Killer Klowns from Outer Space film review

When I started exploring the horror film genre, a family friend introduced to me to Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988). By the title alone, the film automatically gives away the cheesiness that lies within the film. Despite the cheesiness Killer Klowns from Outer Space is still one of my absolute favorite films and I always want to show the feature to my friends. Upon finding this on DVD for cheap the day after Christmas one year at Best Buy, I was beyond overjoyed! This was a film until then I had only known to be on VHS. I even remember running up to my father and bouncing up and down about my friend from pure excitement I had coursing through my veins at the time.

This movie was my childhood though! That might be weird for some people to accept, but its the truth. A weird joy comes out of watching this horror/Sci-Fi flick. I would compare it to watching Howard The Duck (1986). No one can really explain why anyone would want to watch it repeatedly, but the desire remains there all the same. Audiences are drawn to both enough that DVDs were released of both films. This is great for both myself and other fans of these cult classics.

The synopsis of Killer Klowns from Outer Space is a rather simple one. Killer aliens have come from outer-space to take over a small town. They slowly begin capturing and killing people, spinning them into cotton candy, or a balloon in some cases, so they can have them as their dinner later. When two of the younger people in town try to warn everyone no one believes them. Why would someone believe that a clown would kill anyone? Besides, they all have painted on smiles and all their so-called weapons are even clown-like!

Although practically no one believes the two youths, they proceed to team up with the only other two people in town who chooses to believe them and arm themselves with an ice cream truck and their own wits. Can these four people manage to save their town from being taken over by the alien invaders? One can only find out with an adventure into the fun house.

The acting is over the top, which makes the feature that much more delightful. After all, when someone is captured and spun into cotton candy as a form of death how serious can someone make a portrayal? I know I would have been laughing on set every time someone were to bring this up. This is probably why there is a good reason I would rather be behind the scenes instead of in front of a camera one day. To be able to bring any seriousness to this script is quite fantastic within itself. So despite the lack of seriousness, the fact that all the actors and actresses try must garner them an “A” for effort.

Overall, Killer Klowns from Outer Space will always provide me with some of my favorite cinematic killers. There is something warped and twisted about making such a statement, but that is the glory of this film in general! If one takes all their films far too serious then this is not the film for you. If a person wants to be able to sit back and laugh at the insanity that appears on screen every now and then this is the perfect film to do so at the end of the day. After all, slight spoiler alert, when a clown can make a T-Rex shadow puppet on the side of a wall to entertain folks before using the same shadow puppet to devour them that is entertainment!

This film certainly will not bore you. Killer Klowns from Outer Space will certainly keep one entertained to the point they will probably go out and find it in a five dollar bin somewhere. Embrace this guilty pleasure and just have fun for the evening. My only advice is finding something other than popcorn or cotton candy to eat during your trip this circus.

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  1. Actually, there is a real big point to Killer Klowns. It is literally a side by side remake of 1958’s The Blob. If you compare the two films, the majority of the timeline is spot on. It’s just wrapped in a different looking kind of wrapping.The movie is a homage/mock film to the entire Silver Age (50s – 60s) sci-fi/horror genre. Where real stupid and random things were being made monster films. It’s one of the deep seeded reasons Killer Klowns is such a good film that belongs on the shelves with Behind The Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon, Scream and Cabin in The Woods. It takes a genre and honors it with stupidity. Yet is still entertaining.

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    1. I honestly have never looked at it that way before! Of course I have never thought about it that way before either. I have to admit I now want to watch it again even more now than I did while I was writing the review. And that’s very true. The 50s and 60s was the prime time monster movies were people’s bread and butter. I love Killer Klowns. It has always been one of my favorites, but I definitely don’t think it gets the credit that it deserves that’s for sure. You’ve made me feel that way even more than I did before. Behind The Mask is underrated as well! That was one of my favorite finds when I worked at Blockbuster.

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      1. It’s a very underrated and misunderstood genre in my opinion. And there are so many levels to horror and nuances that people don’t want to understand. Though sometimes I think they just don’t want to explore it because they assume it’s all blood and guts. I think there’s always something to take away from most horror films.

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      2. It has always looked very interesting. I ran across it the other day and added it to my list of things to watch. I have to admit at first when you said that it made me think about the movie All the Boys Love Mandy Lane at first. Wee bit different there lol. I feel that way when my friend tells me she doesn’t like the original Halloween.

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      3. How do you hate Evil Dead 2?! I enjoy The Conjuring films but none of the sequels have been as good as the original. The original one is still the only one that has actually scared me. I’m still annoyed that The Nun was not even remotely scary. It had a lot of potential and they blew it.

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