Friday, October 14, 2011

GENRE (SPECIAL EDITION): Horror - K


Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988) - Stephen Chiodo

If you ask anybody who was alive during the late eighties about this film they will no doubt tell you just how “RAD” it is, was, and forever will be, and not just because of the ultra-boss theme song by “The Dickies.” It’s no great cinematic masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination, but it is a very entertaining film from the stretched imagination of the Chiodo Brothers. A B-Movie tried and true, but one that garnered significant airplay on cable networks in the late 1980s and early ‘90s.  The film plays upon, and is perhaps inspired by, the mental condition of Coulrophobia (fear of clowns). The plot follows a gang of aliens who happen to naturally resemble clowns and whose technology/weapons are entirely circus themed. As they fill their circus tent shaped spaceship with bodies preserved in cotton candy cocoons it’s up to a bizarre love triangle (Grant Cramer, Suzanne Snyder, and John Allen) to smash their red noses and save the day. 



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