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Killer Klowns from Outer Space -- One-of-a-kind alien invasion sci-fi featuring blood drinking alien clowns harvesting human victims in a small city.


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27 May 1988 (USA) See more »
It's Craaazy! See more »
Aliens who look like clowns come from outer space and terrorize a small town. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
Stephen Chiodo 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Charles Chiodo  writer
Edward Chiodo  uncredited
Stephen Chiodo  writer

Produced by
Charles Chiodo .... producer
Edward Chiodo .... producer
Stephen Chiodo .... producer
Paul Mason .... executive producer
J.J. Lichauco Pelman .... associate producer (as J.J. Lichuaco)
Christopher Roth .... associate producer (as Chris Roth)
Helen Szabo .... executive producer (as Helen Sarlui-Tucker)
Original Music by
John Massari 
Cinematography by
Alfred Taylor (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Christopher Roth  (as Chris Roth)
Casting by
Alana H. Lambros 
Ed Mitchell 
Production Design by
Charles Chiodo 
Art Direction by
Philip Dean Foreman 
Set Decoration by
Luana Speelman 
Costume Design by
Darcie F. Olson  (as Darcee Olson)
Makeup Department
Jon Thanos .... key hair stylist
Cheryl Voss .... assistant makeup artist
Kandace Westmore .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Mel A. Bishop .... executive production manager
Fima Noveck .... post-production supervisor
Fred Wardell .... unit production manager
Lisa Yesko .... production supervisor: TWE
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rocky Capella .... additional second unit director
Todd Corman .... second assistant director
Fred Wardell .... first assistant director
Art Department
Kim Bailey .... special props: Modelwerke's
Mark Barofsky .... assistant property master
Mitch Bryan .... special props: Modelwerke's
Tawny Capricio .... art department coordinator
Ed Church .... carpenter
Kevin Constant .... assistant art director
Ainslee Colt de Wolf .... property master (as Ainslee Colt Dewolf)
Derek DeVoe .... sculptor (as Derek Devoe)
Gimel Everett .... lead man
Gordon Forkert .... special props: Modelwerke's (as Gordon Forket)
Natti Hefner .... art department coordinator (as Netti Hefner)
James Kagel .... sculptor (as Jim Kagel)
Bruce Lau .... special props: Modelwerke's
Brett Leonard .... swing
Don Medina .... carpenter
Tim Reiter .... carpenter
Eugene P. Rizzardi .... special props: Modelwerke's (as Eugene Rizzardi)
Theresa Rizzardi .... special props: Modelwerke's
Karen Thompson .... special props: Modelwerke's
Anton Tremblay .... consultant: set design (as Tony Tremblay)
Katherine G. Vallin .... additional art director (as Katherine Vallin)
Jack Wiley .... construction coordinator
Sound Department
Kirk Baily .... sound coordinator
Kenneth R. Burton .... sound recordist
Jack Cheap .... sound editor
Chuck Cirino .... sound designer
Steve Cohen .... sound re-recording mixer
Craig C. Darian .... recording director
Dan Harville .... sound effects editor
John Hays .... boom operator
Paul Holzborn .... foley artist
Warren Kleiman .... adr mixer (as Warren Kleinman)
Patrick Moriarty .... sound mixer
Nancy Parker .... foley artist
Christopher Roth .... supervising sound editor (as Chris Roth)
Will Santa Cruz .... sound editor
Jackson Schwartz .... foley mixer
Garry Ulmer .... sound re-recording mixer
Don Wolf .... adr editor
Greg Yeager .... foley artist
Special Effects by
Tassilo Baur .... special effects coordinator
Charles Belardinelli .... special effects technician (as Charlie Belardinelli)
Lou Carlucci .... special effects foreman
Nancy Deturo .... fabricator: Klowns
Ans Ellis .... fabricator: Klowns
Deborah Galvez .... fabricator: Klowns
Bob McKee .... fabricator: Klowns
Ralph Miller .... fabricator: Klowns
Bart Mixon .... fabricator: giant Klown hand
Gilbert A. Mosko .... foam latex technician (as Gill Mosko)
Bradford Plows .... fabricator: Klowns
Mark Rappaport .... fabricator: Klowns
Dwight Roberts .... fabricator: Klowns
Sharon Roberts .... fabricator: Klowns
Robert Scott .... special effects technician (as Robert M. Scott)
Bill Sturgeon .... fabricator: Klowns
Joe Viskocil .... pyrotechnician (as Joseph Viskocil)
Gene Warren Jr. .... special effects supervisor: Fantasy II Film Effects
Mike Warren .... miniature special effects assistant
Greg R. Stone .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Tony Alderson .... optical effects
Robert D. Bailey .... matte camera operator (as Robert Bailey)
Betzy Bromberg .... optical effects
David Emerson .... optical effects
Michael Griffin .... assistant visual effects camera operator
Linda Henry .... optical effects
John Huneck .... visual effects camera operator
Leslie Huntley .... production supervisor: Fantasy II Film Effects
Frank H. Isaacs .... rotoscoping (as Frank Isaacs)
Mark Joyce .... model maker (as Mark W. Joyce)
Michael Joyce .... model shop foreman
Justin Kohn .... stop motion animator: additional effects
Candace Lewis .... rotoscoping (as Candy Lewis)
Bret Mixon .... rotoscoping
Gary Rhodaback .... model maker (as Gary Rhodback)
Mark Sullivan .... matte painter
Donna Tracy .... rotoscoping
Rocky Capella .... stunt coordinator
Greg Ferrando .... stunts
Tama Hutchison .... stunts
Kevin Larson .... stunts
Chuck Lyons .... stunts
Johnny Martin .... stunts
Mike Martinez .... stunts
Tim Meredith .... stunts (as Tim Merideth)
Camera and Electrical Department
Miles Anderson .... gaffer
William D. Barber .... camera operator (as Bill Barber)
Randall Bishop .... second assistant camera
James W. Brewer .... still photographer (as James Brewer)
Bill Brocias .... key grip (as Bill Brocious)
Jeff Buchanan .... best boy electric (as Jeff D. Buchanan)
Chris Chomyn .... electrician (as Christopher Comyn)
Sandra England .... electrician
Kelly Flood .... grip
Jarn Heil .... rigger: Klown Hand and Klown Kar
Fran Hughes .... best boy grip
John Huneck .... additional photographer
Jerry Lane .... first assistant camera
Andy Rosen .... still photographer
MacKenzie Waggaman .... additional photographer (as Mackenzie Waggaman)
Robert A. Williamson .... electrician
David Yule .... dolly grip
Aaron Zajac .... electrician (as Aaron J. Zajac)
Casting Department
Judith Bouley .... casting: Santa Cruz (as Judy Bouley)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lori Avalos .... set costumer
C. Cracko .... costume construction
Monique Dautzenberg .... costume construction
Sonja Finch .... costume construction
Barbara Kennedy .... costume construction
Mari-Aala Muelas .... costume construction
Donalee Nelson .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Robert Fong .... assistant editor
Dale E. Grahn .... color timer
Jeanne Robinson .... second assistant editor
Will Santa Cruz .... assistant editor
Music Department
Mark Coffin .... scoring engineer
Bob Hunka .... music supervisor
A. David Marshall .... music editor
Transportation Department
Michael Carpenter .... driver
Bob Green .... driver: production van
Paul Hegg .... driver
Jay Kennedy .... transportation coordinator
Cliff Martin .... driver: honeywagon
John Ramirez .... driver
Ron Stafford .... transportation captain
Other crew
Loretta Abata .... production auditor
Jeff Barnes .... production assistant
Suzy Beugen .... production coordinator (as Suzy L. Beugen)
Linda Chiodo .... secretary to producers
Skip Clarke .... set production assistant
Craig Comstock .... stand-in
Bill Davis .... caterer (as Chef Bill Davis)
Archer Goodman .... location consultant
Kirk Gray .... stand-in
Brian Hutchison .... stand-in
John Joyce .... production assistant: effects unit (as Johnny Joyce)
Kenny Kaplan .... craft service
Brandee Lane .... stand-in
Ellen Lent .... location manager (as Ellen Winchell)
Gary Moyer .... office production assistant
Jere Newton .... production secretary
David Nichols .... dialogue developer: Klown dialect
Bonnie Piccolo .... assistant auditor
Dana Pink .... stand-in (as Dayna Pink)
Bradford Plows .... set production assistant
Heather Pumphrey .... production assistant: effects unit
John Ross .... programmer: fairlights
Steve Shibuya .... production assistant: effects unit (as Steven Shibuya)
Christopher Warren .... production assistant: effects unit (as Christopher Lee Warren)
Jon Warren .... production assistant: effects unit
Michael Warren .... production assistant: effects unit
Sharon 'Mae' West .... script supervisor (as S. Mae West)
Rik Converse .... production assistant (uncredited)
Curtis Beck .... special thanks
Fred Fuchs .... special thanks
Karen Ludwig .... special thanks: Allied Product Placement Company

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Also Known As:
88 min | Argentina:90 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:14A | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 (2010) (self applied) | France:-12 (TV rating) | Germany:18 | Iceland:16 | Singapore:PG | UK:15 | USA:PG-13 (certificate #28817)

Did You Know?

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 »
Crew or equipment visible: When the farmer goes in his house to get supplies, the prop master is visible inside the doorway as he exits.See more »
[first lines]
Curtis Mooney:Look at this son of a bitch.
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Movie Connections:
References The Wizard of Oz (1939)See more »
Pop Goes the WeaselSee more »


Why did the Klowns put debbie and the other women into giant balloons?
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20 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
A bunch of aliens clowning around, 10 April 2006
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

When it comes to silly movies, they don't get much sillier than this one. The title says it all, and its clear going into a movie called 'Killer Klowns from Outer Space' that you're not exactly going to be in for a serious ride. To be honest, I can't say I was overly enthused with this Sci-Fi spoof, but it's not hard to see why it's got a cult following. The film takes in the idea of clowns being eerie and frightening, and fuses it with the common theme of aliens coming down from space; thus giving us aliens that look like clowns. For what it is, the film is actually quite inventive; and while much of the action is clichéd and/or samey, it's the little things that ensure it doesn't get boring. As mentioned, the plot follows aliens from space that look like clowns. When their spaceship (a tent) lands in the forest, two kids rush to the police headquarters to tell the law that their town is being invaded. If someone gave me that story, I'd definitely believe it; but the law in this town is slightly more sceptical, and while the kids aren't being believed; the clown population is growing.

One thing I do like about this movie is the special effects. Rather than simply having the clowns being played by men in make-up and baggy clothes, director Stephen Chiodo has opted to make actual suits for the villains. The special effects are a lot like those seen in Tim Burton's Beetlejuice in the same year, and bode well with this absurd plot line. The style of the movie is consistently clown themed, and parts of the film such as the climax on the alien spaceship look great. The acting is typical B-movie, but the movie does benefit from several good performers. The young cast perform well enough with energetic performances that, like the rest of the movie, aren't delivered too seriously; but the standout is veteran actor John Vernon, who is great in the role of the sceptic police officer. The 'horror' in this movie is hardly potent, as much of it is sapped out because of the fact that it's all a big joke - but ideas such as people being cocooned in candy floss or eaten up by a shadow puppet are surreally frightening. Overall, this isn't a favourite of mine; but it offers ninety minutes of good fun and there's no real reason to hate it.

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