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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In the scene where the old man goes into his cabin to get a shovel you can see someone, possibly a crew member, in the doorway as he heads out. See more »


All the cars have New York plates, but on the street in front of the drug store has a California Highway 152 sign in a early scene. See more »


[first lines]
Curtis Mooney: Look at this son of a bitch.
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Thank you, MGM...
1 October 2001 | by (Atlanta) – See all my reviews

I just want to extend a BIG thank you to MGM! I haven't seen this movie in years, and have always wondered if it would ever make its way back to video.

If you can't tell what Killer Klowns From Outer Space is about by the title, then this movie isn't for you. The plot is so outrageous, that you need to be a serious Midnight Movie fanatic to enjoy it. It's only appropriate that MGM has issued the DVD under their Midnight Movie banner.

This is one fun movie. Not particularly scary, and not very gruesome, but hugely enjoyable. I've always been a little unsettled by clowns ("It" really did them in for me), and Killer Klowns should seal the deal. I've read a lot of reviews that compare Killer Klowns to the '50s "B" movies (especially the ones from American International Pictures), and I can say that I agree. Although, I can't even see AIP coming up with the concept of alien clowns overtaking a quiet town by sealing all it's residents up in cotton candy cocoons and shooting carnivorous popcorn from ray guns!

You'll be met with blank stares if you try and explain this film to anybody whose never seen it, so do yourself a favor. Pop a big bucket of popcorn, get yourself some cotton candy and sit your friends down in front of the TV and just let them take in Killer Klowns From Outer Space. Enjoy!

My grade: A+

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