Killer Klowns from Outer Space
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Step aside Pennywise... These Killer Klowns from Outer Space are outta this world literally! and they re packing deadly popcorn guns and cotton candy cocoons!
When Mike and his girlfriend Debbie warn the local police that a gang of homicidal alien-clowns have landed in the nearby area (in a spaceship shaped like a circus big-top, no less), the cops are naturally sceptical. Before long however, reports are coming in from other anxious residents detailing similar run-ins with the large-shoed assailants. There can no longer be any doubt the Killer Klowns from Outer Space are here, and they re out to turn the Earth s population into candy floss!
Written and produced by the Chiodo brothers knowns for their work on a host of special-effects laden hits such as Team America: World Police and the Critters movies Killer Klowns from Outer Space is a cinematic experience unparalleled in this galaxy, now newly restored by Arrow Video for this stellar edition.
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And it's because of the effects that I had reservations about finally seeing a print with proper resolution and contrast. The original DVD version was famously murky, throughout. Of course, this was largely due to all the night shots but I had long presumed the Chiodos cleverly took advantage of the dark frames to help conceal at least some of the necessarily low-cost effects. Well, after watching the new disc twice I couldn't have been more wrong -- this new 4K transfer is amazing! Everything on-screen is super crisp -- you can see every ghastly crease in the alien Klowns' faces. But far from exposing Hollywood FX magic, it only makes the Chiodos' work all the more remarkable. If anything, it's a better movie now than when I saw it the first time!
The new Special Edition disc includes a large set of extra features that are pretty much the same as in earlier releases, with lots of them dating from the 2014 Blu-Ray release. There's a new interview with two members of The Dickies (theme song band) and another with the Chiodo brothers, who describe -- and show -- more of their childhood movie efforts than we've previously seen. The package includes an illustrated booklet with a short-form essay by critic James Oliver and information on the transfer, plus a 2-sided mini-poster that's meant to resemble old-school lobby placards -- see my photos, nearby. If you're a fan or even if you just enjoy watching true professionals practice their craft, you can't go wrong with this disc. Killer Klowns rocks!
This was an instant cult classic, all done with tongue firmly planted in cheek. It has everything necessary for a classic, clown cars, popcorn guns, cotton candy cocoons, shadow puppet monsters. The premise is, an alien spacecraft lands near a small town and aliens attack it. I know, not all that original, but the twist is, the space craft looks like a circus tent and the aliens look like weird clowns with all sorts of devious clown-like weapons and technology.
Make no mistake, this is a low budget B movie, but it was exceptionally well done, and every cent of that low budget is on the screen. The clown makeup alone probably ate the majority of the budget.
The DVD transfer - for the Midnight Movies release - was pretty good, with an anamorphic widescreen aspect. Audio wasn't exceptional, but then neither was the original mix, but the flaws here only seem to enhance the film's charm.
This film has since been re-released with various different covers & features, including a lower cost Blu-Ray version.