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Killer Klowns from Outer Space
Killer Klowns from Outer Space
Actors: Grant Cramer, Suzanne Snyder, John Allen Nelson, John Vernon, Michael Siegel
Director: Stephen Chiodo
Genres: Comedy, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
PG-13     2001     1hr 28min

Finally the truth about clowns is out! Beneath their smirky sinister grins and wildly patterned clothes are clever killers from out of this world. The "juxtaposition of their toy-store arsenal and malevolent intent proves ...  more »


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Actors: Grant Cramer, Suzanne Snyder, John Allen Nelson, John Vernon, Michael Siegel
Director: Stephen Chiodo
Creators: Stephen Chiodo, Charles Chiodo, Christopher Roth, Edward Chiodo, Helen Szabo
Genres: Comedy, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Horror, Science Fiction
Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 08/28/2001
Original Release Date: 05/27/1988
Theatrical Release Date: 05/27/1988
Release Year: 2001
Run Time: 1hr 28min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English
Subtitles: Spanish, French
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Member Movie Reviews

Carlos M. from HAWTHORNE, CA
Reviewed on 2/19/2013...
loved the movie. thx
1 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Jefferson N. from BLAIRSVILLE, GA
Reviewed on 10/11/2011...
Killer Klowns From Outer Space is a goofy horror movie from the men that brought us The Critters. Stupidiy along those same lines...Teenagers out for a night on the town spy a space ship touch down in their town. The ship is populated by aliens that look like clowns...that want us for lunch!! Can the kids stop the monstrous aliens before the whole town ends up being cotton candy? Find out in this schlocky but entertaining flick from the Chiodo Brothers. This movie is a shout-out/homage to those goofy films of the 50's...where the kids can never get the cops to do anything until it's almost too late ala the Blob. It's pretty entertaining in the middle, when the Klowns are doing all kinds of outrageous tricks and laying waste to the town...My one fault is that it dies off toward the end and just becomes another horror flick with too many Aliens overtones. Still, if you liked Critters or just schlocky 80's stuff in general, you'll probably love it!
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Mark C. from CARMEL, IN
Reviewed on 8/1/2011...
Just overall a underrated B movie classic
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Brittni H. (venus) from BATON ROUGE, LA
Reviewed on 8/30/2009...
Ah, the 80's...never has a decade inspired so much coulrophobia. 'It', the novel by Stephen King, and this cinematic gem both instilled a healthy fear of clowns in my generation. I guess it was inevitable after John Wayne Gacy in the 70's.
Killer Klowns from Outer Space is a classic and fun example of how to do cheeky scifi. Perhaps it was this movie that set us on the path which would eventually lead to Slither, the slap to the spine cheesey scifi needed to make it more palatable. This is a movie that is not afraid to be bad, and in the end that is what makes it great--and completely out of stock at every college movie store in the nation. I eventually broke down and bought it, then had to re-buy when my husband wore it out!
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

A Fatally Funny & Scary Ride Through The Big Top...
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It's hard to believe that an innocuous PG-13 B-movie such as the Chiodo Bros. underrated masterpiece "Killer Klowns From Outer Space" could instill a sense of mysterious dread and thrills to an inveterate horror fan like myself. The Klowns definitely break down the redundant slasher film villian barriers that ran rampant during the 80's and give a frighteningly original, yet humorous flair to their evil work that parallels the old alien invasion films of the 50's (right down to the backwoods farmer and his dog and to the overly-skeptical village police). These extraterrestial jokesters are by no means makers of fun merriment, but rather ravenous predators who hoodwink their victims with circus magic and sinister smiles.The first time I viewed this acclaimed cult classic, John Mussari's ominous circus synth soundtrack, grizzled Officer Mooney (John Vernon) turned into a klown merrionette, and the corrosive cream pie death of the security guard each made a frightful impact on me! Not only that, I developed a short-lived repulsion to cotton candy after seeing the homicidal Klowns in action! Now, that I'm older, wiser, and even more desensitized, I've begun to see "Killer Klowns From Outer Space" as 70% comedy/30% horror since this film does boast some of the most baffoonish dialogue and action I've seen in a B-movie. Mike (Grant Cramer), Officer Mooney, and the hilariously inept Terrenzi Bros. (Peter Licassi & Mike Siegel) give just the right amount of comedic chemistry needed against the story's spooky premise. The Klowns themselves do offer a couple of cheesy chuckles via the duplicitous "child's play" antics they use to capture and expunge the town populace for their own vampiric food supply. And one just cannot get over the elaborately designed circus tent sets, props, and klown costumes! The theme song video feature by The Dickies is also pretty darn cool. All in all, this indelible pic proves that 1988 was a gem year for the horror genre.I have been fortunate enough to obtain a previously-viewed copy of KKFOS this year after a near-exhaustive search on the Web! I found it through Amazon's zShop site, which may still have some English-version copies left (knowing that this film has become a rare find both in retail and rental). I wish Media Home Entertainment/HVG Video would get off their languid behinds and re-release the Klowns on VHS widescreen or DVD seeing that the Killer Klowns cult is bigger than they probably realize. Believe it or not, a Klown sequel is in the planning stages according to the Chiodo Bros' official website (as well as a coveted email I received last year from Stephen himself) keep on watching the skies for more intergalatic Big Top mayhem and laughs!"
tee-vee-stevie | 04/08/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Anybody who says all the best B-movies came from the fifties obviously hasn't seen this little gem. It really is an admirable piece of film making which is actually very clever and inventive. It is reminiscent in someways of The Blob (50s version)in that a teenage couple witness a "comet" fall from the sky and then spend the movie running around trying to get people to believe them. However, this is far more "tongue in cheek" than most movies in its genre and could almost be passed as a black comedy rather than a horror.The movie isn't particularly scary, although I do remeber finding it very freaky when I was younger. People who have a phobia of clowns should probably stay away from this movie though, because as the title suggests thay are the stars of the show. It is worth watching for the inventive and amusing ways in which the "Klowns" Kill and cocoon their victims alone. But as it happens the film also has a lot more to offer as well. Try as hard as you can to get hold of this movie because it really is a classic. It took me a couple of years of searching but now i've got it and it was definately worth the effort."
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tee-vee-stevie | 06/29/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Don't be put off by the incorrect reviewer claiming this DVD will be pan-and-scan fullscreen. It will not. The product description confirms this. If you actually read it, it does say "Widescreen".According to the press releases from MGM, the DVD will be a full Special Edition and presented in anamorphic widescreen (16:9 enhanced) in the 1.85:1 theatrical aspect ratio.Additional features on the DVD: deleted scenes, a storyboard gallery, a photo gallery, the original theatrical trailer, a "making-of" documentary (supposedly with "home-movie" footage), director's commentary by the Chiodo Brothers, behind-the-scenes material on composing the film's score, a visual effects commentary, a "director's reflection on the film", English/French/Spanish Mono Audio (it was mono in the theaters), and French/Spanish subtitles.Maybe the VHS is 1.33:1 full frame. I don't know because I don't buy VHS any more. Regardless, the DVD should be quite nice for fans of the film.The fullscreen version is probably just unmatted anyway (not really P&S). Wait for the disc to compare."