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Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)

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

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Cast

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Michael S. Siegel ...
Rich Terenzi (as Michael Siegel)
Peter Licassi ...
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Bob McReed (as Chris Titus)
Irene Michaels ...
Karla Sue Krull ...
Aeron Macintyre ...
Punk #1 (as Brian Degan Scott)
Danny Kovacs ...
Punk #2
Adele Proom ...
Howard Malpas ...
Karen Raff ...
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Storyline

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 <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Alien bozos with an appetite for close encounters See more »

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Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi

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27 May 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Space Invaders  »

Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,657,329 (USA) (27 May 1988)

Gross:

$15,625,095 (USA) (22 July 1988)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The scene where Dave is shooting the clown in the police station the clowns left hand has blood on it from being in Mooney during the dummy scene and in other scenes when they are showing a close up in the shooting there's no blood on his hand See more »

Goofs

When the Klown is chasing the man in the car, he is supposedly floating in the air. In some shots, you can clearly see the black motorcycle carrying him in the air. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Curtis Mooney: Look at this son of a bitch.
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Connections

References A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Killer Klowns (From Outer Space)
Performed by The Dickies
Written by Leonard Graves Phillips (as Leonard Phillips)
Produced by Leonard Graves Phillips (as Leonard Phillips) and Ron Hitchcock
Courtesy of Enigma Entertainment Corporation
Published by El Porto Music (ASCAP)
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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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