Saturday, 13 October 2012

31 Days Of Horror - Day 13: Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988)


Aliens who look like clowns come from outer space and terrorize a small town.

After all the blood, guts and zombies over the last few days I decided to give my eyes and brain a rest and watch something fun yet still Horror related, so what better choice than "Killer Klowns From Outer Space"


A few of you maybe surprised that I'm reviewing this, well for those people I only have this to say: "YOU KNOW YOU LOVE IT TOO!". Yes I know many people consider this a guilty pleasure, well don't it's tons of fun and that's nothing to feel guilty about.

Yes this really is about a bunch of aliens who look like clowns who's ship crashes and then go on a killing spree in the nearby town. The film is as stupid as it sounds but that's it's charm, it doesn't take itself seriously (would you?) but still proceeds to tread in the sci-fi/horror genre whilst instilling the comedy aspects. Think of films like "The Blob" and "The Stuff" and you'll get the idea.


One of the films strong points is its effects, the kill scenes are fantastic (turning people into candy floss to take them back to their home planet for snacks) as silly as they are, are done brilliantly. Also the clowns look fantastic and can be genuinely creepy at times, for those who hate clowns you won't like these ones either but I have to admit that I love them.

"Killer Klowns From Outer Space" may not be a serious film but it pays great homage to the sci-fi films of the 50's and 60's, you can see it's inspiration in a-lot of scenes. There is word of a remake in 3D being made, I certainly hope it never gets made, it's not a cult classic for no reason and with heavily used C.G.I. it just wouldn't be the same.


"Killer Klowns From Outer Space" is very campy and very cheesy but it's so much fun and believe it or not some people found these clowns scarier than 'Pennywise'. Now stop reading, et some candy and have a blast! You know you want to.

If you want to see the "Killer Klowns From Outer Space" trailer then just click on the video below:


Miscellaneous facts about the film:
Director Stephen Chiodo had hoped the shower scene would rival Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece Psycho, substituting a toilet bowl swirl for the shower drain.

The $2 million budget went primarily on production costs. The clowns and visual effects were created almost entirely by the filmmakers at very little cost.

An early version of the restaurant scene was shot showing the Chiodo brothers sitting at a table in the background as extras.

The scene where a Klown rams a car off the road and kills the driver was originally intended to be an opening prologue to the film, and the driver was to be the character Joe Lombardo. For this prologue there was also a scene shot where Joe and his date are kissing on a deserted dark road and after his date rejects him, he angrily drives off alone only to meet his demise with the Klown. However when it was decided to have an opening credit sequence be seen first, the kissing rejection scene ended up on the cutting room floor, and the car crash scene was placed at a later point in the film with the driver not being Joe Lombardo. He ended up being the name of a dead person that Mike and Debbie discover wrapped up in a cotton candy cocoon in the final version. 

The scene in which a car is thrown over a cliff was initially intended to be far more spectacular - the car was to fly over the cliff and crash down to the ground. Unfortunately, the sling rope snapped because effects crew members neglected to remove the stoppers from underneath the car's wheels. The result was what is seen in the final film, the car slowly tumbles over the edge and becomes caught on a tree.

The tagline seen on the DVD box art says "In space, no one can eat ice cream". This is a play on words that pays homage to the tagline for the 1979 film Alien, which states "In space no one can hear you scream".

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