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Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)

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71

Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 17
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 5

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

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Release Date: Jan 1, 1988 Wide

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Average Rating: 2.9/5
User Ratings: 42,538

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This low-budget cult classic horror spoof has one of the great movie titles of all time. Mike (Grant Cramer) and his sweetheart, Debbie (Suzanne Snyder), are smooching on lover's lane when they see what appears to be a meteorite crashing over the horizon. They loosen their liplock long enough to investigate and find a curious circus tent. There they discover malevolent clowns who stop their victims with popcorn-shooting guns and acid-drenched pies in order to feast on human blood. The

PG-13,

Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy

Charles Chiodo

Aug 28, 2001

MGM

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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.

March 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Grolsch Film Works
Grolsch Film Works

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

October 31, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
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.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com
Blu-ray.com

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

September 29, 2011 Full Review Source: MovieCrypt.com
MovieCrypt.com

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.

September 16, 2010 Full Review Source: SFX Magazine
SFX Magazine

The title says it all...and is the only reason to see this misfire.

March 14, 2009 | Comments (3)
Video-Reviewmaster.com

This krazy, kooky movie strings together the creature feature with the alien movie, and pumps it full of dark humour

February 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Warped fun with memorably weird ideas, effects and costumes

October 1, 2004
Kalamazoo Gazette

The name says it all, and the movie delivers.

July 16, 2003
New Times

IT'S GOT CLOWNS! FROM OUTER SPACE! AND THEY'RE KILLING PEOPLE! What's not to like?

March 19, 2003 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Comments (3)
eFilmCritic.com

As if clowns weren't already scary enough

March 14, 2003 | Comment (1)
Lawrence Journal-World

Yes, it's goofy but the klowns really are killer.

February 7, 2003
Your Movies (cleveland.com)

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.
January 12, 2012
FrizzDrop

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.
July 25, 2011
binky013

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!
June 13, 2011
MidnightMadwoman

Super Reviewer

The title sums this one up perfect. Yeah it's silly, cheesy and childish and it really depends on your taste and humour whether you enjoy this or not. I thought it was good amusing fun, never a dull moment and it's one to have a late night laugh with. The alien "Klowns" did look pretty good too, perfect for the films tone. It's worth a watch.
May 13, 2011
WrenchLT
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