Clinger (2015) – Raw Review

Clinger is the sharpest comedy to hit the Horror Genre in years.

Mashing comedy and horror is an extremely difficult feat to accomplish in cinema. More often than not funny horror film turn out to be mediocre fare that fall short in both humor and horror, leaving audience dubious about future films. If you ever needed reassurance that good comedy-horror still exists in the world then Clinger is your proof. A seemingly low budget horror story that is one of the funniest films of 2015.

When Robert Klingher, dies in a horrible (and hilarious) accident, his ghost, fueled by uncontrollable love, plots to keep his relationship with Fern Peterson. Things go sideways quickly leading to a lot of blood, guts and monster mayhem. A coming of age movie about a young high school senior and her obsessively smitten first love, Clinger can be described as John Hughes meets Beetlejuice, only better.

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Director Michael Stevens has captured the perfect blend of razor sharp humor and bloody mayhem. Having penned the screenplay along with co-writers with Gabi Chennis and Bubba Fish, Stevens is relentless in hitting the perfect comedic timing in every scene, establishing a rhythm early on and never letting go. Much of the humor crosses the line into outright spoof, but the performances by Jennifer Laporte (Fern), Vincent Martella (Robert), Juila Aks (Fern’s sister Kelesy), and Shonna Major (Fern’s best friend Moe) are so strong it works, and works well.

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Clinger is a must see movie for anyone who enjoys the comedy-horror genre. Solid writing, excellent acting, and above board direction take this film far beyond where you’d expect and it’s easy to see how bad this film might have been if placed in different hands.

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