Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi  |  27 May 1988 (USA)
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Aliens who look like clowns come from outer space and terrorize a small town.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael S. Siegel ...
Rich Terenzi (as Michael Siegel)
Peter Licassi ...
Bob McReed (as Chris Titus)
Irene Michaels ...
Karla Sue Krull ...
Brian Degan Scott ...
Punk #1
Danny Kovacs ...
Punk #2
Adele Proom ...
Howard Malpas ...
Karen Raff ...
Mom #1


When a small town is invaded by aliens from outer space who are capturing and killing the townspeople, no one takes them seriously. Why? The aliens all look like circus clowns, use weapons that look clown like, and all have painted on smiles. Only a few of the young people in the town realize the danger and of course no one believes them. Armed with an ice cream truck they try and rescue their friends. Written by John Vogel <>

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Release Date:

27 May 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Clowns asesinos  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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The scene in which a car is thrown over a cliff was initially intended to be far more spectacular - the car was to fly over the cliff and crash down to the ground. Unfortunately, the sling rope snapped because effects crew members neglected to remove the stoppers from underneath the car's wheels. The result was what is seen in the final film, the car slowly tumbles over the edge and becomes caught on a tree. See more »


After the Terenzi Brothers fall through the trap door and the others turn around to see them gone, Grant Cramer stumbles and almost trips over them. This is because the actors playing the Terenzi brothers only fell on the floor, not through it. See more »


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I know bad when I see it...
6 June 2005 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

I know bad when I see it. As a MST3K fanatic, I've seen the worst of the worst and loved every minute. I rented Killer Klowns thinking it would be so bad I'd groan and laugh the whole way through.

Gasp, Killer Klowns isn't bad at all- it's creative and funny. This movie doesn't take itself seriously, and that makes for fun time for everyone.

It's a contemporary monster movie with a 1950's Blob-ish feel. The Chiodo Bros. demented sense of humor, simple and coherent plot, kreepy-looking klowns and decent cast of actors makes for an entertaining Friday night movie.Pair this one up with The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra and you've got yourself a great double-feature.

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