When this writer was beginning to explore the horror film genre, a friend of the family introduced to me to Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988). By the title alone, the film automatically gives away how cheesy the film is overall. With this said, Killer Klowns from Outer Space is still one of my absolute favorite films and I always want to show the feature to my friends. In fact, upon finding this on DVD for cheap the day after Christmas one year at Best Buy, I was beyond overjoyed! This was a film up until then I had only known to be on VHS. This writer even remembers running up to my father and bouncing about in front of him with the pure excitement I had coursing through my veins at the time. If one is being honest, this is probably not the film that should make someone overjoyed enough to find whomever they are shopping with in the store just to show them. This movie in many ways is a part of my childhood though all the same. That might be weird for some people to accept, but this is the truth of the matter for myself. There is some weird joy out of being able to enjoy this horror/Sci-Fi flick. In fact, this writer would compare it to watching Howard The Duck (1986). No one can really explain why anyone would want to watch it over and over again, but the desire remains there all the same. Despite this fact, audiences are drawn to both enough that they both were released on DVD. So they obviously have enough of a cult status to be produced on DVD, which is great for all the fans of the film.
The synopsis of Killer Klowns from Outer Space is a rather simple one. Killer aliens have come from outerspace to take over the small town. They slowly begin capturing and killing people, spinning them into cotton candy so they can have them as their dinner later. When two of the younger people in town try to warn everyone no one believes them. Why would someone believe that a clown would kill anyone? Besides, they all have painted on smiles and all of their so-called weapons are even clown-like! Despite the fact that practically no one will believe the two youths, they proceed to team up with the only other two people in town who chooses to believe them. Armed with an ice cream truck and their own wits, can these four people manage to save their town from being completely taken over by the alien invaders? Only an adventure into the funhouse will be able to tell. With all this being said, one can just imagine how amazing the acting is within this feature. Plus note the sarcasm on the word amazing here. This is part of why I love the film though all the same. After all, when one is being captured and spun into cotton candy as a form of death how serious can someone make a portrayal? This writer personally would have been laughing on set every time someone were to bring this up. This is probably why there is a good reason this writer would rather be behind the scenes instead of in front of a camera one day. To be able to bring any type of seriouness to this script is quite fantastic within itself. So despite the lack of seriousness, the fact that all the actors and actresses try must garner them an “A” for effort.
Overall, Killer Klowns from Outer Space is probably always going to be a feature that gets looked down upon. These killer clowns will always be some of my favorite killers in cinema history. There is something warped and twisted about making such a statement, but that is the glory of this film in general! If one takes all their films far too serious then this is not the film for you. If a person wants to be able to sit back and laugh at the insanity that appears on screen every now and then this is the perfect film to do so at the end of the day. After all, slight spoiler alert, when a clown can make a T-Rex shadow puppet on the side of a wall to entertain folks before using the same shadow puppet to devour them that is entertainment! This writer is not saying that is entertainment at its finest, but this film certainly will not bore a person. In fact, Killer Klowns from Outer Space will certainly keep one entertained to the point they will probably go out and find it in a five dollar bin somewhere. And if this is the case, this writer personally could not blame them for doing so. Embrace this guilty pleasure and just have fun for the evening. My advice? Just don’t eat cotton candy during the feature, which would just make the night even more strange.
If you are interesting in renting Killer Klowns from Outer Space, make sure to check out this title through your local Austell Blockbuster, Videodrome, Movies Worth Seeing, Netflix, or movie channels based upon your cable or satellite provider around Halloween. To purchase any Blu-rays or DVDs mentioned in this review please check out your local Austell Best Buy, Walmart, Target, or Kmart.