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.
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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.
"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…
This film can clearly be split in to two halves. The first half. Which is tediously boring, stupid and cliche. And then the second half which is fun, stupid, and still cliche but with better execution.
I love clowns. They chill me to the bone. And this movie had moments when i felt that. They were rare but the moments still existed. It film itself exists as an homage to 50's sci fi, as well as being a blatant product of the 80's. It even has its own 80's pop/rock song with the lyrics 'Killer Klowns from Outer Space'.
The characters are one of my biggest problems with the film. They're either stupid, annoying, or just plain boring. Lets start…
Maybe it's the nostalgia talking but this is one of the most enjoyably hokey horror-sci-fi-comedies of the 1980s.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Killer Klowns is a great "bad" movie. I can't think of much to hold against it, maybe the absurd plot, which will make most people dismiss it before even watching it. But everything else is well made, and the movie doesn't take itself so seriously, it's so much fun to watch.
The soundtrack is awesome, the special effects and acting are not bashful and awkward as you would expect in a movie like this. Plus, they're talking about killer clowns...and there is just SOMETHING unsettling about clowns that makes us shiver. My guess is that the paradox about clowns is what really scares us, on one side they may look harmless and like perfect pictures of joy and fun, but…
About as cheesy and fun as the title suggests.
Is it a crime to love a corny, predictable movie w/a ton of errors and low production value from the 80's? In this case, Hell No! I will never look @ cotton candy the same way again, and I don't care. To paraphrase Rick James, nostalgia's a hell of a drug . . .
Its rubbish but its rubbish in a great way. One of the first films that I ever rented on VHS so holds a wee special place in my heart. Its fun stuff and has some nice wee ideas in there.
My review/summary -- this horror/science-fiction film title gets a 60% approval from me simply because even though the storyline is extremely basic, meaning you can pretty much get the plot from the title of this project. The comedy/dark comedy references are indeed plentiful at least up to the 55 minute mark, where most of the comedy references are mostly based around sketch scene variety such as one of our alien riding a little three wheeler bicycle into the domain of this biker gang, the leader of this biker gang inquiring if he can ride the alien's tricycle and then smashing up the tricycle, consequently the evil alien puts on some boxing gloves and proceeds to punch the leader head clean…
Totally cult ! B classic ! A shiny gem of the 80's.
The Chiodo brothers shows us how an original idea, even without money, can make a great movie.
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