Sunday, October 7, 2012

Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)

Director: Stephen Chiodo

Starring: Grant Cramer, Suzanne Snyder, John Allen Nelson, John Vernon, Michael Siegel, Peter Licassi, Royal Dano, Christopher Titus

More info: IMDb

Tagline: In Space No One Can Eat Ice Cream!

Plot: 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.
My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again? Yup.

What a gas this was.  The creators scored a major boost by hiring the great John Vernon.  Just about every line he delivers is hilarious and his moment when he's manipulated by the aliens is priceless (and damn creepy)!  Vernon aside, the acting is bad to OK with John Allen Nelson giving the most intense performance in the picture (and probably his career).  He is so hardcore serious in the role that it's as if he's going for the Oscar and O...M...F...G is it hysterical!  When you watch this just pay attention to every little thing he does and you'll be howling with laughter.  I have no idea if really meant to give such an intense performance or if it was part of the joke.  Either way, I was about in tears with laughter thanks to that guy.  Awesome!  The rest of the picture is as fun as the title suggests.  There were some neat, clever special effects and some funny gags and it doesn't overstay its welcome.  This is definitely one of those movies you want to watch with a group.

One of my favorite jokes...

Two cannibals are eating a clown when one turns to the other and says, "Does this taste funny to you?".  Ahahahahahahahahahaha.

Oh, and here's another...

What's funnier than a dead baby?  A dead baby wearing a clown costume.

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