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Killer Klowns From Outer Space [Blu-ray]  [US Import]
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It grabbed me right from the start when the superb theme tune by The Dickies kicked in. The clowns themselves are suitably menacing, they look like badly filled fancy dress costumes gone wild but when they show their teeth it's time to watch out. The line "they were travelling through outer space and stopped for something to eat" describes the plot succinctly and Cove Crescent is their chosen pit-stop.
John Vernon as the red-neck deputy Curtis Mooney is the only really bright light in the acting stakes. The special effects are not that brilliant but that suits the movie well, this is not an FX extravaganza but it is one of the best low budget comedy horror movies you will see.
Apart from the big-top space ship and low-grade plastic weapons there's also the klown kar, the klown women (looking as sexy as the stripper in Funny Man), popcorn that grows into monsters and custard pies that dissolve flesh; almost every aspect of the circus clown act is twisted into some fiendish device here.
If I had one complaint it would be the lack of any real extras, most notably the 20 minute "making of" featurette that appeared on the R1 DVD release many years ago is not included here. That grumble aside thanks to the Chiodo Brothers for making a movie that cheers me up every time I watch it and The Dickies for that brilliant theme tune.
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 ›
I love horror and this is an oldie but a goodie, the clowns are creepy even now and although made in the 80s there's still something chilling about it.
that said, i keep hearing rumours about killer clowns 2...
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crazy! but good easy to watch tongue in cheek comedy horror!Published 2 months ago by Patricia Wiseman
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