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Friday, 3 September 2010

KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE (1988)

That is the greatest title for any film in the history of cinema. Look at it. It's a thing of beauty, and the film itself is every bit as insane as the title would suggest. Behind the glorious and perfect cover art on this big box VHS tape is contained what can only be described as a work of genius. This is one of those movies that only the 1980s could have spawned, and it's a delicious treat for anyone with a taste for the absurd depths that eighties comedy/horror would sink to or indeed strive for. Quite frankly, if you don't enjoy this movie, then I have no respect for your opinion.

Let's take stock. Alien clowns with huge animatronic rubber heads. A 'big top' spaceship. Popcorn guns. Candy floss cocoons that look like massive rubber scrotums. Insane special effects. An insane script. A cast that is clearly having an absolute blast. An ending that is so very silly that it's hard to put it into words.

To put it in simple terms, Killer Klowns From Outer Space has everything and more. It barely runs 85 minutes, but in that time it grabs you, slaps you with a custard pie and has you begging for more again and again. You really haven't lived until you have seen a huge alien clown sticking a bendy straw into a candy floss cocoon and sucking blood and gore out of the victim within.

The story? Basically, a cast of eighties stereotypes come face to face with a gang of demented marauding alien clowns who have landed on Earth in order to imprison humans and suck out their blood and brains. Erm, that's about it. Chaos ensues, but chaos of the most deliciously colourful variety.

Director Stephen Chiodo must have been sniffing paint thinner for the whole shoot- it's absolutely mental, and absolutely wonderful. This is the sort of film that reminds me just why I love the odd, the mad and the downright weird in film, and it gleefully eviscerates dumbasses left, right and centre. Oh yeah, and Clownzilla has a fight with an ice cream van. On a spaceship. I mean, come on, what more do I need to say to get you to track this gem down? It's brilliant.


If you don't like clowns, belt up, these aren't scary (unless you're Suzanne Snyder and still having flashbacks to the filming). They're silly and a bit twisted, but this ain't CLOWNHOUSE. Killer Klowns From Outer Space is one off the absolute pinnacles of stupid 80s comedy horror films, and it is a wondrous thing to behold. I'd suggest tracking it down on big box VHS rather than DVD, so you can get the real effect of the film. The Chiodo brothers have stated that the film wasn't intended as a spoof, and while that claim may well be dubious, it nevertheless helps the film be much more enjoyable than a parody flick.

There are far too many favourite moments to pick from (the shadow puppet eating people that were looking at it, the Willy Wonka styled spaceship interior, the Klowns themselves, the straight performances of actors being chased by folks in rubber clown suits with popcorn guns...), and I urge you to find it and enjoy it for exactly what it is- a delirious, zany (a word that definitely fits the film), brilliant and utterly mad eighties science fiction-horror-comedy. Yeah, the film does live up to that glorious title and cover art. YOU NEED THIS IN YOUR LIFE.

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