Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988)

Review by CJ

Stephen Chiodo

Grant Cramer, Suzanne Snyder, John Allen Nelson, John Vernon

Other notable appearances:
Some of the best terrible clown costumes in the solar system

Running time:
88 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
The Funhouse Massacre, Tremors, The Toxic Avenger


A group of clowns from outer space descend on a small town on Earth to capture, liquify and devour the human inhabitants. It is up to one police officer and four civilians to save their town before it gets too in-tents! (Not even sorry. That pun isn’t half as cheesy as this film.)

I have had people telling me for years that I needed to see Killer Klowns From Outer Space and, while I didn’t disagree, I just never got around to it. Until now.

Killer Klowns From Outer Space is ridiculously cheesy, has terrible effects, bad acting and flimsy dialogue — but it is really very entertaining. I’m inclined to call it the Sharknado of clown horror, though I know it definitely pre-dates that reference.

The plot is delightfully absurd and gives Killer Klowns From Outer Space an edge over films that are just so bad that they’re bad.

Even with the bad effects, coulrophobes should give this one a miss. The haggard costumes and storyline give the clowns an unsettling vibe. Assuming you can see them through the tears of laughter.

The accompanying soundtrack leaves viewers with no doubt that Killer Klowns From Outer Space was made in the 1980s. The distinct 80s sound coupled with the tragically 80s aesthetic only adds to the deliciously gooey, cheesy disasterpiece that is Killer Klowns From Outer Space.

There’s no wonder that Killer Klowns From Outer Space has become a cult classic over the years. Fans of b-grade films are sure to love the silliness and cheesy effects.


“I made it through Korea I can make it through this bullshit!”


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