Way back in 1988, the world was graced with one of the finest films of the decade when Killer Klowns from Outer Space was released in May of that year. The movie combines elements from horror, comedy and sci-fi, and blends it together to a perfect combination of cheese, action, laughs, and outrageous-ness. Written and directed by the Chiodo brothers, the film features some of the best special effects you'll see for its time; from the klowns to the inside of the space ship to the kills, Killer Klowns still holds up to this day as some of the best handmade effects you'll see on the big screen that isn't the CGI we are all so used to these days. Killer Klowns will forever be a cult classic, so if you haven't seen it yet, consider this your homework for the week.
Crescent Cove is a small college town where the students are often getting themselves into various trouble with the law, as college kids do. As a group of these college kids are getting busy up at lover's lane, a giant bright light shoots across the sky and seemingly lands out in the middle of the woods. Mike and his girlfriend Debbie decide it would be fun to try and find what they believed was a comet that crash landed, and it is during this adventure into the woods that they stumble upon a big top circus! But out in the middle of the woods?! There's definitely nothing sketchy about that; so of course, they head inside! And what they see flips their entire world upside down... the inside of the circus tent has wires along the walls and elevators leading to super weird rooms. Inside one of the rooms, the couple finds giant bundles of cotton candy hanging, and upon further inspection, they quickly realize the terrifying truth: there are dead bodies wrapped inside the cotton candy cocoons! It is then that they realize that they are dealing with... Killer Klowns from Outer Space!!
Clowns never really bothered me; I love both the circus and other clown-related horror movies. But these Klowns are unlike anything you've ever seen before: they are beyond haunting, to the point where it almost hurts and leaves you unsettled just looking at them! From their freaky hair to their ridiculous outfits and ugly smiles, this cult of killer klowns are - without a doubt - the most unnerving and hideous clowns you'll ever seen in any movie. But believe it or not, its not even the klowns that make this movie the remarkable film that it is: it's the kills! So often when you see movies that have a theme to it (think Attack of the Killer Donuts or Silent Night, Deadly Night), you really hope that the kills throughout the film are creative and make use of the particular theme. Killer Klowns from Outer Space stepped up the kill game with all of the deaths in their film - the kills are all somehow related to the circus and/or clowns, and they are phenomenal. For example, decapitating a biker with a single punch with a boxing glove, a security guard being pie'd to death, and using a cop as a ventriloquist dummy. The deaths in this film blow away many movies today in terms of both creativity and execution. As the film plays, you definitely get anxious whenever the klowns aren't on screen because they are so much fun to watch, but I find myself more excited about the kills because, goddamn are they brilliant. A true 80's masterpiece. The other tidbit to Killer Klowns that is worth noting is how absolutely insane the ending to the film is. Sure, everything leading up to the end is pretty outrageous and downright insane. But when the final half hour or so finally kicks in, Killer Klowns sets the absurdness into overdrive with just how nutty and out of this world they could make it, and I couldn't be happier with how it turned out. It's comical, terrifying, and fascinating all at the same time. If you wanted klowns, they definitely deliver you klowns in the final half hour of this film. And they are all batshit insane.
I cannot recommend this movie enough to literally everybody I meet. Much like the circus, there really is something for everybody to love about Killer Klowns: it's got super witty jokes, an obnoxious and stubborn cop, guns that shoot pop corn, dead bodies cocooned in cotton candy, shadow puppets, and of course the Klowns! It's both terrifying and hilarious from beginning to end, and there's no question as to why so many people have fallen in love with the film over the years. Unfortunately, there has yet to be a sequel to the film, but the Chiodo brothers say that they have some stuff in the works relating to Killer Klowns, such as a possible television show or another movie. But until then, we'll keep enjoying the gem from the '80s, along with all of its brutal klowns and sweet treats.