klown in theaters, on VOD and now in a streaming option via a new service called Distrify. No more searching for VOD content. You can plop down $6.99 and watch this brand new film right on your pretty Mac/PC screen (or send it to your even prettier TV if you have that amazing technology!).
To me, this seems like the logical next step for Day and Date VOD releases. With so much film viewing now done via streaming means like Netflix it just makes sense.
Technology aside, the movie’s great. You can watch it now and be the smart-ass hipster in your group who saw the original by the time the Todd Phillips produced Danny McBride starring American remake!
Whatever you do, don’t watch this at work, around your in-laws or in close proximity to that slightly restrained and conservative girl you’ve had a crush on for the last 3 years. If you can stay clear of those scenarios, then you’re good to go.
Before you watch, here's an exclusive video interview with the stars of the film conducted by Alamo grand master Tim League himself! There's not as much exposed genetalia as the film, but it's a good primer nonetheless.
You can see this movie at all Alamo Drafthouses in Austin or at locations in LA (Cinefamily) and New York (The Village East) this weekend, at cinemas in San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Chicago and many more (click here for the full list) next weekend or you can just click on the embed below and check it out right now! The future is now!