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

Genres:

Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The iconic Killer Klowns March was originally written by John Massari for his high school rock band, Crisis. The band members did not like it because the notes of the song spelled out an F major 7th chord which they felt sounded too much like Jazz. See more »

Goofs

In the bathroom scene when the Klown comes out of the toilet to attack Debbie, you can see the arm of a crew member operating the puppet. See more »

Quotes

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

Film was released in 1988, but the ending credits claim copyright 1987 See more »

Alternate Versions

In the TV version before the puppet show the guy throws his popcorn bag over his head which is then tossed back at him. This is the reason he heads up to the puppet show. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Dead Silence (2007) See more »

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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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Seriously deranged cult-stuff!
5 May 2005 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

Yes, this movie really does handle about evil aliens, shaped like clowns, that strand near a remote American village. Their circus tent mysteriously appears in the woods after a meteorite crash and the klowns (yes, with a "k") go on a rampage in the village to turn people into cotton-candy with their funky armory. Their mission is to take the human snacks back to their planet but a team of local dummies makes a counter-attack in their ice cream-truck! This movie unquestionably has the most absurd premise in cinema ever and you either love it or downgrade it as being a ridiculous piece of trash. I am a great fan of this campy horror-comedy flick and I can't possibly say anything negative about it. My best defense for this movie would be that it is an ingenious and successful attempt to parody and homage the 50's and early 60's SF classics in which paranoid people witnessed alien-invasions from all over the universe. But actually, the silliness of this movie doesn't require justification at all. It feels like the idea started out as a joke between 3 brothers and eventually it resulted in a long-feature film. The acting isn't very impressive (apart from veteran actor John Vernon in a great 'angry old copper'-role) and the dialogues are unimaginably dumb. On the other hand, the clown-costumes are terrific and the least you can say about the plot-twists is that they're creative (a Godzilla-clown, anyone??). So, in case you have only the tiniest sense of morbid humor in you, I strongly recommend tracking down this "Killer Klowns from Outer Space". It will, without a doubt, be one the most bizarre film projects you ever laid eyes on.


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Language:

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Release Date:

27 May 1988 (USA) See more »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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