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Saturday, March 13, 2010

B Movie Madness- Killer Klowns From Outer Space

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When you think of B movies, you think of the 70's-80's and all the awesome cheese that came from that period of time. I don't think there was more of a B movie from that era than Killer Klowns From Outer Space.
Killer Klowns is a great horror comedy film that came out in 1988 from the Chiodo Brothers.  It is the only Chiodo Brothers directed and written film though they have worked on many other projects in other roles, such as producing and visual effects. The film begins with two teenagers out for a romantic evening. An army of sadistic extraterrestrial life forms (who resemble clowns) from a futuristic spacefaring civilization land their circus tent ship in the sleepy American town of Crescent Cove (filmed in Watsonville, California). Farmer Gene Green and his dog Pooh-Bear go out to find "Haileys Comet" but they are murdered by the Klowns. Mike Tobacco (Cramer) and Debbie Stone (Snyder), the couple out for the romantic evening, spot the newcomers and decide to investigate. They soon encounter the Klowns and barely escape capture, having been shot at by a "popcorn gun." Mike and Debbie rush into town to warn others of the impending danger while the clowns follow them into town. Naturally, they first try to warn the police. Their warnings are met with scorn by Sgt. Mooney, the police sgt., convinced that the couple are nothing more than kids trying to pull a prank. They are viewed with equal skepticism by another police officer, Dave Hanson (John Allen Nelson). Hanson also happens to be Debbie's ex-boyfriend, and his dislike of Mike is evident. Meanwhile, the Klown Army advances into Crescent Cove, inflicting a genocide during their occupation. They harvest the unsuspecting population, blasting random victims with a ray gun that cocoons them with cotton candy, with lethal results. The Klown Army uses a variety of seemingly innocent methods to ensnare their victims such as killer shadow puppets, bloodhound-like balloon animals and a ray gun that looks like a child's toy. Since the methods themselves appear whimsical, the townspeople don't know they are in danger until it's too late. Trust me, you will want to stick this movie out till the end just to see Klownzilla. Greatest. Thing. Ever. This film has become a cult classic, so much in fact that the Chiodo Brothers are talking about making another one. The acting can be laughable at times, but so is the plot, and that is what makes films like this perfect. It has one of those What the hell?? story lines so no matter what, the movie remains memorable.