Apr 18, 2010

Killer Klowns from Outer Space Review


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Premise:
A meteorite crashes to Earth in a small town where apparently all the college-aged kids are polite and sophisticated but demonized by a grizzled veteran cop. Only it's not a meteorite, it's an alien-boarded UFO! But the UFO is a circus, and the aliens are clowns. Killer clowns who drink blood and have a penchant for humor.


Standouts:
A lot of the dialog, especially in the early going was pretty awful. When you think of a cheesy 80's movie, this is right up there with the cheesiest. But if you can muster the fortitude to make it through the first half hour, things pick up speed fast. The action in the film will really keep you entertained. The very end stands out too, as I felt there was one glaring mistake made. I won't spoil it, but it involves survival. Watch the movie and when the moment comes, you'll know what I mean.


My Highlights:
"they're shooting popcorn at us!" "why popcorn!" "... BECAUSE THEY'RE CLOWNS!!"


Overall Rating:
It's incredibly cheesy, especially in the first half an hour of the movie to almost unbearable levels. Sometimes the film doesn't know if it's trying to be funny or scary, but there are other times when it definitely knows and succeeds at it's attempts. This is a cult film and I can see the appeal, so I'll give it 3 1/4 *'s out of 5, or 6 1/2 out of 10.


When You Should See It:
Only if you're really into cult films, the 80's, or clowns. The mainstream might not "get it", but if you're a fan of any of the three then you'll get a kick out of this film.

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