Killer Klowns from Outer Space

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

Release Year: 1988

Rating: 5.7/10 (11,673 voted)

Director: Stephen Chiodo

Stars: Grant Cramer, Suzanne Snyder, John Allen Nelson

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.

Writers: Charles Chiodo, Edward Chiodo

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

Taglines: Horrific Harlequins with an appetite for close encounters!

Release Date: 27 May 1988

Filming Locations: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $2,000,000 (estimated)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Argentina:

Did You Know?

Horrorcore rap group, the Insane Clown Posse often sample quotes from this film in their music, most notably on their "The Wraith: Shangri-La" album.

Crew or equipment visible: In the bathroom scene when the clown comes out of the toilet to attack Debbie, you can see the arm of a crew member operating the puppet

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

User Review

Seriously deranged cult-stuff!

Rating: 7/10

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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