Killer Klowns from Outer Space
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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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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.Read more ›
This is one of those movies I can watch over and over again.
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.
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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Killer klowns from outer space What a great movie this is I hope they make a sequel out of it .thanks.Published 1 month ago by kirk
Everything was ok the disc is clean but fir the shiping it was a little bit longPublished 2 months ago by Client d'Amazon
I was impressed & scared. Please dont laugh. But, i actually miss the 80's. But still hate the music, food, clothes, hair & cars. Whats still bothering me about the 80's? Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mike Gagnon
Nice cheesy movie from the 80's. The clowns and the weapons they use are pretty bad ass. I only bought the movie for the special effects used in the movie. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mikki D.
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