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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.

Director:

Stephen Chiodo
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Grant Cramer ... Mike Tobacco
Suzanne Snyder ... Debbie Stone
John Allen Nelson ... Dave Hansen
John Vernon ... Curtis Mooney
Michael S. Siegel ... Rich Terenzi (as Michael Siegel)
Peter Licassi ... Paul Terenzi
Royal Dano ... Farmer Gene Green
Christopher Titus ... Bob McReed (as Chris Titus)
Irene Michaels Irene Michaels ... Stacy
Karla Sue Krull Karla Sue Krull ... Tracy
Aeron Macintyre Aeron Macintyre ... Punk #1 (as Brian Degan Scott)
Danny Kovacs Danny Kovacs ... Punk #2
Adele Proom Adele Proom ... Mrs. Franco
Howard Malpas Howard Malpas ... Mr. Myers
Karen Raff Karen Raff ... Mom #1
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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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Taglines:

big top ... big shoes ... big teeth!! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 May 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Killer Klowns See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,657,329, 27 May 1988, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$15,625,095, 22 July 1988

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$43,625,095, 28 October 1988
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »

Quotes

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

Also in the Cable version is a scene where Dave, Debbie, and Mike walk on a tight rope and end up in a room with lots of doors, only to get ambushed by Klowns. This scene and the scene where Debbie tells Mike about her fear of clowns are in the DVD version as well. See more »

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Send in the clowns, don't bother they're here
10 October 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I was really prepared to trash this film and while Killer Klowns From Outer Space is hardly Citizen Kane it's actually a pretty fair satire of these science fiction films so popular in the 50s about alien invasion.

A spaceship lands and it looks like a circus tent. The aliens landing look like circus clowns and their weapons look like burlesque type weapons. They start reeking havoc on the nearby small town before anyone really notices.

The purpose it looks like was to replenish the food supply as they zap humans and kill them with the bodies stored for preservation in these cocoons made out of a cotton candy like substance. They must have seen and memorized the Kelvin cookbook on how to serve man.

John Allen Nelson and girlfriend Suzanne Snyder are the first to discover them and live and they go to Deputy Sheriff Grant Cramer who is Snyder's former boyfriend for help. Later on they rope in these two ding-a-lings who have an ice cream truck the Tirenzi Brothers. These two make Bill and Ted look as sophisticated as Noel Coward.

Royal Dano as a farmer and John Vernon as another sheriff's deputy have roles that you can see these two are enjoying overacting to the hilt. Their encounter with the clowns end badly, but are funny as all get out.

Killer Klowns From Outer Space has a dopey infectious charm to it just like the Bill&Ted films. I don't think one can help but like it.


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