Sometimes I get stuck in a rut when it comes to watching films. I either just watch anything that comes…
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.
Hoop-Tober film #1
Hello and welcome to Hoop-Tober. Thank you to all of those participating. I am floored by the response and am excited by the amount of interaction between members both old and new.
Without further adieu:
Horror films in the 80's birthed a prodigiously talented roster of creative film professionals into the world. Frank Darabont, Dean Cundey, Kathryn Bigelow, Renny Harlan, Shane Black, to name a few, all started in or got their break in horror films. Many of them transitioned into more respectable fare in the 90's and beyond and helmed numerous blockbusters and Oscar winning films. For most, but not all, their talent was evident even in the lowest budgeted 80's horror's.
In the earliest years…
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…
Part of Lise and Jonnies Horror-o-thon 2014 - except Lise didn't watch this one.
Perhaps only next to Space Jam (which I haven't seen) is a film ( Killer Klowns From Outer Space ) that so completely and honestly represents the human condition. And Ice Cream. And Cotton Candy. And poodle hair protagonists. And Killer Klowns.
"Killer clowns from outer space? Ho-lee shiiiit..." - John Vernon giving the best titular line reading in movie history.
"I saw a pair of headlights coming down a dark, rural road one night. When the car got close enough I looked over and saw that the driver was a clown. I thought it was creepy, and when I told my brother about it, he said, 'What if you saw the headlights and the clown, but there was no car?!'
'Well, then the clown would have to be from outer space, I suppose. But why would a clown visit earth from outer space?'
- Paraphrasing 2 of the 3 Chiodo Brothers explaining the origin of Killer Klowns from Outer Space
Roll up, roll up, for Killer Klowns From Outer Space - a colourful cult carnival of crazy creativity and one of the most deliriously fun films of the VHS era. With its roots firmly embedded in 1950s sci-fi B movies where alien invaders infiltrated remote smalltown Americana on a twice-weekly basis, it's a sort of deranged Invasion Of The Saucermen aimed at coulrophobics and irrational childhood nightmares.
One of several films of the period which openly riffed on the retro vibe of drive-in movie madness (Critters and Tremors drew on similarly schlocky inspiration), Killer Klowns cultivates an authentic nostalgic aura whilst being a quintessential 80s movie, and yet a wonderfully weird one of a kind.
Its big selling point is…
The great thing about the title of this film is that it immediately discourages those looking for quality material and appeals to people looking for wacky cult horror gold. Somehow the combination of bad acting, absurd situations, and music taken straight from the demo setting on a keyboard, makes for an effortlessly enjoyable experience.
Killer Klowns actually has some quite interesting ideas as well - cotton candy body snatcher pods, a circus tent spaceship, popcorn guns. Some great sets and imaginative kills also make it consistently engaging (death by custard pie trumps them all). This is not to say it's not scary at all. It's probably quite terrifying for those with a phobia of clowns (officially known as coulrophobia apparently)…
Huh. I don't really know what I was expecting, to be honest.
Easily one of the best three clown-themed movies of all time, Killer Klowns from Outer Space deftly sends up clown-culture, horror movies and alien invasions all in one go. When a comet crashes outside the small town of Crescent Cove, the townsfolk start disappearing in terrifyingly hilarious manners. No clown gag is left un-yukked. Big shoes, little cars, balloons, cotton candy and red noses - Not only is it all mentioned, it's all relevant. That, I think is what elevates this movie into the echelon of good parody. Well that, and John Vernon as a wonderfully condescending cop, Curt Mooney, who hands out strict discipline and eventually finds some perfectly ironic justice of his own. There's also a great theme song by 80's punk(-ish) group, The Dickies. Highly recommended for anyone who loves, hates or just fears clowns.
A funny parody of itself.
The best parts of the movie are the theme song by The Dickies and the costumes and sets. Admittedly a lot of this movie is pretty bad. The performances are wooden, the soundtrack besides the theme song is boring synthesizer music, the characters aren't that interesting. But this is still a really entertaining movie that doesn't take itself too seriously.
Ever heard of the term awfully good?
The Chiodo's craft a perfect movie around a simple concept. Many projects have attempted to update "50s monster movie" sensibilities. Only a few have succeeded as well as Killer Klowns. It's a true delight to watch these masters of visual effects artfully build out beautiful gags from the premise.
Great animators have extreme understanding of visual economy and can produce some of the tightest most visually effective movies when empowered to do so. Killer Klowns is excellent proof of that.
This movie is ridiculously cornball and it knows it, and that's part of the charm. I don't really like clowns and these clowns definitely disturbed me with their look. The costume and makeup FX are definitely some of the best the horror genre has to offer, but the movie just gets bogged down in it's own cheesiness way too quickly.
A Halloween classic!
And there you have it, folks ... The end of Hoop-tober (or whatever you called it).
I like to think that Killer Klowns from Outer Space was deliberately made to fit the 'So Bad it's Good' category. It really is that funny. John Allen Nelson plays it hilariously straight as a heroic cop and some of the stunt-work is terrible. These elements are what the film so much fun, so bravo!
So ... back to my regular viewing pattern, I guess. Hoop-tober was a mixed bag ... sometimes a lot of fun, but occasionally ( Monkey Shines, House of 1000 Corpses ) sucked big time! Next year I plan to include a lot of sequels and remakes, especially to those films I watched this year. UNTIL NEXT TIME FRIENDS AND CITIZENS OF LETTERBOXDVILLE
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