August 15, 2004

Killer Klowns from Outer Space

Clowns arrive on Earth in a giant big top tent and proceed to kill everybody in a small town by shooting them with popcorn and encasing them in cotton candy. This movie is hilarious. I love it. A grade b CLASSIC if ever there was one. This is supposed to be horror I guess since the clowns are killing everybody but really it's a comedy. There are several funny lines. The acting is certainly grade b. The Chiodo brothers, whoever they are, talked somebody out of some financing to do a drive-in movie and they created a true work of campy art.

The clowns are a really special piece of costuming work. They aren't costumes, they are sculptures. Even though clowns are supposed to be funny entertainment, many people have been frightened by them during their early years and this childhood impression has carried over into adulthood. I think the Chiodos might be in this group. These clowns are really scary monsters with big teeth and menacing expressions. The cotton candy pods are reminiscent of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Maybe this movie would be good therapy for those with clown-o-phobia.

The set designers had a great time too, with the final scene in the funhouse. The writers really took the circus clown metaphor as far as they could take it with the cotton candy, the funhouse, the clown pantomime that the monsters use, the popcorn guns, and especially the one weak spot that the monster-clowns have, which the handsome young local policeman discovers.

The film could have used the T&A that generally comes with B slasher movies. There is a cute chick but the shower scene is very lacking in titillation.

Killer Klowns from Outer Space is brilliant in many ways. Mainly it's brilliant because you know the producers, actors and everybody involved had a blast making it, and got paid for having fun. Ya gotta love that. Ya gotta love the tagine too: "In Space No One Can Eat Ice Cream!"

Wayne says, "Check it out!" (It's showing a few more times on Flix this month.)

Holy Shit! A little net research on the movie indicates that there might be a sequel coming! Killer Klowns from Outer Space II.

Posted by Wayne at August 15, 2004 12:47 PM
Comments

Hi! Stephen Chiodo
Thank you for making this hilarious movie called Killer Klowns From Outer Space. I Love this movie. The klowns were fantastic and and horrible. I like that part when klowns deliver pizzas in Debbie's house. There popcorns guns are cool. Where did you get those guns and fantastic costumes from. Send to me
Your sincearly
Angad Paul

Posted by: Angad Paul at November 17, 2004 11:30 PM

this was the best movie i ever saw!!
you should make part two the "return."

Posted by: SAM at January 21, 2005 02:24 PM
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