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Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)

Aliens who look like clowns come from outer space and terrorize a small town.

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Stephen Chiodo
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After 30 years since their last invasion, the clowns once again try to take over earth. The humans must stop them.

Director: Stephen Chiodo
Stars: Grant Cramer
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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 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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Genres:

Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The $2 million budget went primarily on production costs. The clowns and visual effects were created almost entirely by the filmmakers at very little cost. See more »

Goofs

When the Ice Cream truck comes upon the Klown collection machine, the driver slams on the brakes and the passengers ice cream flies out of his hand, but there is no glass in the windshield so it flies out of the truck. See more »

Quotes

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

The version shown on TV doesn't include the biker's head being "knocked" off by the clown riding the bike and subsequently going into the garbage can. However, the TV version does include an extra scene not in the video that deals with Debbie telling Mike about her fear of clowns while they are in the spaceship for the first time. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Scream: The TV Series: Vacancy (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Sandals in the Sand
Written by John Shakespeare
Courtesy of Associated Production Music
Published by K.P.M. Music Ltd. (ASCAP)
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Thank you, MGM...
1 October 2001 | by TobySSee 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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