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Killer Klowns From Outer Space
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Directed By
Stephen Chiodo

Written By:
Stephen Chiodo, Charles Chiodo

Grant Cramer, Suzanne Snyder, John Allen Nelson, Royal Dano, John Vernon, Charles Chiodo

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Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988)
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Movie Review by Jarrod
April 26th, 2010

'Killer Klowns from Outer Space' is a horror-comedy classic; the title more or less describes the basic premise, aliens that look like clowns arrive in a spaceship that looks like a circus tent, and begin feasting on the residents of a small town.

Their first victim is an old farmer (Royal Dano) and his beloved bloodhound. Then comes curious couple Mike (Grant Cramer) and Debbie (Suzanne Snyder), who have a really close encounter and barely escape with their lives. They try to describe what they have seen to Debbie's former boyfriend, Dave (John Allen Nelson), one of only two cops on duty. The other is the misanthropic Mooney (the late, great John Vernon), who believes the whole thing is a prank, and repeatedly expresses his contempt for rich college kids and teenagers.

Mike's two friends, perpetually horny brothers Rich and Paul Terenzi are out in their ice cream truck when all hell breaks loose, and the clowns start wrapping people in cotton candy cocoons. Coulrophobes beware; the clowns in this movie are frightening in appearance, playful yet sinister, and the film toys with the perception of the friendly clown, stripping them of their novelty and turning them into monsters with sharp teeth and misshapen, grotesque bodies. Their laugh is unsettling. They kill using seemingly whimsical and absurd methods; carnivorous popcorn, shadow puppets, acidic pies, and balloon animals.

It works as a rather brilliant, and hugely enjoyable, sci-fi spoof, with inventive special effects and a variety of imaginative death sequences, none more amusing perhaps than the burly biker who literally gets his head knocked off. The flick is so consistently outrageous and ridiculous, and so cheerfully aware of this fact, that it becomes almost impossible to dislike. Cheesy dialogue and bland acting from everyone except Vernon, who delivers an absolutely wonderful and bitterly funny performance. A guaranteed good time.

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Mike Thomas
Apr 26, 2010 2:24 PM
I loved this movie! I particularly liked John Vernon's character, who to me was a mix of his "Dean Wormer" and "The Man" in I'M GONNA GIT YOU, SUCKA!, but on crack!

The clowns were uber-creepy - no wonder people are afraid of them!

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