Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988) - Rotten Tomatoes

Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)




Critic Consensus: Killer Klowns from Outer Space's title promises darkly goofy fun -- and more often than not, the movie delivers.

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Movie Info

In this self-explanatory effort from the Chiodo brothers, alien invaders that bear a startling resemblance to Bozo the Clown journey to Earth to feast on the blood of humans.more
Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Charles Chiodo, Stephen Chiodo, Stephen Chiodo, Charles Chiodo
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 28, 2001


Grant Cramer
as Mike Tobacco
Suzanne Snyder
as Debbie Stone
John Allen Nelson
as Dave Hanson
Royal Dano
as Framer Gene Green
John Vernon
as Officer Mooney
Danny Kovacs
as Punk #2
Charles Chiodo
as Klown Performer
Harrod Blank
as Klown Performer
Jeff Yesko
as State Trooper
Charles Chiodo
as Klown Performer
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Critic Reviews for Killer Klowns from Outer Space

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Chiodo takes an alien invasion plot familiar from the 50s, and makes it all his own by rigorously and liberally painting it with every clown reference imaginable.

Full Review… | March 18, 2014
Grolsch Film Works

Boy, you know, I really like the Chiodo Brothers' Killer Klowns from Outer Space. I can't help it.

Full Review… | October 31, 2012
Film Freak Central

The title alone encourages immediate dismissal, but for those on the hunt for something miles away from the norm that showcases truly inspired moviemaking minds, Killer Klowns from Outer Space is a superb cult distraction.

Full Review… | September 28, 2012

'Can't Sleep, Clowns Will Eat Me.' Not just pretty words, thanks to the Chiodo brothers.

Full Review… | September 29, 2011

It's a one-gag movie, but while some of the iterations of that gag are about as hilarious as a squirt in the face from a plastic flower, a few are genuinely rib-tickling.

Full Review… | September 16, 2010
SFX Magazine

Audience Reviews for Killer Klowns from Outer Space

This is how you make a movie that is supposed to be bad, enjoyable. Spoofs and satires of the past ten years need to take a good long look into the mirror and ask themselves why they didn't use alien killer klowns for their premise instead of whatever lame brained ideal they came up with. This film stars basically all unknowns except for John Vernon (Animal House) and is probably one of the better movies based off B-films of the fifties. For a science fiction flick it has all the best details you're looking for: alien invasion, making believers out of non-believers, goofy sidekicks, and the beautiful heroine who has to be saved from danger. None of this film makes sense, but that's the beauty in it. Though the premise is laughable on its own, the filmmakers were really creative with many aspects of this film that they could have left lacking. I loved the use of all things circus to broaden the alien appeal, including using cotton candy as a weapon, popcorn to grow mini clown organisms, and the look of the aliens themselves. Their lopsided craniums and rubbery evil grins were especially creepy. The effects were good for the time period, and again, are used in really creative ways. The aliens don't just make everyone into cotton candy pods but also kill in gruesome and horrific ways. The plot actually holds up under direct scrutiny, even though the ending with the ice cream truck was just vintage goofiness, and the stuff involving the romantic leads was a bit much under the circumstances. It was a really well put together film and I was slightly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I should warn now that if you don't like bad movies, like I do, you should veer away from this because it is not for the faint of heart or those with high sensibilities. The acting was surprisingly good under the circumstances, and features a young Christopher Titus as Bob. The film is full of fanciful colors, stage design, and costuming for these grotesquely shaped klowns. A classic of bad cinema, I cannot wait for the upcoming slated sequel.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


Much more entertaining than I expected. I'd heard so many strange comments about this one, I finally had to check it out. Glad I did. These clowns are pretty damn scary, for real, and even if this falls in the Below "B" category, it's worth watching.

Lanning : )

Super Reviewer


Hey look, it's Christopher Titus! If you rent a movie called Killer Klowns from Outer Space, you deserve exactly what's coming to you. If you don't like stupid movies, stay away from this one. I for one, actually DO like stupid movies though, and this one is a lot of fun. It's anyone's guess why an aggressive race of aliens have landed on the one planet where there form (as well as every element of thier culture) has its own independant relevance. Fear the cotton candy, my friends!

Emily Armstrong

Super Reviewer

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