Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)
Director: Stephen Chiodo
Starring: Grant Kramer, Suzanne Snyder, John Allen Nelson, John Vernon
A small town is menaced by some unusual aliens who look and act like clowns, their sinister purpose? To feed off of human blood.
Killer Klowns promises much with its flashy posters and DVD/ VHS covers it promises bright colors, evil clowns and most of all I think it promises fun. It delivers all that it promises with a typical 80s B-movie style. A space ship lands in a small town a spaceship that looks like a circus tent this opening should set you up for the rest of the movie but despite all the fun it promises it has a much darker side.
Let’s take a look at the Klowns themselves, these things are terrifying, they move towards you twisted smiles on their painted faces talking gibberish this is certainly not a movie for anyone with Coulrophobia, in fact, it has the potential to awaken that in some viewers I imagine. These clowns can stand tall amongst Pennywise and Twisty and all the other horrific clown that have graced the big and small screen. with their ability to kill you by covering you in cotton candy that seems to slowly liquefy your body, use humans as ventriloquist puppets by sticking their hand into your back (at least I think it’s the back) these clowns aren’t the ones you want at your next kid’s party. The clowns look great as villains and although they are clearly actors in ill-fitting rubber masks I think that all just plays into the cheesy B-Movie feel of the movie.
This is dark movie indeed most of the town falls victim to the blood devouring clowns and this clearly horrific death juxtaposed with the bright colors and happy circus iconography is sure to unsettle audiences. Speaking of color, the color in this movie is great (if you’ve read some of my previous articles you know I love good color) the clowns are all in garish bright color as is their ship which is in great contrast to the mostly muted colors of the townspeople it serves to separate the to species and makes the clowns feel very alien indeed.
So it sounds like this movie can do no wrong at this point but the movie has some flaws. The acting from some of the mains cast is a little stale and the pace of the takes a while to warm up but for the most part, this film does deliver a darkly comical fun experience with some B-movie charm. A great movie to enjoy with some friends and some popcorn (maybe not popcorn. watch the movie and you’ll get what I mean)
Well, that was Killer Klowns from Outer Space I guess the reviews are more designed to give you a flavor of the movies to see if it a film you want to pursue further. If you have any other B movies you like let me know in the comments or on twitter @MCMoovies. See you next time!