HOME |  JOIN |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Mercy, The
Kickboxer: Retaliation
Molly Maguires, The
Party, The
Dante's Peak
Housemaid, The
Vendetta
Brimstone
Boys in the Trees
Once Were Warriors
Red Planet Mars
Blade Runner 2049
Devil's Express
Belko Experiment, The
Flashback
War of the Arrows
One-Trick Pony
Cloverfield Paradox, The
Beach Rats
In Between
Flesh Feast
Gerald's Game
Crocodile Dundee II
Baaghi
Bat People, The
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Tower
Message from the King
Street Smart
Mountain
   
 
Newest Articles
The House, Black Magic and an Oily Maniac: 3 from 70s Weird Asia
80s Meet Cute: Something Wild vs Into the Night
Interview with The Unseen Director Gary Sinyor
Wrong Forgotten: Is Troll 2 Still a Thing?
Apocalypse 80s UK: Threads and When the Wind Blows
Movie Flop to Triumphant TV Revival: Twin Peaks and The League of Gentlemen
Driving Force: The Golden Age of American Car Chases
Madness in his Method: Jim Carrey and Andy Kaufman
Music, Love and Flowers: Monterey Pop on Blu-ray
The Melville Mood: His Final Two Films on The Melville Collection Blu-ray
   
 
  Killer Klowns from Outer Space Unfair FunfairBuy this film here.
Year: 1988
Director: Stephen Chiodo
Stars: Grant Cramer, Suzanne Snyder, John Allen Nelson, John Vernon, Michael Siegel, Peter Licassi, Royal Dano, Chris Titus
Genre: Horror, Comedy, Science Fiction
Rating:  7 (from 5 votes)
Review: One night a couple of small town teenagers spy a shooting star over the local lovers' lane. Debbie (Suzanne Snyder) encourages Mike (Grant Cramer) to investigate, and they discover not a meteorite, but a huge circus tent. Thus begins a night of terror for the townsfolk, as killer klowns from outer space invade, kidnapping them to satisfy their thirst for blood...

Clowns, eh? Are they funny? Many are of the opinion that they are pretty scary. Others think they are just plain evil, and it is for those people this film was made. When you look at the evil clowns of popular fiction, I suppose Pennywise from Stephen King's novel It really stands out, but he just turned into werewolves and stuff, the Killer Klowns here mine the rich vein of inspiration for clown-based horror.

The creation of the Chiodo brothers, with Stephen, Edward and Charles taking care of many aspects of the production, this silly, spoofy effort is like a cross between the Blob remake and Gremlins (fittingly, as the Chioda brothers designed the Critters). There's no real plot, it's simply a succession of black comedy sketches featuring various novelty death scenes, and the acting from the younger members of the cast suggests they had difficulty taking it seriously.

But how convincing can you be when faced with all this evil clown humour? The villains wrap their victims in "cotton candy" and take them back to their space ship, all the while utilising balloon animals, hand puppets, popcorn, custard pies - you get the idea. Of course, the police don't believe the kids, and all the while civilians are eaten by shadow animals, have their blocks knocked off or, as happens to the heroine so she is still alive at the end of the movie, trapped in a giant balloon.

Are these clowns scary? Not really, they're daft, wicked, well designed, but not particularly menacing. Having a film full of evil clowns is a good idea, but not enough happens here to justify a whole eighty-five minutes worth of mayhem. Perhaps they should have toned down the tired eighties horror comedy and gone for straight horror (see unfunny the comic relief brothers). Still, it does have a certain, um, integrity in its bizarre logic. Music by John Massari, and the theme song is performed by the Dickies.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 12498 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 

Stephen Chiodo  (19?? - )

American special effects artist who usually works with his brothers Charles and Edward. Films containing their craftsmanship include The Sword and the Sorcerer, Critters and Freaked, but the only film Stephen has directed is the brothers' Killer Klowns from Outer Space.

 
Review Comments (1)
Posted by:
Date:
26 Feb 2004
  Nah, Sorry. I don't entirely agree with the above. This is, for me, a very funny film, which, at times verges on panto in it's humour ("What are you doing with those pies, boys?") It's a film which celebrates it's cheap and cheerful approach by taking the piss out of the audience with countless genuinely funny sight gags and wonderfully daft acting. Everyone looks like they had a scream making this film, and we're all invited to join in the fun. I loved it.
       


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Who's the best?
Robin Askwith
Mark Wahlberg
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Enoch Sneed
Graeme Clark
Paul Smith
Darren Jones
Jason Cook
  Andrew Irvine
Ian Phillips
Paul Shrimpton
   

 

Last Updated: