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Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)
USA / English
"It's Craaazy! "
Aliens who look like clowns come from outer space and terrorize a small town.
Grant Cramer Mike Tobacco
Suzanne Snyder Debbie Stone
John Allen Nelson Dave Hanson
John Vernon Curtis Mooney
Michael Siegel Rich Terenzi
Peter Licassi Paul Terenzi
Royal Dano Farmer Gene Green
Christopher Titus Bob McReed
Irene Michaels Stacy
Karla Sue Krull Tracy
Brian Degan Scott Punk #1
Danny Kovacs Punk #2
Adele Proom Mrs. Franco
Howard Malpas Mr. Myers
Karen Raff Mom #1
Director: Stephen Chiodo
Producer: Charles Chiodo,Edward Chiodo,Stephen Chiodo
Writer: Charles Chiodo,Edward Chiodo
Thoroughly Warped
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 circus 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 straw 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 name a few. In many ways this film is an improvement over those. Everything is 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 very threatening and scary things. The best one is the old balloon dog that here becomes a very vicious little beast.

The special effects are outstanding. For a low budget picture this may actually be the best you will find. The circus tent spaceship is impressive 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 love 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 are actual creatures and not people inside a costume.

The only real drawback is that it was made in the 80's and is embedded 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 as 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. He 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.

Seen it:Nej
Nr of disks/tapes:1
Storage device:Divx 5
Imdb rating: 5.3
Musician: John Massari
Running time: 90 min
Subtitles: inga
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Last modified: 2007-07-18 22:31:3