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
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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.
Movie #12 in my Magic & Murder March monthly marathon.
Endless reasons to praise this film. If I went into detail, I'd be here for hours and I have to try to get 1 more horror film in before the sun comes up. It's incredibly sly about intent; it seems like it's just another lowkey goofball monster comedy but it's a full-blown, observational commentary on 80's commercial culture overload (there's so much materialistic junk here, the victims might as well all be wearing clown pants themselves- the ones with the baggy pockets), pop militarism (without taking the hammer-to-the-head approach of TerrorVision), and several classic movie character archetypes. Basically, this is a refreshingly Ash-less, Herbert West-free 80's cult product. No one mugs…
"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…
Film 247 of my 2015 500 Film Challenge
Terrible, but good at the same time. Is that the point? I'm not sure if that was the point or not? But I enjoyed it, but it was bad....
There's a novelty to "so bad, they're good films," but I never thought this one became good. There's a chuckle here and there over the rediculous and cheap nature of the film, but that doesn't sustain an hour and a half.
The circus is in town. It's a killer, and it ain't no funhouse. And like the tagline reads, it's craaazy! The Chiodo Bros Productions tackle balloons, popcorn, and tiny vehicles in their cult horror-comedy Killer Klowns From Outer Space - and surprise, it's silly and oddly entertaining. Somewhat frightening fun is to be had.
Mike and Debbie are at the local make-out point when they witness something extraordinary whiz past in the night sky and presumably crash close by on earth. Reluctantly, they investigate - leading them to the nearby forest where they come across a carnival tent. It's bright, and it seeps of curiosity and bad vibes. They don't consider it to be the darting star in the sky…
Endearingly amateurish for a while, but it does wear out its welcome. There are a couple of good jokes, though.
I've known of this film for years but never knew if it was infamous for being good, bad or so-bad-it's-good. Having now seen it I'm still not sure.
It turns out to be a version of the 1950's Alien Invasion film you've seen plenty of times but set in the 1980's, and with a bizarre circus/clown motif.
Beyond that there's not much to say. It's not overlong but it's not overly interesting. There's fun moments, and without the gore or boobs you might expect to get you through this sort of film from this era.
So while Big Top Spaceships and Cotton Candy Cocoons are different, it's hard to recommend this beyond the surface novelty value. 4/10.
Attenzione gente, dallo spazio i Killer Klowns sono arrivati in città! Eccessivi e dalle trovate geniali occhio a non morire per le risate.
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How have I gone this long in my life without having seen this film? To make up for it, I'll have to slip it into the rotation at the next stoner movie marathon party I go to.
Omg this movie is so awesome ahaha what a classic horror film. Id say its a must watch if your a fan of classics
Pretty stupid, really. But the gags are pulled off reasonably well. And the clowns... well, the clowns are creepy as fuck. Does what it says on the tin.
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