Monday, 1 July 2013
Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988).
Killer Klowns from Outer Space is a homage to the alien invasion flicks of the fifties. Although it was made in the eighties, a time when horror was more interested in focusing on bare breasts, comedy and gore, the film has the same feel as something made in a much more innocent time, but with an even crazier and more warped spin on things. The movie is incredibly silly, but if you suffer from Coulrophobia (a fear of clowns) it may very well be your worst nightmare. The creature FX are amazing. The Klowns look purposely out of proportion, very creepy and incredibly evil, but it is still hard not to laugh at them and their evil schemes.
I'm not really sure about giving a synopsis. After all, everything you need to know is in the title of the film, but for all of you wanting to know a little more (if you haven't seen the movie that is) then I will give an even briefer synopsis than usual. The Killer Klowns are aliens from outer space that resemble clowns, and they have come to earth to feed on humans. They do this by cocooning their victims in cotton candy, which seems to make the victim dissolve into a liquid which the Klowns drink with curly straws. Some teenagers stumble upon this plot, and try and make the adults of the town believe they are being invaded by aliens, all the while the Klowns are dispatching people throughout the town.
Killer Klowns from Outer Space is still a joy to watch after all these years. It may be silly, but just as the viewer is getting comfortable from all of the crazy humor, the director unleashes some inventive horror that sometimes takes things further than you would expect, it also helps the movie that all of the weapons the Klowns use are circus themed. The showdown with the Klowns in their big top spaceship has stuck with me since my first viewing, as has the Klowns weakness, which fits in perfectly with the crazy theme of the movie.
This film really doesn't ever get boring. I have seen it many times, and it never fails as a pick me up when times get a little hard. Killer Klowns from Outer Space should be seen by everyone. Killer Klowns from Outer Space is certainly the best 1950's sci fi/horror film that wasn't made in the 1950's. It may have been a low budget feature, but the FX and acting are incredibly deceptive, and the whole movie is very well designed, witty and sometimes over the top with a lot of crazy characters, deaths and a car chase the likes of which you have never witnessed.