Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)

Release Date: May 27, 1988 | DVD Release Date: August 28, 2001



Aliens that resemble clowns descend from Outer Space in a ship resembling a Big Top. They terrify and kill occupants of Crescent Cove, California.








Killer aliens are scary. Killer alien clowns are terrifying. In the case of many of the victims, they’re so entertained by the carnival-like atmosphere they don’t realize the danger until it’s too late to run. In on scene an alien clown entertains an audience that doesn’t realize it’s shrinking until the alien clown feeds them like popcorn to its children. In another scene a victim falls into a cream pie that turns out to be made of something more corrosive than cream. Their larder, where they store the fresh food supply, is a cotton candy cocoon cave. One of the brothers called the movie “The Blob with Clowns” and that description is apt.

There’s a wealth of terrifying characters in Killer Klowns from Outer Space. There are popcorn creatures and killer balloon dogs. The manic nature and need of the creatures, the ignoring of problems until it’s too late for the people with weapons to help.

Killer Klowns from Outer Space sets itself apart by being ridiculously manic. The only movie written and directed by the Chiodo Brothers (siblings known for their special effects careers), there is an “anything might happen” nature to the work. Wonderfully cheesy and often rather fun, the movie doesn’t pretend to be anything than what it is, a campy and goofy B-movie horror romp.

Made in the late 1980s Killer Klowns from Outer Space is a look into this era. If you’re looking for a fun movie to watch with the kids on Halloween, choose this one only if they are teens. The gore and manic insanity will certainly keep the younger ones up all night.

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Title Killer Klowns from Outer Space
Director Stephen Chiodo
Actors Grant Cramer, Suzanne Snyder, John Allen Nelson,
John Vernon, Michael S. Siegel
Length 1 hour and 28 minutes
Rating PG-13
DVD Release August 28, 2001
Gary Henry

One of my all-time favorites! John Vernon turns in a wonderful cameo, and the clown makeup/special effects still hold their own today. Thanks for the look at this little known but great flick, Tammy.


I have to agree that it holds up. First saw it on USA Up All Night in the early 90s and today its just as ridiculously wonderful now as then.

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