Title: Killer Klowns from Outer Space

Also known as:
Les clowns tueurs venus d'ailleurs (France)
Space Invaders (Hungary / West Germany)

Year: 1988

Genre: Comedy / Horror / Sci-Fi

Language: English

Runtime: 88 min

Director: Stephen Chiodo

Writer: Charles Chiodo, Edward Chiodo & Stephen Chiodo

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095444/

What was that thing that crashed into Earth when a couple were on a date up on the make-out hill? It was an intergalactic circus, of course! The couple go to investigate the strange crashsite and find a big circus tent, but it's not a place to take your kids. In the tent they find humans wrapped in cotton candy and insane clowns chasing them with popcorn guns. It doesn't take long before the clowns have invaded the town and there is no stop in sight!

Our thoughts:
I can't remember how many times I saw this as a little kid. Some days I went through it 2 - 3 times in a row and I am still to this day not sick of it. Maybe that's because I haven't watched it as much lately as I did back then, but it's also because "Killer Klowns from Outer Space" takes the awful killer clown movies to a different height. It's no doubt the best one around and is one of the most entertaining horror/comedy mixes from the late 80's. A real classic, to say the least.

The story is just as outrageous as a movie about.. killer clowns from outer space should be. They land in a huge circus tent in the woods outside of a small town. Two locals, a couple, happen to see the crash when they were on a date out at the local make-out spot and takes it upon themselves to check it out. As they enter the huge tent that they find in the middle of the woods where the meteor crashed, they find that it's even bigger than it appears from the outside. In fact, it's enormous. And deadly. Soon they meet these lovely clowns who do everything they can to catch them to make cotton candy cocoons of off them. They bring out the big guns - popcorn guns and balloon bloodhounds. The couple manages to escape the horrifying clowns and try to get help from the police. But you kinda know how well that's gonna go, don't you? Who is gonna trust two teens when they say they were chased by killer clowns from outer space? If only... Soon the town in invaded by these suckers.

The special effects are actually really good in this film, and it's part of what makes this film so great. The clown literally look insane. And cute... Instead of being just your standard make-up clowns or awful masks, it's full body special effects, with gnarly teeth, huge heads and off-shaped bodies. However, it's sort of a children friendly horror movie, with no nudity and little gore. This is one small complaint, the violence. But who really needs it here? Sure, it could've made a great movie amazing to use more gore, but I'm not gonna blame it for skipping it. Instead it works as a great movie for a young horror-starter.

However, the comedy in the movie could be considered really dry. The jokes are really hit or miss, but I suppose you can't expect a movie like this to use the most intelligent comedy out there. Itprobably works alot better with the more obvious ones.

"Killer Klowns from Outer Space" is just an light-hearted film taking a mock out of the horror films of the 80's without being too obvious about it. It's funny, entertaining, fairly unique, but not perfect by any means. There are times that drags, and some jokes fall flat, but I would still recommend this film (if anyone hasn't seen it yet) to any fan of light horror, 80's horror or, well, clowns! You really can't hate the movie, so you probably won't regret checking into it. If all else fails, show it to your kid, or your neighbor's kid, who some random kid from the streets. They'll love it!

Positive things:
- Fun and entertaining. Everything the 80's stood for.
- Great special effects!
- GREAT theme song!
- The little clown punching the head off of the biker.
- The little clown in general, really.
Negative things:
- Not gory.
- No nudity.
- Has plenty of dry jokes.

Gore: 0.5/5
Nudity: 0/5
Story: 3.5/5
Effects: 3.5/5
Comedy: 4/5

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