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Quick Daily Review #114: Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)

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Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)

Directors: The Chiodo Brothers

This is my wife’s favorite movie, so perhaps I should let her review it. Alright, never mind, she says that’s my job, but I will try to write this in her spirit, like one of those authors “writing in the style of…” whoever. The basic story here is all in the title, a group of circus clowns from outer space land in a sleepy little community and begin harvesting the local residents for their own energy consumption. They do this by bundling them up tight in big rolls of cocoon like cotton candy (don’t worry they also do in fact kill a few people as well). The only way this menace can be warded off is by the vigilance of a local group of teenagers including all your typical horror/sci fi clichés (including the beautiful heroine who will need rescuing later) who were the first to notice these bizarre interlopers. Some of my favorite scenes include a Paul Revere like ride through town using an Ice Cream Truck, and the way the Klowns die, which I will not spoil. This movie is the very definition of dark campy fun, and it delivers everything it promises to. The “Klowns” are both creepy and, as the wife insists I write, very cute. Although this is a cheap sleazy B-Movie, it is a very well shot one and the special effects and makeup are very creative and often times ingenious. There is so much 80s cornball goofiness to dig here such as the soundtrack, which for a while served as the wife’s ringtone. The cast is a hodge podge of mostly unknowns, that I did not recognize from any later work. The lone exception is John Vernon (the Dean from Animal House) who plays a cop here. I cannot improve upon what one reviewer from Rotten Tomatoes said about this film so I will close with that quote. “IT’S GOT CLOWNS! FROM OUTER SPACE! AND THEY’RE KILLING PEOPLE! What’s not to like?” (Brian McKay)

4stars

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