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Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi | 27 May 1988 (USA)
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Aliens who look like clowns come from outer space and terrorize a small town.

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Stephen Chiodo
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Grant Cramer ... Mike Tobacco
Suzanne Snyder ... Debbie Stone
John Allen Nelson ... Dave Hansen
John Vernon ... Curtis Mooney
Michael S. Siegel ... Rich Terenzi (as Michael Siegel)
Peter Licassi ... Paul Terenzi
Royal Dano ... Farmer Gene Green
Christopher Titus ... Bob McReed (as Chris Titus)
Irene Michaels Irene Michaels ... Stacy
Karla Sue Krull Karla Sue Krull ... Tracy
Aeron Macintyre Aeron Macintyre ... Punk #1 (as Brian Degan Scott)
Danny Kovacs Danny Kovacs ... Punk #2
Adele Proom Adele Proom ... Mrs. Franco
Howard Malpas Howard Malpas ... Mr. Myers
Karen Raff Karen Raff ... Mom #1
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Storyline

When a small town is invaded by aliens from outer space who are capturing and killing the townspeople, no one takes them seriously. Why? The aliens all look like circus clowns, use weapons that look clown like, and all have painted on smiles. Only a few of the young people in the town realize the danger and of course no one believes them. Armed with an ice cream truck they try and rescue their friends. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Horrific Harlequins with an appetite for close encounters! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The iconic Killer Klowns March was originally written by John Massari for his high school rock band, Crisis. The band members did not like it because the notes of the song spelled out an F major 7th chord which they felt sounded too much like Jazz. See more »

Goofs

When the Ice Cream truck comes upon the Klown collection machine, the driver slams on the brakes and the passengers ice cream flies out of his hand, but there is no glass in the windshield so it flies out of the truck. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Curtis Mooney: Look at this son of a bitch.
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Crazy Credits

Film was released in 1988, but the ending credits claim copyright 1987 See more »

Alternate Versions

In the TV version before the puppet show the guy throws his popcorn bag over his head which is then tossed back at him. This is the reason he heads up to the puppet show. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Half in the Bag: Child's Play (2019) (2019) See more »

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The Killer Klown March
Composed by John Massari (ASCAP)
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Wildly imaginative and quite funny
8 July 2000 | by cheroldSee all my reviews

Some people see Killer Klowns as a great "bad movie," but in spite of its low budget and iffy casting I rate this as a genuine "good movie." Here we have a film that reimagines every aspect of clowning and circuses -- puppet shows, cotton candy, balloon animals -- in terms of homicidal aliens. The level of ingenuity is remarkable, and parts of it are quite funny. This film deserves far more fame that it's gotten and I think it's sad that the Chiodo brothers never made anything else.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

27 May 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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