Monday, August 15, 2016

A Kaotic Kacaphony of Kreepy Koulrophobia, or Thoughts on Killer Klowns From Outer Space

With a catchy new wave theme song by punk band The Dickies, Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988) is far more entertaining than it has any right to be.  Written and Directed by The Chiodo Brothers, this is surprisingly their only movie to date.  Stephen, Charles & Edward Chiodo went on to a careers in animation and special effects, including the mouse dioramas in Dinner for Schmucks (2010) and the Large Marge sequence in Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (1985).
The Chiodo Brothers offer no explanation for the alien klowns as to what planet they’re from, however their culture is fully realized with big top UFOs and circus themed weapons including cotton candy ray guns.  A theory is posited by one of the teen heroes, Mike Tobacco as played by adult actor Grant Cramer that, our clowns are based on previous invasions of these killer klowns, and that makes just about as much sense as the rest of the plot.  The klowns themselves are cartoonish aliens with four fingers and shark-like teeth, and don’t have much of an agenda other than harvesting the town, wrapping them in pink cocoons and sucking out their blood with crazy straws.
The entire film has a mid-century sci-fi feel, the alien klowns invade a small town, the adults don’t believe the teens, and the retro 50’s effects, including matte prints and traditional animation contribute to a low budget Mars Attacks! (1996) and the very sincere Tim Burton/Beetlejuice (1988) vibe.  The movie doesn’t have the best performances, but then again you don’t go to a movie entitled Killer Klowns From Outer Space expecting The Unbearable Lightness of Being (also 1988).
With veteran character actor Royal Dano as Farmer Gene Green, one of the first victims and John Vernon as the teen-hating Officer Mooney, who you may remember from Point Blank (1967), Dirty Harry (1971), The Outlaw Josey Wales (1975) and Chained Heat (1983).



my first novel?  thanks for asking:)  it’s a the first book in a 4-volume supernatural martial arts series chock full of killer kung-fu witches, haunted carnivals, punk rock assassins, and a 24-hr diner with the best pie in town…

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