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The Clown Downstairs

rated 4.32 / 5 stars
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Mar 10, 2010 | 1:36 PM EST

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There's a peculiar creature in the cellar, and the little brown bug is growing hungry.

My first Newgrounds submission, and my first attempt at a flash animation.

EDIT: For the addition to the featured movies list for today - thanks to everyone for voting!
EDIT: And another big thanks for Daily 2nd!



Rated 4 / 5 stars


That is just disturbing. What the fuck is in your head? Besides it being disturbing, it was great.


Rated 5 / 5 stars


That was beautiful.

JohnDavidHeptinstall responds:

Thankyou very much


Rated 5 / 5 stars

I knew that clown looked familiar!

Something about that clown looked familiar the first time I saw this long ago. I couldn't quite put my finger on it then, but tonight, while watching The Nightmare Before Christmas, I saw a creature in the beginning that made me pause the movie.

In the first song in the movie, 'This Is Halloween', look at the guy who says "That's our job". After looking at him for a while i was reminded me of 'The Clown Downstairs'. I grabbed my laptop and watched your video with the movie paused and sure enough, there was a resemblance!

I don't know if maybe you based the clowns design off of that guy or its just a coincidence, I'm just proud that i solved my own little mystery here. "The Mystery of The Clown that I Thought Looked Familiar and other Spooky Tales" by Dean Koontz.

Oh and excellent job on the flash by the way! I wasn't really creeped out by the clown as much as i was feeling sorry for it. Do you think maybe someday you will give this character some backstory? I'm interested in how he ended up in that state.

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JohnDavidHeptinstall responds:

haha it is a coincidence but I see exactly where you're coming from - as far as I know the character was a just something I used to doodle in sketchbooks but there would have bound to be resemblance to something out there before, But I love that movie and know it too well. As for a continuation - I'm not sure. I'm working on new flash at the minute but it isn't clown related - hopefully this is something far better - but who knows for the future. I did have a back story


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Very scary

Woah, this has got to be one of the most demented submissions I have ever stumbled upon. It just makes no sense at all, but everything works out because it's so dang creepy. When I first heard the title of this cartoon, I suspected it was not going to be something pleasant. This had simply spectacular animation not to mention one of the creepiest atmospheres ever. It seems like the clown is just a dead body at first. It turns out to be something even more disturbing!

There's so much detail put into every aspect of the clown and how torn up his body is. I don't know if he's a zombie, but I doubt you can survive wounds like that. The way he just stands there as the insects destroy his body. He even gets his revenge by eating some of them. This is amazingly scary and a must watch for any horror fan!

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JohnDavidHeptinstall responds:

Thanks for such a detailed review, I appreciate it!


Rated 5 / 5 stars


I wish I could give you a medal for best monster character in person, but 10 scores is all I can give you. Nice job.