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

Customer Reviews:

  • Awesome!
    This is by far the best clown movie ever made. It also includes a lot of funny one-liners throughout the movie. One of my personal favorites. Do yourselves a fvor and rent it one night!...more info
  • A Morbid Guilty Pleasure
    I have to be somehow disfunctional because i enjoy like a maniac that scene were the mute clown that goes ridding his tricycle and meets the rude bikers doesnt want to borrow his tricycle for a ride to one of the bikers that ask him for it just to bother and have fun with this poor clown that seems to be so tender and naive , the biker breaks the clown tricycle crashing it against the floor , the clown starts to cry , the bikers laugh a lot , and then this clown starts to challenge the biker to a figth, the biker very funny takes the challenge and then the clown punches the biker on the face and the head of the biker fligths tru the air and falls dead , the other bikers run in panic and the clown starts to laugh loudly and shows his big jaws changing entirely his tender aspect for a terrifyn look, ha ha ha its bizarre, its morbid i know but who doesnt have certain ammount of fascination for morbid things rigth?

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  • Killer Klowns dish up Killer B
    Warning: Spoilers Ahead!*

    After 70+ reviews you may come to realize we go through many phases during the course of a year. Sometimes we have an appetite for action that can only be quenched by the likes of Seagal or priemer Norris which can last months at a clip. Other times we seek b comedy and sci-fi features. However for the last month we have been all over the world of b horror. We grew up on it so it holds a certain level of sentimental value in addition to many laughs with a few scares sprinkled in. Horror is what really built the strong foundation our b enterprise sits upon. While viewing week after week b horror one title came to mind that is absolute classic: Killer Klowns from Outerspace. We decided it must be done with immediate urgency and were very happy with our decision.

    The film starts out at the local make out spot in an anytown USA type area. We have our two main actors Debbie and Mike getting ready for some sweet action until they're interrupted by what appears to be a huge comet. As the bright orange ball flies through the sky Debbie decides they should go check it out much to Mikes protest. This guys trying to unload here and she wants to go see where the comet landed. As Mike thinks he must figure if he goes with her to check it out he has just bumped his potential of getting laid up into the 90% barrier, so he goes along with it. Now we cut to some old farmer who is a dead ringer for chuck as he see's the same comet. He gets all happy times because he figures he can charge people to see the comet thus earning him enough money to buy a set of teeth. He tells his old lady he'll be back, grabs the bloodhound, and treks through the forest. As he walks he comes upon a huge circus tent. So he's poking around while his dog lags behind. As the dog sits there barking at the tent one of the Klowns scoops him up in a net forcing the old man to have a huge freakout. While in full panic mode another Klown comes from behind and shoots him with his ray gun turning him into a cotton candy corpse. Moments later our Mike and Debbie stumble upon the tent and wonder what is going on. She's freaked saying something is wrong but idiot Mike thinks the circus has come to town but decided to set up shop in the middle of the woods. He talks her into going inside where they realize they're in a UFO. They stumble upon all the cotton candy and see that there are bodies inside. Like complete wackbags they start yelling which get them attention from the Klowns who chase them out of the ship shooting popcorn at them.

    Now Mike and Debbie run to the police station where they ask for help from officer Dave Hansen, who looks like a mix of Chris Hansen and William Zabka, and happens to be debbie's old flame. They tell them about their encounter with the klowns which forces Hansen out to the scene of the crime. Once they get out into the woods the tent is gone forcing Hansen to believe Mike and Debbie may have been doing a few batties. He decides to cuff Mike and bring Debbie home. Now throughout the film we have a lot of homo erotic tension between both Mike and Hansen. They have constant one liners to throw back and forth causing many laughs throughout the film. As Mike being brought down to the station they stuble upon a group of people watching one of the Klowns but on a shadow puppet show. Among this group are the Terenzi brothers in their ice cream truck. As they watch to show the Klown makes a shadow puppet of a dinosaur which eats the crowd in one of the worst special effects ever. Pure genius! The Terenzi brothers freakout and Mike runs out of the car to pair up with them while Hansen gets up to the station to rasle up some back up. Once at the station he see's one of the Klowns and opens fire. The shots have no effect on the klown as he steps close until he's shot in the nose. He starts spinning around in a very trippy special effects disaster ultimately killing him. Hansen now knows how to stop the Klowns and gets the gang together to find the tent and take them out. Once the whole crew gets there they make a plan of attack by sending the Terenzi brothers their own way to look for the klowns. As the rest of the crew searches they are met by roughly 20 klowns and hop up on some blocks to escape. They are being surrounded until the Terenzi brothers comes busting through the wall in their ice cream truck. They are then forced to fight a giant called "Klownzilla" which officer Hansen kills buy smashing its nose with his police badge. They have a big gay group hug and the credits roll.

    Once the ending came we looked at each other and said, this films got it. It is essentially the definition of campy b horror that anyone can enjoy. Well almost anyone. We saw a couple bad reviews that panned the movie really hard. What were you expecting from a film titled "Killer Klowns from Outerspace?" Did you think this would be an oscar worthy film? For you who panned this film you need to get over yourselves. Films like this are what keeps the movie business interesting. Who needs a serious movie with big name actors all the time? Not us, not Sid. It had just the right amount of terrible acting, laughable special effects, and great looking clowns. If you love b horror then this one has it all.
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  • Naughty, Naughty Klowns
    [This review is part of my 31 days of Halloween series.]

    When I first saw this movie it was on TV so the formatting issue isn't as important to me as it appears to be to other reviewers (check out the single star reviews.) I suppose it could benefit by letterbox reformatting. As for other "poor" rating reviews, come on, guys--its called KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE, not FROM HERE TO ETERNITY.

    Anyway, I liked it.

    The movie definitely has all the "B" level hallmarks--less than stellar acting (except by the Klowns who are perfect), a script full of holes, etc. But somehow, the film works almost in spite of itself. The art direction was great, particularly in the use of color--and, again, the look of the Klowns who are perfect. They had huge goofy heads & sets of really nasty looking, evil teeth. The "tricks" they play on the unaware towns people are a treat to watch.

    For the price, you can't miss--and it's Kid Friendly.

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  • Ridiculously camp! Deliciously horrible! Welcome back to the 80's!
    Somehow, this film kept eluding me for years until I finally got it from Amazon two decades after it was made. Of course it is a cheap, campy, ridiculous B-movie... but it is very enjoyable at the same time.

    A spaceship looking like a circus tent lands on a small town. Aliens looking like monstrous clowns go on a rampage, attacking everybody and putting them on cotton candy cocoons from which they feed.

    Unbelievable? Yes. Improbable? Yes. With lots of unexplained twists? Yes. Some bad acting? Yes. Some cheap effects? Yes. Terribly dated? Yes.
    ...But STILL very funny to watch. And the clowns are nicely done. Only during the 80's a film like this could be made.

    Recommended for what it is.

    The DVD comes with an impressive array of extras:
    -Deleted scenes
    -Trailer
    -Five featurettes (no less!)
    -Interviews
    -Photo gallery
    -Storyboards
    -Early films from the Chiodo Brothers
    -Audio Commentary
    -Bloopers
    ...And the copy I bought from Amazon comes with nice a 3D cover on the top of the original DVD case.

    Sadly, it does not come with English subtitles (why not?). Only French and Spanish....more info
  • A Killer Review
    This movie was Awesone!!!!!!!!!! It was so old school that it was cool. Everybody should see this movie....more info
  • No Ice Cream
    It's definitely not the smartest, or scariest b-movie ever, yet if you consider that this will be one of those you sit around with a bunch of friends to make fun of the corny effects, it's definitely an enjoyable watch.

    Saw this originally on either USA or HBO ages ago, and it definitely holds up years later to be one of the silliest premises ever for a "scary" movie.

    In line with Troma Troupe videos (will not buy those though) it's definitely one to watch only when you really want to see a good - BAD movie....more info
  • What the Hell?
    Killer Klowns from Outer Space...I knew before I even watched it that it was just a spoof and not to be taken seriously...but wow...just wow. I liked this movie, but...it's retarded. I mean it's ninety minutes of pure stupidity...which should be downright obvious to anyone with a nervous system. I thought it was a fun movie...but definitely dumb fun. Take an hour and a half out of your life to lose some IQ points with this movie. You might not regret it....more info
  • Half Demented Genius, Half Dorky Lameness
    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....more info

  • Coulrophobics Beware!
    A film capitalizing on Coulrophobia, in which a troupe of interstellar clowns descend upon earth within a craft in the shape of a big-top tent, and proceed to encase the resident humans in a small township inside jacaranda cocoons, for future meals. Yes, these clowns are here to consume the vital fluids of earthlings, yet there is no presence of a "cook book" entitled "How To Serve Man", although this presentation may have been partly inspired by that Twilight Zone episode. The only ones privvy to their intentions are "Debbie and Mike", a couple who had witnissed their ghoulish propensities, and go forth to stop them at all costs, yet no-one believes their seemingly wild tale, especially the Police - yet eventually, a deputy joins them in their quest to vanquish the gluttonous bafoons who exhibit all of the characteristics of their trade to the extreme. By utilizing the sheeple's gullibility, they are entranced by their antics, including an impressive hand-shadow display, until captured and preserved, and they do not waste their food.

    Particularly remarkable and amusing scenes include a small clown being harassed by a gang of bikers, who then proceed to enact some of his own justice by literally "knocking his block off"; the dispatching of the Police Chief by using the compassionate glamor of his jestery to catch him off guard; four clowns, after emerging from a small car, throwing acid pies at a security guard, reducing him into a globulous pile of ice cream - ulna & radius protruding from the gelatinous mess; a puppet show entertaining a teenager who ends up victim; a blonde attacked in the shower by baby snake-like clownheads, birthed into existence by popcorn seeds.

    In the end, after gaining the cooperation of a couple of horny brothers who own an ice cream truck, Mike and the deputy engage in the final showdown within the bigtop craft, scurrying through the mazes within, rescuing Debbie who had been previously captured and contained within a balloon, until they face a clown monster. Suffice it to say, the film has an explosive and colorful finale.

    I did like the appearence of the clowns themselves - with exaggerated features, demonic laughter, and pointed predatory teeth. These characters would make for acceptable Halloween Horror costumes.This is indeed a "cult classic", and purposeful B+ Movie fare in My estimation. No blood or gore, but more or less a comic book put to film. Regarding the soundtrack, see The Dickies video which is just about as good as the movie....more info
  • Sci-fi classics

    The ultimate sci-fi "B" classic movie. It you are a fan of the classics, this is one to add to your collection. Perfect Saturday morning flick. Some blood, so maybe keep very small children away....more info
  • Insanely funny. So bad, it's good.
    Insanely funny. So bad, it's good. A real pie in the face. I've been looking for this DVD for years. Chodo Bros. are worth their weight in
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  • THE QUEEN MOTHER OF ALL CAMPY-CULT FILMS.
    'Killer Klowns From Outer Space' is a 1988 movie written, produced, and directed by the Chiodo Brothers. It stars Grant Cramer, Susanne Snyder, John Allen Nelson, and John Vernon.

    Our story starts off on a quiet night in the small town of Cresent Crove. After a brief introduction to officer Mooney(Vernon; see if you can spot Christopher Titus), We are introduced to Mike(Cramer)and Debbie(Snyder), two young adults spending time together at the local make-out spot. Their night out is interupted by a giant fireball in the sky. They let their curiosity get the best of them, and decide to investigate. the next cut shows the fireball is actually a spaceship that oddly resembles a circus tent. Unfortunatly, the local town drunk stumbles upon it to a bad consequence. After a quick cut that further introduces Moony and Hanson(Nelson), Mike and Debbie have found the ship(tent). Again they let their curiosity get the better of them, and they learn the terrible truth; A spaceship full of aliens that resemble clowns has landed to harvest humans as food!!

    What can I say, I like off-beat humor, and this movie has LOADS of it!! Cult films span all types of genres; When it comes to horror/comedy this film is on par with 'Dead Alive' and 'The Evil Dead II'. The plot is obviously straight forward, and is meant in a satyrical way.

    The acting and dialoge is just awesomely bad!! It's acted and played rather serious, but is balanced really well with the ridiculuos plot. The contrast in the serious acting and goofy plot will have you grinning in the first ten minutes! Even today, most of the actors remain obscure, but play the parts ssssoooo well!

    The editing is good. The movie runs 86 minutes and never drags. The 'Klowns' are breifly shown in the beggining and as the movie progresses, we see more of the klowns and their anticts. The film has an escalating tension(reletively speaking). In the beggining, see little of the klowns, but the movie progresses to show the full human harvest.

    The cinematography is suprisingly great for a low-budjet flick. The movie is really sharp and doesn't suffer from the 'gritty' look, and even the shots at night are clear and lit well.

    The effects are sssssooooo great, and compliment the movie sssooo well. The klowns themselves to look quite bizarre; kind of a schizophrenic, distorted, scarier version of circus clowns. The klowns look so twisted they would fit nicely in a 'Silent Hill' game. Toy ray-guns, shadow puppets, balloon dogs, and cotton candy coccoons are some of the unique, and silly instruments of genocide. Don't let the goofiness fool you, this movie does have its fair share of blood and disturbing imagery(It's killer klowns after all).

    The DVD comes with some cool extras. Deleted scenes, commentary, 5 featurettes, and two easter-eggs(the popcorn in the special features sub-menu)are included with the DVD.

    I was 14 when I first saw this, and all these years later, this movie still makes me giggle. I still watch it and find LOADS of entertainment value in it. If you like horror/cult-comedies, then this is a MUST HAVE!!...more info
  • 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. Perfect for a rainy Saturday afternoon or if you are in the mood for a light movie with goofy humor. Definiately not Oscar material but then again it was never meant to be....more info
  • Not as Good as I Remember
    I know there are plenty of people who love this movie and I remember seeing it when I was young. It was not scary then and its not scary now. It is good cheesy fun though with a lot of bad acting and a plot to not even care about. I liked it enough to set through once again in my older years now and I have to say my movie tastes have changed enough to where this movie isn't worth a second watch. Special features aren't great at all even though they are there for people who care. Picture quality is good and so is audio but other than that not much going for it. I know its a cult favorite and that's fine for most fans if you like it that much but its not really going to be for everyone. That is usually the way it goes for cult favorites though it is usually love or hate. It is good to watch again if you haven't seen it for a while but other than that not much here anymore....more info
  • Invasion Of The Suspender Snappers
    Basic Plot: Aliens from outer space come to invade the Earth with diabolical plans. But these aren't normal extraterrestrials. These are space-clowns with one deadly sense of humor! They go around a small town, terrorizing the residents and turning their bodies into cotton candy cocoons. A small group of teens are the only ones willing to accept this crazy situation, and take it upon themselves to rid their town of these murderous bozos. But, of course, that will be easier said than done!

    In my opinion, Killer Klowns From Outer Space cannot be mistaken. Whether it's the DVD cover, the tagline ("In Space No One Can Eat Ice Cream"), or the absurd plot, you pretty much know what you're getting into. And I for one enjoyed it. It was everything I'd hoped it would be -- a mix of sci-fi, comedy, and horror that's entertaining from beginning to end. I've seen my share of bad B-movies, and I was prepared for the worst, but instead got a pleasant surprise. Sure, the acting isn't too spiffy, but who cares about the humans? The other-worldly clowns are evilly cool combinations of live actors and mechanical suits. The masks are able to blink, shift their eyebrows, and stretch big nasty smiles across their faces for a delightfully sinister effect. I'll admit it's not completely believable, but it's certainly more than the obvious rubber mask too many movies like this settle with. And with plenty of kooky gadgets and tricks, there are some interesting kills as well. This is rated PG-13, so there's not a lot of gore, but we're still treated to absurdly humorous slaughter throughout the movie. There are too many memorable scenes to mention here, but trust me: Killer Klowns From Outer Space will have any fan of horror-comedies in B-movie heaven. The makers of this flick obviously know how to have a good time, and don't waste any effort on trying to sneak seriousness or morals into the story. Just good 'ol stupid fun! And, with a nice load of special features (including 5 featurettes, audio commentary by the Chiodo Brothers, bloopers, 2 deleted scenes, and more), there's plenty of reasons to purchase this DVD. So what are you waiting for? Step right up and enjoy a funhouse ride that is truly out of this world!...more info
  • Naughty, Naughty Klowns
    [This review is part of my 31 days of Halloween series.]

    When I first saw this movie it was on TV so the formatting issue isn't as important to me as it appears to be to other reviewers (check out the single star reviews.) I suppose it could benefit by letterbox reformatting. As for other "poor" rating reviews, come on, guys--its called KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE, not FROM HERE TO ETERNITY.

    Anyway, I liked it.

    The movie definitely has all the "B" level hallmarks--less than stellar acting (except by the Klowns who are perfect), a script full of holes, etc. But somehow, the film works almost in spite of itself. The art direction was great, particularly in the use of color--and, again, the look of the Klowns who are perfect. They had huge goofy heads & sets of really nasty looking, evil teeth. The "tricks" they play on the unaware towns people are a treat to watch.

    For the price, you can't miss--and it's Kid Friendly.

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  • The sequel is coming.
    I was researching on the computer two months ago and found out the chiodo emails so I said"what the hell"and I contacted them.

    The sequel is about a nasa space ship being shot down out of outer space then these clowns(klowns)land in none other but Cresent Cove.They have come for three reasons.
    1)To get more Cotton Candy Blood Juice
    2)To seek revenge on the ones that defeated them the last time they landed.
    3)To save(rescue)the little buddle of joy they left behind.

    Big Red,Little Greeny,Mr.Funkiller,Mr.Cool,Macho Klown,Yellow Mellow Shooter all return.(They took off in another ship.The other was like a decoy to distract the humans.)

    And no Klownzilla is not the leader.Big Red is.Do ya'll really think that thing could possibly lead that group of misfits?I don't think so.

    I got this information from the Chiodo Brothers themselves in an email.I still have the email too.
    Hope this helps....more info
  • WHAT IF TIM BURTON MADE THE BLOB?! 4 1/2 STARS!
    A rare occurrence, when a film this silly turns out to be so great! 'Killer Klowns From Outer Space' is a wonderful homage to the Sci-Fi and monster movies of the 50's. While watching this ultra campy "Cult Classic" you can't help, but think of 'The Blob' film from 1958. The story pretty much follows the same basic story line except no blob, just really sinister looking space klowns!

    The clown make-up is fantastic and the sets look like Pee Wee's Playhouse on acid! Clever use of all known Klown props including funny little car, balloon animals, puppets, shadow puppets, popcorn, cotton candy, pie throwing and the big top itself....you name it's in here! Although the Klown make-up is quite creepy, the film is played purely for laughs.

    It would have been interesting if this film had a couple of really good scares in it! I think they missed a golden opportunity there.....anyone remember 'Night Of The Creeps'? Another campy Horror comedy from the 80's, but that one had some tension and scares in between the laughs. That is why I deduct half a star. The DVD transfer is excellent and this release has a nice amount of extras including commentary, making of, FX, Klown concepts, trailer,deleted scenes and much more!

    Thanks "C" for reminding me to watch this one! Happy Shocktober! ...more info
  • A cult classic rarely equaled
    A small subgenre of horror films and literature exists in which one overriding principle dominates: clowns are scary. Think about it for a minute. We've got Stephen King's seminal 1986 novel involving a group of kids battling a cosmic evil that disguises itself in the garb of a clown, subsequently turned into a made for television miniseries a few years later starring Tim Curry as the titular grease painted monster. Then there's Victor Salva's low budget shocker, "Clownhouse," about some kids who run into a trio of criminals disguised as clowns. But the best known film involving evil clowns is undoubtedly "Killer Klowns from Outer Space," a movie that seamlessly blends broad comedy with genuine chills and thrills. Personally, I don't find clowns frightening unless you count the time Roger Moore donned floppy footwear and a red nose in one of his Bond films. But I guess I can understand why some would recoil in fear when confronted by large men with white faces and red smiles, especially if you're a three or four year old kid. Anyway, that's enough with the obligatory paragraph in which I attempt to set some sort of context. Let's move on to the review, shall we?

    MGM saw fit to release a special edition "Killer Klowns" disc, and it's a good thing they did. This is one fun ride. The movie starts with the arrival of an odd-looking spacecraft, one shaped like a gigantic circus tent of all things, somewhere in small town America. Right from the start we learn that the occupants of this weird craft resemble not at all the touchy-feely sort of extraterrestrial we saw in films like "E.T." These aliens obviously intend to harm any hapless humans with the temerity to investigate the landing of the craft, as evidenced by what happens to a local hick when he takes his dog out to the landing site for a look. Unfortunately, or fortunately considering the outcome of the film, a couple of youngsters also witness the craft arcing through the sky. Enter Mike Tobacco (Grant Cramer) and his girlfriend Debbie Stone (Suzanne Snyder). They were sitting in their car playing tonsil hockey when the spaceship landed nearby. Intrepid Mike immediately wants to investigate, and the reluctant Debbie goes along. The two discover the craft, manage to infiltrate the vessel, and discover a most disturbing find wrapped in what looks like cotton candy. Oh dear. Knowing something is seriously amiss, Mike and Debbie soon find themselves trying to warn the townspeople of the horror from beyond the sky.

    Their task faces many difficulties. First, the only allies they can rely on are Rich and Paul Terenzi (Michael Siegel and Peter Licassi respectively), two girl crazy dolts that drive an ice cream truck for a living. Debbie and Mike certainly can't count on the local cops for assistance, at least not initially. The chief of police, Curtis Mooney (John Vernon channeling his Dean Wormer character from "Animal House"), is a hostile man constantly railing against local troublemakers. His main man at the precinct house, Dave Manson (John Allen Nelson), is also unreliable since he once dated Debbie and thus cannot stand Mike's presence. The inability to muster help allows the aliens to sweep into town on a mission of conquest. We soon learn that these extraterrestrials dress and look like clowns, but with a twist. They're hateful creatures with mouths full of nasty looking teeth whose goal involves collecting human beings for food. The aliens use all the clown tricks of the trade--cotton candy, balloons, little cars, shadow puppets, and magic tricks--to capture men, women, and children. Debbie and Mike must avoid the clowns, marshal their forces, and once again penetrate the spaceship in order to save the human race from possible extinction.

    "Killer Klowns from Outer Space" works as well as it does by deftly blending humor with horror. The clowns are fun to watch, especially when they're luring human beings to their doom. Imagine popcorn that turns into nasty looking beasties with razor sharp teeth, shadow puppets that can swallow up people, and a biker gang that learns the hard way about messing around with these clowns. Fun stuff, even if none of it is particularly scary. What IS scary, at least in my opinion, are the occasional scenes that really send shivers down the spine. That silent clown and the little girl at the restaurant are deliciously eerie, but even this pales in comparison to what I rank as the best scene in the film. It involves Officer Mooney and a clown, and it's bone-chilling stuff. I still shudder every time I see the film and hear Mooney's voice in this particular scene. Just as effective are the set pieces inside the ship, which look like they cost far more than they probably did. That the makers of the movie, the Chiodo brothers, managed to pull off this unusual blend of horror and comedy on such a meager budget speaks well of their talent.

    Since MGM gives us a special edition disc, there are plenty of extras to peruse after the film concludes. We get a commentary track, deleted scenes, a trailer, stills, audition tapes, bloopers, and five featurettes containing behind the scenes footage, interviews with the Chiodo brothers, and lots of other fun stuff. "Killer Klowns from Outer Space" is must see viewing for fans of cult cinema, and it's not a bad choice for general horror fans who relish the idea of seeing some chills balanced with a few laughs. The movie is definitely five star material. I'm hoping against hope that the disc sold well enough to merit a sequel. We'll probably never see a follow up film, but I can hope anyway, can't I?
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  • klassic tacky humour
    apalling as the title is, the film lives up to it!

    This is trully a tacky B grade horror flick, which combines the theme of a typical B grade horror flick with tasteless acts perpetrated by aliens dressed as klowns.

    The effects are cheap, the laughs low brow and the plot predictable all making a gloriously funny film which will appeal to anybody who thinks "Plan 9 from outer space" is a classic.

    enjoy!...more info
  • A deserved cult classic
    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....more info

  • This Movie Is A Horror Gem!!!(And Ms. Snyder Is HOT Too!!!)
    This movie is a Horror Gem and is sadly overlooked by many fans of the genre. A group of Killer Klowns arive from Outer Space and then proceed to kill and maim the inhabitants on Earth. The Klowns in this movie have a SERIOUS "Street Credibility" problem because after all, who is scared of a clown? However as Lon Chaney once said "There is nothing scarier than a clown after midnight" and I agree with that. This movie stars the absolutely GORGEOUS Suzanne Snyder whoi sadly we do not see enough of in film these days....more info
  • Sci-fi classics

    The ultimate sci-fi "B" classic movie. It you are a fan of the classics, this is one to add to your collection. Perfect Saturday morning flick. Some blood, so maybe keep very small children away....more info
  • BEST CHEESY CLOWN HORROR MOVIE EVER!
    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! But, with my luck, about 1-2 months later it came out on DVD. so, I sold the VHS one and bought it on DVD. Killer Klowns has loads of special features.

    Two teens are out on some hill and see a comet/meteor go flying past them. They decide to go find it and check it out. They find it and decide to go in, by they way it looks like a circus tent. They explore around and find some of the klowns. They freak out and go hide in this room with these cotton candy things. They open one up and find out that they are storing bodies in them. They run out get in there car and go to the police. Pretty soon the klowns start recking havoc on the town. This is one of my top 10 favorite movies along with dead alive and bad taste! by the way this is nothing like those two movies that I just mentioned....more info

  • Killer Klowns rock my World...
    The whole movie is cheesy, but you cant help but love it. Although I just recently upgraded from VHS to the DVD which was only $7.50 at walmart... so sorry amazon... walmart has cheaper cheesy... but other then that this movie is a total classic and i suggest buying it for the clown phobic friend:)...more info
  • Balloon dogs are vicious!!!!
    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! :)...more info
  • Not as Good as I Remember
    I know there are plenty of people who love this movie and I remember seeing it when I was young. It was not scary then and its not scary now. It is good cheesy fun though with a lot of bad acting and a plot to not even care about. I liked it enough to set through once again in my older years now and I have to say my movie tastes have changed enough to where this movie isn't worth a second watch. Special features aren't great at all even though they are there for people who care. Picture quality is good and so is audio but other than that not much going for it. I know its a cult favorite and that's fine for most fans if you like it that much but its not really going to be for everyone. That is usually the way it goes for cult favorites though it is usually love or hate. It is good to watch again if you haven't seen it for a while but other than that not much here anymore....more info
  • A B-movie classic!

    In a small town, an odd spaceship that resembles a circus tent has just landed near the town to lure people in. Suddenly two college students investigate it to discover that it's a spaceship and it's aliens are evil bloodsucking vampiric clown-like creatures whom's only intention is to eat the human race.

    Very entertaining and different kind of Science Fiction/Horror Comedy flick that has became a cult favorite over the years, but if you can just overlook the bad acting with dopey dialog, you can enjoy the film for it's special effects, realistic if creepy clown creatures and imaginative ideas for kills & weapons that only the red nosed invaders from another planet can do.

    The DVD has great picture with great sound, the extras are very nice like a audio commentary by the directors known as the Chiodo Brothers, 5 featurettes, bloopers, 2 deleted scenes with commentary, still gallery, storyboard gallery and Theatrical Trailer.

    If you love Sci-fi, horror and comedy with b-movies then this movie is just right for you.

    Also recommended: "Lifeforce", " The Blob ( 1958 and 1988)", " Predator", "Predator 2", "Aliens", "Alien", "Alien3", "Alien Resurrection","Alien vs. Predator", "Critters", "Critters 2", " Mars Attacks!", " IT! The Terror from Outer Space", " The Thing ( 1951 and 1982 versions)", " Species", " The Fifth Element", "Starship Troopers", "Total Recall", " War of the Worlds", " Attack of the Killer Tomatoes", "Return of the Killer Tomatoes", " Invasion of the Body Snatchers ( Both versions)", " Invaders from Mars ( Both versions)", " Vampirella", " Planet of the Vampires", "Bad Taste" and "The Deadly Spawn"....more info
  • Hilarious icon of sci-fi and horror trash
    "Killer Clowns from Outer Space" (1988 - 88 minutes), icon of sci-fi
    and horror trash, was directed by Stephen Chiodo and written by
    Charles, Edward and Stephen Chiodo. With funny special effects and a bizarre sense of humour, the film tells the history of a
    group of alien clowns, the crew of a circus tent shape spaceship,that
    lands on Earth to spread terror using the most varied circus
    techniques. A small American city is chosen to receive the unexpected
    visit of the evil and wicked extraterrestrials whose objective is to
    make fun and later on to suck the succulent body of the human beings.
    Hilarious....more info
  • Great parody
    This movie falls into the cheesy guilty pleasure catagory.
    You realize the bad acting and low budget effects should
    turn you off, but somehow Killer Klowns with popcorn guns
    is simply too much fun to pass up. It starts off with a
    old hillbilly(He used to play on the western series Gun
    smoke alot) spotting a spaceship and decides to see what's
    going on.

    He then naturally becomes the movies first victim. The
    main characters are two teens Mike and Debbie. The thing
    is that despite being two of the main characters they
    add nothing to the film at all. The whole show comes from
    the Klowns and they're creative and cheesy ways to kill
    off the people put them in the cotton candy cacoons.

    This movie is more of a comedy than a horror film as
    nothing really is believable. But with the cheesy one
    liners totally funny klowns make this movie alot of fun
    to watch on a late night. Even better if you are totally
    wasted. The only boring parts is all the parts without
    the klowns. The best part is the scene with the bikers
    and the small klown. If you can't laugh at that you have
    no sense of humor at all. The scene with Mooney and the
    Klown in the jail is pretty good aswell.

    One of the best guilty pleasure movies that you will ever
    see....more info
  • WHAT IF TIM BURTON MADE THE BLOB?! 4 1/2 STARS!
    A rare occurrence, when a film this silly turns out to be so great! 'Killer Klowns From Outer Space' is a wonderful homage to the Sci-Fi and monster movies of the 50's. While watching this ultra campy "Cult Classic" you can't help, but think of 'The Blob' film from 1958. The story pretty much follows the same basic story line except no blob, just really sinister looking space klowns!

    The clown make-up is fantastic and the sets look like Pee Wee's Playhouse on acid! Clever use of all known Klown props including funny little car, balloon animals, puppets, shadow puppets, popcorn, cotton candy, pie throwing and the big top itself....you name it's in here! Although the Klown make-up is quite creepy, the film is played purely for laughs.

    It would have been interesting if this film had a couple of really good scares in it! I think they missed a golden opportunity there.....anyone remember 'Night Of The Creeps'? Another campy Horror comedy from the 80's, but that one had some tension and scares in between the laughs. That is why I deduct half a star. The DVD transfer is excellent and this release has a nice amount of extras including commentary, making of, FX, Klown concepts, trailer,deleted scenes and much more!

    Thanks "C" for reminding me to watch this one! Happy Shocktober! ...more info
  • This Movie's AWESOME!
    "Killer Klowns from Outer Space" is hillarious! I'm also fond of the theme song. I'd have to say, these dudes are super clever, and they're so cool lookin'! I like the little dude with the green hair. Trust me, you'll really want to buy this movie....more info
  • Killer Klowns
    I first watched this movie when I was 13 or 14. It's not scary at all but it is funny. May not be for ppl that doesn't like clowns already but hey give it a try....more info
  • These Clowns Are Funny, Terrifying, and Diabolical
    Please don't be put off by the title. After you`ve seen "Killer Klowns from Outer Space," you'll understand why it is a cult classic. A dark comedy, this film is both humorous and terrifying, and there are scenes that are simply grotesque. Many people are afraid of clowns and this movie will only reinforce that fear. Hollywood has capitalized on this fear by making numerous movies where the killer was a clown. The alien creature in Stephen King's "It" assumed the appearance of a clown. The maniac in "House on Sorority Row" was obsessed with striped balls, jack in the boxes, and clowns; he even masquerades as a clown.

    The theory purposed by "Killer Klowns" is that these aliens visited our world many years before and hence were the basis for our modern circus clowns. A theory that is both silly and grotesque along with many other elements of the film. Citizens of a small community are encased in pink cocoons that resemble cotton candy, but it is an acidic substance that dissolves flesh into a liquid that can be slurped through a straw. These clowns remind me of spiders that wrap their victims in webs and then liquefy their organs so they may be sucked through a straw-like proboscis. This should have been emphasized in the movie.

    "Killer Klowns from Outer Space" has an extremely high body count. (An entire town is practically depopulated.) There are numerous - and grotesque - death scenes. This movie was released towards the end of the famed slasher frenzy that dominated the eighties. In fact, it serves as a great parody for both slasher and invasion films. I highly recommend it for hard core fans of horror, like myself, and fans of the slasher frenzy era.
    ...more info