Killer Klowns From Outer Space Movie Review
By: Justin Hopkins
The big movie release this weekend is obviously, It Chapter Two, which was excellent go and watch it, which got the wheels rolling a bit. What B-Movie could be paired with the frightening Pennywise. Okay, so it didn’t take much time to think about the 1988 classic, Killer Klowns From Outer Space. I was a little hesitant, because I have been trying to stick to movies that never went to theaters, but surprisingly, I have not found any evidence that it had a theater stint, if it did, tell me about it in the comments, but for now. I am celebrating their mistake, and running with it, so here is my review on the Classic, Killer Klowns from Outer Space.
In one night, a shooting star touchdown in the woods, just outside of a small town, Crescent Cove. However, this was no normal shooting star, but a Carnival Tent Spaceship, full of Aliens in the forms of the creepiest clowns. Set out to kidnap and use the citizens of the town for snacks on their trip. Discovered first by a farmer, then our two of our main characters, Debbie and boyfriend Mike. Who stumble up their cotton candy cocoons full of their human victims. Just managing to make it out, and race to town, with the Klowns in pursuit. Seeking the help of her old boyfriend, Officer Dave. Kick starting a wild adventure as Dave and Mike tried to find out what was happening and how to stop them. While the Klowns laid waste to the town in insane high jinks. From puppet kills, shadow attacks and many, many more. Leading up to fast paced finale.
This movie was so good, on a lot of levels. If you have a fear of clowns, they will definitely add to it. The designs of their prosthetic were creepy and haunting. Side-to-side movements were unnerving, particularly when they ran. The jokes on this hit the mark almost every time. From the clown car to the guard who was pied to death. Short Klown with boxing gloves. My favorite was the shadow dinosaur, but so many good, creative kills. The characters were endearing. I liked the fact they kept the love triangle between Mike, Danny, and Debbie to a minimum. Their focus was on survival and didn’t stop to argue over who was better for Debbie. Which allowed them to focus on the plot. Time well spent. Had a solid secondary villain, as well, in the character of Mooney, who refused to believe in any of this, to a frustrating degree. Then the Terenzi Brothers, who drove around in an Ice Cream Truck, believing that it would help them get laid. I wasn’t a fan of the brothers, to be honest, but they were alright in their rules. Fact they were used seldom was a big perk. Wished they had died at the end. Would have added a little bit of emotional weight to Mike a little, but small nitpick. This isn’t that kind of movie.
Really liked the actors they got. None of them stood out to much, but the chemistry between everyone was firing on all cylinders, especially with your main crop, Grant Cramer, Suzanne, Snyder, and Josh Allen Nelson. Played off each other and made them all look good in the process. Hats off to all of those who played Klowns, cause they are the reason we watched for, and they all delivered. Like I said earlier, they were creepy and funny at the same time, and must have been difficult to work in the costumes, but they made this so much more enjoyable. Bravo to them all.
Another big round of applause to those who worked behind the scenes. They did not have a huge budget, but every penny was spent so well, and made it all work for them. Cotton Candy Cocoons were creative. There weapons were thought out. Utilizing what clowns would use to their advantage. Background settings and stages were a interesting mix of fun house and space ship. Showed good use of what little they had.
Since I don’t have any negatives worth mentioning, will just go right into the finale, this movie gets high praise, that it definitely deserves. If you haven’t this gem, shake yourself, and go buy it. Replay value through the roof, and needs to be apart of everyone’s library.
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