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Killer Klowns From Outer Space(1988)(Review)[Weirdo Wednesday]


Ah, October means Halloween. Halloween means the veil is thinning. This month simultaneously amps me up and finds ways to fuck with me. It’s no secret that to us here at The Gruesome Gazette, Halloween is a state of mind and not just a date on the calendar. And when it comes to Halloween entertainment, you have a lot of options to go through. Sometimes you want something really scary, sometimes you want to see something gross, and sometimes you just want a good laugh. This film has all 3 elements at once.

The 3 Chiodo Brothers (creature/special effects for Critters, Team America) had written, directed, and created the special effects for an over-the-top film called “Killer Klowns from Outer Space.”

The title alone explains the entire film. A spaceship full of clown aliens land near a town one fateful night, and they walk through the town wreaking havoc. A famous comedian once said “a clown is hilarious at the circus, but not when they show up at your door at midnight,” and this is the exact premise of what we get.

It’s super silly with the characters. The clowns literally kill people with shadow puppets, pies to the face, and guns that shoot popcorn. They capture the civilians inside large balls of cotton candy and bring them back to their ship to eat. But the film has a good amount of honest scares and gore to compliment the silly humor.

This film is an absolute blast, and it’s one that I watch all the time and not just during October. The creature effects are amazingly disturbing, the acting is over-the-top but fitting, and the music is perfect – combining circus styled synthesizers and organs with rock ‘n roll styled bass and drumming. The deaths are extremely creative and offer a lot more variety than you’d probably believe.

Horror films really don’t get much more fun than this one. And it has enough genuine scares and violence to give it a properly dark tone. If you’ve never seen this one, or just haven’t seen it in a while, take this as a reminder to check it out. It’s one hell of a great time. Perfect party movie, perfect background movie, perfect movie to play during trick or treating with the doorbell ringing, and perfect for the whole family (except for maybe young children.) The clowns are not as scary as IT, but they sure aren’t your friendly neighborhood jokers.

It is available for streaming on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and for FREE on YouTube!

4.5/5

‘Til Next Time, Mike Cleopatra

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