While cuddling up under the moonlight, Mike(Grant Cramer) and Deb(Suzanne Snyder) get a glimpse of what could be a falling comet. While investigating the site where it landed or crashed, the couple come upon a circus tent. They soon learn that there are clowns using some type of ray guns killing people. The two run to the police department seeking help, and the clowns soon invade the town killing whoever crosses their path.-summary
Killer Klowns From Outer Space... Yes folks, it's every bit as stupid as it sounds and then some. But I see why people like it; it's a terrible movie and it's not ashamed about it at all. The movie revels in its sheer absurdity, and it tries its best to outdo each and every last ridiculous moment with something even more bizarre. This is not a movie for everyone, and in all honesty, this is by far the most annoying movie I have ever sat through in my life. I was physically aggravated the entire duration.
Released in 1988 and directed by Stephen Chiodo, the movie was clearly meant for a specific audience; those who truly love horror comedy. The horror comedy genre is something that I take with a grain of salt. There's a few out there that I actually enjoy, but this movie isn't, and can never be one of them. The characters are incredibly goofy with cheesy dialogue to boot. There are corny lines galore here, and a lot of the jokes can be spotted early if you invested a lot of your time in cartoons. I mean seriously, who couldn't catch the dog and T-Rex thing?
The characters(clowns included) are annoying on purpose, more than likely, you will hate them. They embody everything that has something to do with stupidity: the big red button that sticks out like a roach in milk? Yeah, someone presses that. A pint sized clown with boxing gloves on? Yeah, he knocks someones block off. The stupidity just goes on ad infinitum.
The acting is pretty pathetic with just about everything being over-exaggerated, and I do understand that's the point, but it's just not my thing. The only character who brought a smile to my face every time was Officer Mooney, played by the late great John Vernon. Although his role was pretty small, he was still awesome with his smug attitude and potty mouth.
Killer Klowns From Outer Space is a movie that I obviously detest, but I will give credit where it's due. The movie is bad, I mean very bad, but it deserves some accolades for its boldness. The creators knew it was going to be horrible, and they attempted to go all out. There's a small amount of creativity to be found. These clowns have their arsenal of killer practical jokes, that will catch many folks by surprise and they are effective, but The Joker of Batman they ain't.
The plot moves at a very steady pace and things are constantly happening. The viewer will be treated to numerous segments of the clowns rampage. They go door to door causing havoc, and the protagonist take the backseat for them. The production team clearly had a ball putting this together and it shows. Unfortunately, I wasn't the least bit entertained suffering through this.
The special effects are of course cheap with a high camp value. There's a small amount of gore here. The make up for the clowns gives them a rather frightful look, with their deformed looking faces and horrendous teeth, but they never appealed to me though. Although I didn't care for it; the soundtrack is perfect, and this is one of those occasions where it blends with the setting and the tone of the movie without failure.
I clearly wasn't the target audience for this, at least, that's what I would like to think. However, even fans recognize it as being awful but they still like it. So I guess I'm not wrong when I say it's awful. Also, this was my third crack at the movie. I never made it to the 10 minute mark until last night, after owning this since last year. In closing, if I want to be entertained by a sick and twisted clown, then I'll pick up a Batman Comic.
Pros: -Creative and bold -Pacing
Cons: -Tries way too hard to be cult -Lousy and awful all around
Make no mistake, the Chiodo Brothers‘ “Killer Klowns From Outer Space” (1988) is pure camp and a cheesy good time. The film channels the fears of “clowns” and does it in a very comedic and low-budget fashion. The title says it all, and anyone who would take this movie seriously would be making a mistake. Oftentimes silly, the film is not a movie for everyone but is recommended to those who would like to experience a straight-up good time of comedy-horror! … more