Monday, October 19, 2015

DVD Review - Killer Clowns From Outer Space

While clowns are supposed to entertain children at the circus, most kids are deeply afraid of them. As a kid, clowns never appealed to me, especially after I watched part 1 of the 1990 miniseries of Stephen King's It, which almost literally scared me to death. It took me about 8 years or so before I finally watched the entire miniseries. No, it wasn'y as scary as I remembered it, but Pennywise still freaks me out.

That being said, you can probably imagine that I don't watch any movies with killer clowns in them. However, while I was at my local Walmart a few weeks ago, I stumbled upon their Halloween movie selections and found Killer Klowns From Outer Space. Now I'm well aware of the 1988 cult classic as it aired on television many times throughout the 1990s, but it never caught my attention. I was looking for a new horror film to watch this year to get me in the mood for Halloween, so I bought the DVD.

Directed by the  The Chiodo Brothers and released in 1988, the film centered on a group of evil alien klowns that invade Crescent Cove, California in their circus tent spaceship. The clowns don't speak, but they do turn humans into cotton-candy cocoons. A young couple, Mike and Debbie, happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time and witness the klowns killing a local farmer. They try to tell the police, whom includes Debbie's ex-boyfriend Dave Hanson, but they don't believe their wild tale.

The klowns wreck havoc all over town and captures more victims. Mike and Dave must work together, along with a few friends, if they plan on stopping the klowns from killing everyone in town.

With all the hype that I've read about the film, I had somewhat high expectations for the film, but I was a little disappointed after watching it. My first thought was that this was a connected to Spaded Invaders as Royal Dano plays a farmer in both movie, but after a quick internet search, I learned there is no connection between the two films. The acting is horrible, the dialogue is laughable and the editing is choppy. The only thing the flick has going for it is the great makeup and costume design for the klowns, which would give anyone nightmares. Overall, Killer Klowns From Outer Space is a fast-paced, campy and at times just plain dumb science-fiction horror comedy.

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