Killer Klowns From Outer Space is a title which, despite pre-dating the Ronseal advert, does exactly what it says on the tin. Well, if not tin, then Steelbook, as the film is available on a regular box as well as the Steelbook Limited Edition. Both contain the film on Blu-ray and DVD, continuing Arrow’s tradition of delivering the goods on both formats in the same package.
Killer Klowns arrive from Outer Space and start killing people, starting with an old man who, first, has his dog stolen by them.
The main people on the case are the preposterously-named Mike Tobacco (Grant Cramer), and since a guy needs a girl, she’s catered for in the form of Debbie Stone (Suzanne Snyder). Mike’s unably assisted by young cop Dave Hanson (John Allen Nelson, best known for the ridiculously-named John D. Cort from Baywatch), and his superior is Curtis Mooney (the ever-wonderful, but now sadly deceased John Vernon, who I remember best as the Mayor from Dirty Harry). He gets some of the best lines including: “I made it through Korea. I can make it through this bullshit.”
Throw in a couple of doofuses, the Terenzi brothers (Michael Siegel and Peter Licassi), and that’s the main cast covered, all hamming it up nicely.
The film certainly delivers the Killer Klowns, even if they’re just turning up in seemingly random places including one who decapitates a biker, and another who casts a large shadow puppet on a wall in order to eat a group of intrigued pensioners. It knows it’s a B-movie and plays out that way, so you know what to expect. The incessant murders don’t hang together as any form of coherent plot but it’s a good one to watch when you’re drunk, not least for the Klowns’ spaceship, decorated like a crazy fun-house with a popcorn maker on the dashboard. And once they capture people, the bodies end up cocooned in candyfloss. Oh, and one of the klowns has a tracker dog made out of balloons!
Killer Klowns From Outer Space has some very inventive prosthetics which you just wouldn’t get from CGI these days, and in the extras one of the Chiodo Brothers states how fans have said if a sequel was ever produced, it’d have to be made in the same style.
The stereo soundtrack is a bit odd at times, when action or dialogue is being spoken, but comes out of either the left or right speaker even when they’re not on that side of the screen. There’s a good example of this in the convenience store scene around 25 minutes in.
And don’t forget: Death by custard pies!
Go to page 2 for the presentation and the extras.
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