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:: Killer Klowns From Outer Space

Made on a shoestring budget, and written, directed and produced by the Chiodo brothers (Charles, Edward and Stephen), ‘Killer Klowns From Outer Space’ was considered a commercial failure, and panned by the critics as a bomb upon its release in 1988. But despite its lack of impact at the box office at the time, the film has become a cult underground classic, with its immense popularity prompting this long overdue deluxe re-release on DVD. The story might be quite simple but it’s definitely original, with the plot centred on the small American town of Crescent Cove (which is in reality Santa Cruz, California) that is invaded by killer clowns, who are obviously from outer space.

With a tagline of ‘In Space No One Can Eat Ice Cream’, it’s pretty obvious that the film doesn’t take itself too seriously. And it’s probably just as well, as the acting from the leading actors (Grant Cramer as Mike Tobacco, Suzanne Snyder as Debbie Stone, John Allen Nelson as Dave Hanson and John Vernon as Curtis Mooney) is nothing short of over the top (Bad in other words), the dialogue clich√© riddled and the effects as dated as hell (but cool for its time). But having said that, it all manages to come together in a way that works, making this cult b-grade film an absolute classic for fans of the genre.

There are plenty of highlights throughout the film, but worthy of a special mention are the lines given to ice-cream truck vendors The Terenzi Brothers, the shadow dinosaur, the carnival tent landscape of the killer clowns’ spaceship, the various creepy and monstrous killer clowns and the grand finale where Hanson goes head to head with the Klownzilla at the tail end of the movie.

As mentioned earlier, ‘Killer Klowns From Outer Space’ has been given the deluxe treatment for its DVD release, with the extras every bit as captivating as the film itself.

The audio commentary from all three of the Chiodo brothers is a treat in itself, with the constant chatter full of revealing insights into the making of the film, along with plenty of humorous moments where they take a dig at themselves (Such as ‘Did we really write that dialogue?’). There’s also the twenty minute feature ‘The Making Of Killer Klowns’, which gives an in-depth behind the scenes look at the making of the film, the twelve minute ‘Komposing Klowns’ (A feature on the film’s music composer John Massari), the fifteen minute ‘Visual Effects With Gene Warren, Jr.’, the twelve minute ‘Kreating Klowns’ (About the making of the sets and the clowns themselves), two of the Chiodo Brothers’ earliest films (Both of which are great), a couple of deleted scenes, bloopers, a photo gallery and theatrical trailers. And also keep an eye out for the two ‘Easter Eggs’ too (Think popcorn on the menu screen). They’re definitely worth it!

If you’re a fan of b-grade horror films, and have yet to see ‘Killer Klowns From Outer Space’, then now is the perfect time to acquaint yourself with this undisputed classic cult masterpiece. In other words, this deluxe re-release really is a must have.

DVD Extras

Audio commentary from the three Chiodo brothers
‘The Making Of Killer Klowns’
‘Komposing Klowns’
‘Kreating Klowns’
Deleted scenes
Photo gallery
Theatrical trailers