“Killer Klowns From Outer Space” Movie Review


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Kole Scheneman

“Killer Klowns from Outer Space” is a 1988 comedy-horror film about a group of aliens, either disguised as or ironically similar in appearance to giant-grotesque clowns, who come down to Earth to feed on the people of a small town called “Crescent Cove”, by encasing them into cotton candy cocoons and drinking their blood. 

Honestly, that description may sound a lot scarier than this movie actually is.

That may have to do with the special effects of the movie. The movie is directed by the Chiodo brothers (Charles, Stephen, and Edward), who are three special effects brothers whose work has been in “The Simpsons”, “Peewee’s Big Adventure”, “Critters”, and “Elf”.

The Chiodo Brothers’ special effects are all practical, meaning there is no CGI involved. It really shows with the effects in this movie, which are perfect and look like they took a lot of time and effort to get to the level of quality that they are.

“Killer Klowns from Outer Space” is generally seen as a “B Movie”, which Wikipedia defines as, “a low-budget commercial motion picture that is not an arthouse film.” Luckily, “Killer Klowns from Outer Space” has generally positive reviews and has been labeled as a “cult classic”, meaning that the movie has acquired a passionate fan base and is very relevant in pop-culture. Obviously, “Killer Klowns from Outer Space” has its flaws, there’s even a scene when you can see the movie’s prop master hand one of the actors a rake, but I feel like this movie has so much upside that you can easily overlook the minor flaws. 

Now to the average joe, this movie may not seem scary, and rightfully so. But to little kids and people who are afraid of clowns, this movie might just give them a scare. I seriously doubt my Grandma would watch this movie because of her fear of clowns.

I feel like the whole “B Movie” label comes from the film’s acting, which, at times, can be a little cheesy, but hey, it’s “Killer Klowns from Outer Space”, what did you expect? Personally, I feel like it fits the movie perfectly.

Lastly, I feel like this movie is family friendly for the most part. It was rated PG-13 when it was released, and it doesn’t have any nudity or a whole lot of swearing in it. I think it’s very rewatchable and has some nice comedic parts to help boost the movie’s overall feel.

In conclusion, “Killer Klowns from Outer Space” is a timeless and rewatchable classic. It’s one of my favorite movies, and I feel like it really deserves a lot more praise and attention.