Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)
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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.
Boy, you know, I really like the Chiodo Brothers' Killer Klowns from Outer Space. I can't help it.
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.
'Can't Sleep, Clowns Will Eat Me.' Not just pretty words, thanks to the Chiodo brothers.
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.
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.
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!
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