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Killer Klowns from Outer Space

4.4 out of 5 stars 126 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Actors: Grant Cramer, Suzanne Snyder, John Allen Nelson, John Vernon, Michael S. Siegel
  • Directors: Stephen Chiodo
  • Writers: Stephen Chiodo, Charles Chiodo, Edward Chiodo
  • Producers: Charles Chiodo, Christopher Roth, Edward Chiodo, Helen Szabo
  • Format: NTSC
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: MGM (Warner)
  • VHS Release Date: Aug. 21 2001
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 126 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 0792846710
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,387 in Video (See Top 100 in Video)
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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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Format: DVD
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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Format: Blu-ray
Me and my brother watched this movie as kids. Even though you can download movies for free, owning this on DVD is necessary for all movie fans. Cheesy scary classic movies are the best. If you haven't watched this one yet...put it on your watch list. It's a must see for sure!
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Format: DVD
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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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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Format: DVD
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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Format: DVD
This movie brings back a few fond memories which only adds to the enjoyment of watching it fifteen years after it was released. I absolutely loved this movie as a kid. Not only did it freak me out and give me nightmares (come on, clowns that kill people?), but I also remember getting quite a few laughs from it. Plus, I remember having that darn theme song stuck in my head for days on end. Years later, nothing's changed (well, except for the nightmare factor). It's still funny and the Dickies' theme song still rocks.
The title of the film is pretty self-explanatory, so I won't bother summarizing. Besides, the odds are you've already seen or heard about this movie by now. What I will say is that this is one heck of a DVD. I applaud MGM for putting such effort into such a "small" movie. This disc basically has just as many features as the average new Hollywood movie DVD has including featurettes on almost every aspect of the making of Killer Klowns, commentary, a trailer and, my personal favorite, the Chiodo brothers' early films. Even at a young age, their inventiveness was already apparent. These short films are a kick to watch.
If you like movies such as Return of the Living Dead, the Evil Dead trilogy and those 50's sci-fi monster movies, Killer Klowns is a must-see.
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