Killer Klowns from Outer Space

Year: 1988
Directed By: Stephen Chiodo
Written By: Stephen, Edward, and Charles Chiodo


This movie has been in the collection for nearly as long as the collection has been in existence.  I bought it almost a decade ago at a really cheap price when DVDs weren’t sold at cheap prices.  I want to say I bought for five dollars around 2003, and for anybody that remembers, that was an incredibly low price at the time.  The title caught my attention and I figured it was worth that much just to give it a shot. My curiosity was immediately captured; the concept was just too interesting to pass up. Now to state the obvious, this is the kind of movie you have to go into knowing what it is or it’s wasted on you.  You have to appreciate this movie for how silly it is.  That’s what makes it a cult classic.

This movie is undoubtedly silly too.  These Killer Klowns came to Earth prepared to take over with cotton candy cocoons, popcorn that grows into monsters, balloon animal trackers, and a carnival tent shaped space ship at that. I don’t usually waste my time with stupid movies but often enough something campy just hits my funny bone just right. Everything is so cliché and that only added to the fun. I love Officer Mooney, who assumes that the whole town is involved in one big elaborate prank on him instead of realizing a situation has developed. I love Suzanne Snyder who is hot enough to overcome any lack of talent, and I love the Klowns specifically.

Personally, if aliens are eventually come here one day not to say “hey” but to kill and enslave us I am hoping it’s the Klowns.  I mean let’s face it; an aggressive alien invasion would be a pretty ugly thing all around.  Yet if those invaders are simply coming down and putting us in cotton candy cocoons before eating our liquefied remains I’m cool with it.  The victims in this film don’t seem to suffer any and I happen to like cotton candy quite a bit.  Seems like a good way to go out if you really take a step back and look at it reasonably.

One thing I would like to mention specifically about this movie is the music.  The soundtrack to this movie is awesome, I have no idea who is responsible for it but they really had something with that sound. The music for this movie does so much to add to the all the fun and I really like it.

As with all cult classics this is the kind of movie you are even going to love or hate.  It’s a short movie though with a running time of only 88 minutes and it’s not long enough to really be a waste of your time.  Give it a shot and I hope you find yourself laughing and enjoying it as I did when I watched it for the first time.


I still can’t believe that I can say that I have seen this movie. It’s so ridiculous, that I am finding it extremely hard to take the poster seriously. In any case, here we go…


I was ready to bash this poster, but it’s actually not that bad of a poster. I think it perfectly represents its era of design. The typography looks like the MS font, Mistral which is actually kind of perfect for this poster. You can tell it’s a clown without showing the whole damn scary-as-shit “klown.”   It’s a pretty cool poster, I have to admit.

NEXT MOVIE: Kindergarten Cop (1990)

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