Killer Klowns from Outer Space
In space, no one can eat ice cream.
Aliens, who look like clowns, arrive on Earth to capture and harvest people in order to use them as sustenance.
Killer clowns, from outer space. Holy shit!
No, Curtis Mooney, its not clowns its klowns.
Don't ask me why. Maybe Ed Boon and company had something to do with it? Well, I didn't see Sub-Zero or Scorpion running around so my only guess is that the misspelling of the word is merely an ode to how dastardly dumb but ridiculously brilliant this movie is.
I mentioned in one of my other reviews about my family's weekly trip to Blockbuster (RIP) when we were kids. Each family member got to rent their own movie; I was a twisted child and always rented shitty Friday the 13th sequels. One time my Dad rented this weird little movie for the whole family. We…
So campy it hurts. This film is definitely - DEFINITELY - not for everyone. It has your usual dose of 80's special effects cheesiness and horror cliché posing as comedy. Beyond this, however, it has an insertion of trashy circus-type sets and concepts that, surprisingly, transcend gimmicky decoration and often result in some rather fun, clever scenes. Just when you think you've seen it all, it pushes the silliness even further. You've also got your bad acting, cheesy one-liners, unrealistic scenarios, and a cop that makes Chief Wiggum look effectual. What's there not to love?
I'd always heard this movie cited as one of the worst of all time - apparently a lot of people who see it suffer from some mysterious affliction that causes them to take a movie called 'Killer Klowns from Outer Space' too seriously and miss that it's an often-hilarious comedy? Of course, that's not too unfathomable, as pretty much all of the human actors in the movie are terrible, off-putting in that broad comic way that they should teach actors to avoid in acting school. One huge exception: John fucking Vernon, who's almost as good in this as he is in Savage Streets.
Still though, it seems a shame to write off a movie as imaginative and original as this just because you can't handle a goofy horror movie premise played largely for laughs - maybe it's too creepy to really be funny? That's always the problem with clowns though.
Film #30 of Horroctober
It's definitely the cinematic utopia that the title suggests.
Fucking acid pies, man...
Some films really do exactly what they say on the tin. Snakes On A Plane is about a bunch of snakes on a plane, House on Haunted Hill is about a house on the aptly-named Haunted Hill, and Killer Klowns From Outer Space is about a bunch of clowns from space who go around killing people. For that alone, it’s very hard to justifiably complain about this film having a ludicrous plot because you’re made fully aware of that before you sit down to watch it. However, that doesn’t excuse the shoddy acting, dodgy looking effects and the general ludicrousness of everything that happens.
Killer Klowns From Outer Space is part-horror and part-spoof. It takes much of its inspiration…
Not very keen on this sort of readymade cult item, though the Burtonesque production design (some sets seem directly inspired by the clown nightmare in Pee-wee's Big Adventure) can be fun. Murderous aliens that happen to look like clowns to us wasn't necessarily a bad idea; applying the funhouse motif to literally everything—their spaceship is a circus tent; their cocoons resemble cotton candy; eggs as popcorn kernels—just makes it seem like very bloated sketch comedy. One startlingly creepy moment: John Vernon as ventriloquist's dummy, with the clown speaking through him. That must have fucked up little kids at the time.
This should be a classic, for me it is a cult film that everyone should see. I'm just saying...
As stupid as one would expect and not well acted at all, but it knows exactly what it is and is one of the few b-movie horror films whose main characters remain relatively likable throughout. Also the only depiction 've ever seen in cinema of a main plot-love triangle with no hard feelings, ulterior motives, etc., which is pretty g'damn progressive from a movie that spells Clowns with a K.
Also, the music. Lmao.
It's amazing that 25 years later Arcade Fire would be so inspired by this film that they would name their album Reflektor.
Ultra trash, with some nice creepy elements. Nasty makeup.
A milestone of the so-bad/wierd-it's-good genre, this film always struck me as trying just a little too hard, and being a little too self-consciously schlockey, and on repeat viewings this only becomes more clear. Still, it has aged badly, and this has added to its charm somewhat. Excellent clown costumes, and outlandish horror (such as mincing people into candy-floss), along with some obligatory AWFUL clown gags make this one ultimately forgivable for trying to do what other filmmakers achieve effortlessly in the b-horror genre - namely "what the f**k were you thinking/smoking when you made this?!?!" cinema.
Fans of the subgenre should have seen it, but might be too jaded to like it.
Entre la comedia, el terror y la ciencia ficción. Es macabra e inocente.
No se sabe qué es lo que pretende pero, como mínimo, los payasos están mejor conseguidos que muchos de los efectos especiales que se desarrollan ahora digitalmente. Además es entretenida e impactante.
Después de ver la película , ¿quién no se asusta al ver un payaso, una tarta o un algodón de azúcar?
3 out of 5 (B-)
Undemanding novelty 80's Horror flick. Unfortunately, the drama scenes are quite tedious and boring but that doesn't really matter as the intergalactic Klowns causing mayhem make it all worthwhile. It's a creepy B-Feature with it's tongue firmly in cheek, but it's a pity it isn't funnier or even gorier. Certainly some good opportunities were passed up. There's no nudity to speak of, and the flick is only mildly violent. However, the monsters/creature costumes from out of space look menacing and quirky. Worth a look if you haven't seen this before, the Toilet Clown is probably my favorite.
The true horror lies in how the Chiodo brothers even got their borderline clown erotica screenplay made - any film where six different characters receive facials and two dudes get molested by buxom female clowns has to be SOMEBODY's idea of porn.