Killer Klowns from Outer Space

“Killer Klowns from Outer Space,” released in 1988 by the Chiodo brothers, has to be one of my all time favorite b movies, and is rightfully considered a cult classic. It’s a great example of how a movie that’s probably bad in the eyes of serious critics is wholly enjoyable for those who can look beyond shortcomings. The great thing, though, is that its shortcomings can actually be considered strengths.

At the meat of it, the movie is about a group of aliens who resemble clowns who come to Earth from some distant, unknown planet in order to feed on the innards of humans by drinking ’em with a crazy straw. Sounds great, right? It gets even better. To aid them in their quest for human juices they employ several silly weapons, like a raygun that resembles a toddler’s toy which zaps people into a cotton candy cocoon, another gun that fires popcorn which eventually grow into these ridiculous things that look like a clown head on a multicolored spine, and pies that are capable of melting human flesh. Oh hell yeah.

While foolin’ around at a place called “The Top of the World,” which is just your typical teen movie makeout spot, Mike Tobacco (Grant Cramer) and Debbie Stone (Suzanne Snyder) notice something that looks like a comet rocketing through the sky. Debbie convinces Mike to go find where it landed, and off they go. Upon arriving, they’re shocked to discover that instead of a crater sits a random circus tent. They go inside and notice several odd things, one being a massive room that “looks like a nuclear reactor,” and another room that houses cotton candy-like cocoons which contain the bodies of people.

Obviously fucked up from this sight, they run to get the help of Debbie’s ex-boyfriend, Dave (John Allen Nelson), who is now a cop. The three of them then try to figure out just what exactly is going on while simultaneously trying to stay alive. On an odd take of Romero’s “headshot zombies to kill them” rule, the clowns can only be killed by shooting them in their red rubber noses. And apparently they can only be killed by Dave, as he’s the only one in the movie to kill any clowns at all. Once the clowns start harrassing and kidnapping the town’s citizens, it’s time to put an end to it. One classic abduction scene involves clowns delivering pizza to a lady’s house, but, little does she know, there’s a small clown in the pizza box ready to pop out and make her into a cotton candy cocoon.

Soon afterwards she will have her insides drank by way of a crazy straw.

All in all, “Killer Klowns from Outer Space” is one tongue-in-cheek b movie that fans shouldn’t be without. The soundtrack sounds like it was done by a 14 year old who runs a Dragonball Z fansite on Angelfire, which is almost necessary in a b movie of this sort. It has the cheesy 80s dialogue, it has goofy kills, it’s got stereotypical teenage characters (like the idiot Terenzi brothers), it has an absurd premise that’ll make you laugh even without seeing the movie, and, last but not least, it delivers.

Those ICP juggalo nerds got nothin’ on these cats.

Leisure Suit Larry

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~ by exploitnation on May 16, 2008.

3 Responses to “Killer Klowns from Outer Space”

  1. this one of my favorite movies ever. before DVD hit the market, i had to buy an OOP VHS on eBay for 50 bucks. So worth it though.

    I have a drinking came for this movie too.

    1.) anytime debbie fucking says “cuh-coonz!!!”
    2.) anytime Mike and Dave have a oddly homo-erotic moment
    3.) anytime Mooney overdoes the bad cop routine

    annnnnnnd……..shit i forget the rest. fuck me in the mouth, right?

  2. shit, i forgot to log in as exploitnation when i posted that. fuck me in the mouth again, RIGHT!?

  3. As to the KKFOS drinking game, you could also do a shot everytime Mike says “ANOTHER DOOR?!” You’d end up doing like five back-to-back shots. If the liquor is Everclear, you’d probably be wasted, and in style too.

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