Monday, February 13, 2012

Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)

Killer Klowns from Outer Space (USA, 1988) - Color, Director(s): Stephen Chiodo
MPAA Rating: PG-13
[UK: 15]
Approx. 88 min.

Z-rating: 5 out of 5 stars for being hilariously entertaining

Cheese Factor: 5 out of 5 stars for being totally B-movie schlock

     Time for my first review of 2012!!!! By this time, I would've expected space travel to be "the norm" but in reality... we're a little closer to being visited by aliens than we are to exploring the cosmos. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if killer klowns really did come from out space to invade us. That seems more plausible at this point than anything your typical sci-fi space travel movie would have you believe. Taking that into consideration, I'm not really sure why this movie gets put down all the time... I mean, come on, you've just popped in a movie called Killer Klowns from Outer Space... what else were you expecting? If you're looking for some Avatar special effects, you're sure to be disappointed. Dripping with pure cheese, this movie tickles my funny bone like few others have. With that said, let's dive headfirst into this extra large bucket of pure cheesy schlock that spoofs alien invasion movies. 

     So a spaceship (a circus tent) lands on Earth and a band of alien klowns that are hungry for some human go on the prowl on the streets of a typical small town. (These kinds of aliens never land in the middle of downtown L.A. or anything... only the big budget aliens do) This hilariously so-bad-it's-good film is filled with creative and silly weapons like guns that cocoon people in cotton candy, balloon animal hunting dogs, and guns that shoot popcorn which are really seeds that sprout little killer jack-in-the-box heads. (The cocoons are hung upside down aboard "the ship" and the klowns drink the juices with a twisty straw!!!) There's a plot that has to do with some kids trying to warn the police but no one believes them so they have to try to save their friends themselves. Bad acting is a staple amongst these B-movies and this one is no different. I have to give credit for the costumes though because they really deliver on what the title promises, these are some twisted looking klowns!! My favorite part has to be the final boss klown... I have no words for how truly awesome this part of the film was to me. If you're looking for some truly mindless entertainment, it doesn't get any better than this!!! (Believe me, this movie blows Killjoy out of the fucking water. That would have to be the worst movie I've ever seen. Ever.)

Nudity: None. There's a scene where a girl is about to hop in the shower but nothing is shown.

Gore: There's a little blood here and there, but nothing too gory. When the cotton candy cocoon is torn open, we see a melted bloody corpse inside.

Awesome: as far as B-movies go, this one is more fun than most I've seen. If you ever see this baby in a bargain bin, do yourself a favor and pick this up. This film can be a lot of fun if you don't take it too seriously.