Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)
8 out of 10
Fun and very well crafted sci-fi satire dealing with outer space
martians that resemble clowns and fly in a spaceship that resembles a
tent. They come to earth and start killing everybody and wrapping them up
in a cotton candy like cocoon. They store them in a freezer like room on
their spaceship and then when these cocoons become 'ripe' they stick a
into them and suck their blood.
It's all a very unique parody on clown culture and those old sci-fi
movies from the 50's. There are shades of INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS,
THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, WAR OF THE WORLDS, and THE BLOB just to
a few. In many ways this film is an improvement over those. Everything
fast paced with a very inventive mind set. It takes all those things that
were always considered harmless and childlike and then turns them into
threatening and scary things. The best one is the old balloon dog that
becomes a very vicious little beast.
The special effects are outstanding. For a low budget picture this
actually be the best you will find. The circus tent spaceship is
especially when it takes off at the end. The popcorn ray guns and the
shadow figure of a hungry tyranosarus are also good. You also have to
the clowns themselves. They have all the features of a regular clown, but
they are distorted and made to look genuinely frightening. Even there
bodies are misshapen and grotesque. You really start to feel that these
actual creatures and not people inside a costume.
The only real drawback is that it was made in the 80's and is
with some same poor traits of all those other cheap horror movies of that
era. The main one is having some very bland looking, bland acting teens
the stars. They seem to be almost cookie cutouts from all those other
flicks. It even starts out with the very cliched scene of having them
making out in their cars at some secluded, wooded area. Outside of the
clowns John Vernon has the only interesting part. He plays a hardened and
slightly corrupt cop who has seen it all and doesn't fall for anything.
is both edgy and funny and gives it some added spice. His death scene is
good (like most of the others) but it still would have been better had he
been the one to carry the picture.
Overall this is a very clever and creative picture. It is sure to
click with those that have a warped sense of humor.
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