05 May 2012

Killer Klowns From Outer Space 1988 - REVIEW

What is not to love about Clowns from outer space that kill people and wrap them up into cotton candy cacoons?  Since I just watched this the other night and realizing I haven't reviewed this yet, I felt it was my duty to do so.  Being a landmark movie of my childhood and all.

Debbie (Suzanne Snyder) and her boyfriend Mike (Grant Kramer) are at makeout point with plenty of others doing what people go there to do, make out.  Suddenly, what looks something resembling a shooting star shoots across the sky.  Catching the attention of Debbie  and Mike they leave the point to check out were whatever that was landed.  What they come across is a huge circus tent right in the middle of nowhere.  Mike is eager to check it out while Debbie has her reservations about doing some exploring inside.  Mike gets his way and they check it out.  What they find is far from normal.  They stumble across a room that has huge hives of cotton candy only to discover that there are dead people inside of them.  One of the clowns sees them and recruits some others to chase them out of the tent, but not before shooting popcorn all over them.  "Popcorn? Why popcorn!"  As Mike and Debbie go to the police station to tell this crazy story, Mike finds out the police officer is Debbie's ex boyfriend Dave Hansen (John Allen Nelson).  This is the least of their problems. The Killer Klowns have proceeded to take over the city.  Its going to be a long night filled with popcorn, cotton candy, and the ugliest looking clowns you have ever seen.

The Chiodo Brothers really out did themselves with this one.  Being able to mix a fair amount of scary moments with plenty of laughs throughout the film.  Probably one of the better Horror Comedies of it's time.  That's alot to say considering the stiff competition it had with the Evil Dead, but contrary to what others think I enjoy this movie more.  The casting of this movie was superb!  The lead roles were cast just as they should have been.  One little known actor and also a little known actress who is quite attractive I might add.  Sure there or other low budget movies with better acting than this, but Klowns is so much fun to watch you really do not notice. 

As you can probably already tell I am a HUGE fan of this movie.  Being probably around 8 or 9 years old when I saw it.  I appeared on HBO I believe quite often for a long time and everytime it was on I was sure to sit down with some popcorn and watch the Klowns try and take over this city.  One of the other great things about this movie is the sountrack.  Its pretty horrible but in a good way.  In the 1980's you could make a terrible song and it would sound good because that's just how most of the music was at the time.  The opening credits with the theme song Killer Klowns is so bad it's good.  When this came out on DVD it was featured at Best Buy for 10.00 and at the time thats about all I could afford.  I'm quite sure I have watched this more than 20 times since I purchased it way about in 2001 or maybe it was 2002.  Well I don't remember exactly what year it was but it's been awhile.  Stay twisted everyone!

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