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Killer Klowns from Outer Space

Grant Cramer , Suzanne Snyder , Stephen Chiodo    VHS Tape
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)

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What's completely and utterly baffling about Killer Klowns is not the plot--that's rather tidily summed up by the title--but the fact that it got made at all. According to the filmmakers, (the Chiodo brothers: Charles, Edward, and Stephen) all it took to convince the studio was a one-page treatment and a picture of a clown holding a gun. It boggles the mind. Anyway, some killer Klowns descend from outer space and start wrapping their hapless victims in cotton candy for later consumption. Debbie and Mike suspect something's amiss, but who will believe them? The movie's greatest asset is its willingness to play on the inherent creepiness of clowns. The Klowns are grotesque parodies of their big-top cousins, hiding hideous malformed teeth behind terrifying circus makeup. It's impossible to tell if Killer Klowns is truly meant to be scary, but it is compelling in its thoroughness: popcorn, balloon animals, and really big shoes are all used to their fullest effect. The only cast member you'll recognize immediately is veteran character actor John Vernon as Officer Mooney, but keep an eye out for Christopher Titus in a small role as Bob McReed. Then just sit back and stare open-mouthed in bewildered joy. --Ali Davis

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Balloon dogs are vicious!!!! April 28 2004
Awww, man, the only thing that sucks about this movie is that is failed to attract my attention back in the late 80's! I wish I had seen it back then, because by now it would not only be a great fun movie, but also have that additional nostalgic factor to it. But regardless, there's still enough 80's atmosphere and cheese to daze my brain. That and the movie is actually pretty good. I'm a huge fan of movies that take place in one day/night. This movie takes place all in one night, is all shot during the night hours, so there's none of that pesky mood-killing daylight to worry about. I may have missed this back in the 80's, but at least they have it on DVD now, and it looks great. I just finished watching it the second time. Also, the commentary by the Chiodo brothers is entertaining and funny. What a miracle it was that the executives okay'ed this movie! Too bad movie producers don't seem to have the guts these days to take shots on such wild ideas. I keep hearing the brothers are going to make a sequel (that would rock!), but the rumor has been spinning for years now. C'mon, we want more Killer Klowns! Come back, Klowns, come back - earth needs you! :)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Half Demented Genius, Half Dorky Lameness March 20 2004
I really don't know how to rate this movie, as it is an odd mix of cheesy, dorky stupidity and wild, demented genius. As you no doubt already know, it chronicles the invasion of a small town by sinister clown-like creatures from another planet. Local teens try to warn the authorities, but the mean police chief won't listen.... as one of the Chiodo brothers says in a commentary, the storyline borrows heavily from that 1958 classic, "The Blob."
But that barely begins to describe "Killer Klowns." Clearly, it's a parody of 1950s sci-fi/horror movies, but it's more than that. It's ... well, it's Killer Klowns from Outer Space. A one-of-a-kind effort that defies easy categorization.
The acting ranges from good to awful (John Vernon steals the show as Officer Mooney) and the sets are often no better than you'd see in a community theatre production. Photography is surprisingly good. The soundtrack is fun, in a 1980s way.
I really enjoyed this movie, but I can't give it more than 3 stars because it's so cheaply produced, and the acting is just AWFUL in places. Buy or rent a copy, get together with some friends, some pizza, and beer and enjoy it for what it is: a wild, weird exercise in goofy humor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Movie is a Trip!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! March 17 2004
This movie was referred to me by my friend Mari. At first I thought...how gay..but it seemed kind of fun.
Last night, I decided to watch it.. The movie rocks!! I recommend it to everyone! It is so far fetched and full of cheese that it is a masterpiece in itself..I was not bored once..I even got a little scared! I love how the clowns spun everyone in cotton candy! and the people in the movie are so lame that you find yourself rooting on the clowns!! Go Clowns!! Spin that fool into Cotton Candy!! Nail them all with your deadly popcorn!! and the ending.. hahahahahahahaahah!!!! well I better not mention the ending... But.. it was simliar to the ending of pretty much any Brady Bunch sitcom..
I just bought a copy for myself today, and as soon as I get it.. Im going to watch it again! and again! AGAIN! AGAIN!
I am not one to dig movies this far fetched.. I am a fan of the classics such as Halloween, The Shinning, Amityville, and the exorcist... BUT this movie is right up there with them!!!
WATCH IT THIS MOVIE.. for It rules.
~Kristin Rubatt
P.S- feel free to accompany this movie with a little smoke..it pretty much goes hand and hand.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A deserved cult classic July 7 2004
Here's a film that really delivers on the title. They say Killer Klowns from Outer Space, and boy do they deliver the killer clowns. Satanic clown cars, deadly shadow puppets, killer balloon animals ... these filmmakers put some real thought into what it means to be a killer clown from outer space.
This is one of those movies I can watch over and over again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Killer Klowns is pure Kamp with a Capital K! March 6 2006
This movie is pure camp and cheese. But thoroughly entertaining. The title pretty much sums up what you would see, definetly no surprises. I was a bit disappointed that I wouldn't be scared...even a little scared would've been great. If you're a serious horror fan you won't be very thrilled. Its a typical 80's attempt at horror movie making; low budget and questionable acting ability. But if you enjoy a few laughs thrown in with some disturbing elements of klown behaviour you might find it passable on a friday night. Watch it late with loads of buttered popcorn and you will experience an interesting night with a B horror based film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It was not a circus tent. It was something else! Feb. 24 2014
Are you afraid of clowns?

No shame if you are. There's something inherently creepy about clowns -- their exaggerated facepaint, their artificial merriment, their resemblance to Tim Curry. Any people with coulrophobia may want to avoid "Killer Klowns from Outer Space" -- but everybody else will probably find this steadfastly, straight-faced comedy about grotesque, monstrous alien clowns absolutely hilarious.

A mysterious object crashes near a small California town. When Mike Tobacco (Grant Cramer) and his girlfriend Debbie Stone (Suzanne Snyder) investigate, they find a circus tent filled with popcorn-based weapons and cotton-candy cocoons filled with captive humans. Obviously they know this sounds crazy, but Debbie believes her ex-boyfriend Dave Hanson (John Allen Nelson) will believe them.

Dave (who is a cop) understandably is a little skeptical about the whole murderous alien clowns thing, but soon the Klowns are on a full-on rampage through the town -- think popcorn guns, pizza delivery, corpse puppetry and cream pies laced with acid. Dave, Mike and Debbie may be the only chance to stop these vile alien invaders... well, with the help of a pair of slackers in an ice cream truck.

"Killer Klowns from Outer Space" is a... truly fascinating movie. It has a premise that is so blindingly stupid that it becomes awesome, and it plays that premise COMPLETELY STRAIGHT. In fact, it handles the entire premise with the utmost seriousness, which only highlights the sheer ludicrousness of the whole idea of evil alien clowns and the goofy ways they kill people.

In fact, the most entertaining parts of the movie are when the movie just busts out the most bizarre, silly methods of murder EVER.
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5.0 out of 5 stars killer klowns from outter space
killer klowns from outter space is a crazy upbeat horror if you like b rated movies then this is the movie for you
Published 22 months ago by Timothy James Hein
This is one of the worst movie I ever saw. First, it was boring like hell and it could have been a lot better if there was more action and comedy. I really regret my purchase.
Published on Jan. 8 2012 by jojold
1.0 out of 5 stars i thought this was an absolutely dreadful movie
(The following review/comment is my personal opinion of the movie.)
wow.i thought this movie was lame-o.i think this bomb was supposed to
be a comedy. Read more
Published on Nov. 1 2007 by falcon
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
If you want a perfect movie night watch, in this order, "Enter...zombie king", "Killer Clowns from outter space", and the first "Dolimite" film. Read more
Published on Nov. 2 2006 by Kirk
5.0 out of 5 stars So Bad It's Good!
If you like your movies with extra cheese then this is just the movie for you. It's probably one of the worst and corniest I've ever seen but that's what makes it so entertaining. Read more
Published on July 10 2004 by E. A Hill
This movie rocks! I first saw it on Sci-Fi and loved it! I went to hastings later that day and sure enough I found it. It was on VHS but I didn't care! Read more
Published on Feb. 23 2004 by Zacc
5.0 out of 5 stars Best B Film Ever Made!
If you only see one B film in your entire life, this should be it! This horribly entertaining production is loved by true fans of the genre everywhere. Read more
Published on Jan. 28 2004 by Amazon Customer
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