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1988 | PG-13 | Horror, Sci-Fi, Comedy
88 minutes / 1h 28min

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Killer Klowns from Outer Space Plot Synopsis:

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.

Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988) Review

Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988) is an American science-fiction horror-comedy film that was shot in several locations in Watsonville, California, USA and Santa Cruz County, California, USA. Director Stephen Chiodo (Adventures in Wonderland (1992-1994), Team America: World Police (2004), Screamers (1995), Vincent (1982)) did a fantastic job being us this comedy movie that made me chuckle a few times here and there.


Killer Klowns from Outer Space is about evil aliens that look like circus clowns that are from an unknown region and whose sole purpose is to capture, kill and harvest the human inhabitants on Earth. The over-sized head aliens from outer space use their cartoon-like ray and popcorn guns, vehicles, balloons and other things to capture the people. If you think this is the weird part - it is not, the aliens keep the human bodies on their ship in cotton candy cocoons but their ship is disguised as a circus tent.

A few of the young people in the town knew better and did not fall for the aliens tricks. They realize what the clowns/aliens are truly up to and arm themselves with an ice cream truck that they hope will help them defeat the alien army. Mike Tobacco (Grant Cramer - Hardbodies (1984), Santa Claws (1996), New Year’s Evil (1980)) and his girlfriend, Debbie are the first ones to realize what the aliens/clowns are really up to and gain the help of a few others. Mike and Debbie (Suzanne Snyder - Weird Science (1985), Fools Rush In (1997), Return of the Living Dead II (1988)) enlist young police officer Dave Hanson and ice cream truck owners Rich & Paul Terenzi who are twins that use their truck to get girls.

There were several no name actors so please do not expect superb acting - be realistic. What shines in this movie is the cheesy SFX, clowns, and comedy. The cinematography was very colorful which added a lot of pizzazz to the film and made it fun. The sound was good and flowed well with the movie - there were a few creepy songs. All joke aside, there was some scary scenes that horror fans and nonhorror fans might get a scare or two from. Killer Klowns from Outer Space is a hit or miss, and it was surely a hit for me. Watch the movie with an open mind and you will surely enjoy it.

  • Killer Klowns from Outer Space Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 6
  • Overall Score: 6.52
  • IMDB: 6.1
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 7.5

About Killer Klowns from Outer Space 1988

Title: Killer Klowns from Outer Space
Year: 1988
Runtime: 88 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Comedy
Score: 3 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.26/5 stars from 27,827 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 27,827
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Killer Klowns from Outer Space Cast Starring: Royal Dano, Harrod Blank, Johnny Martin, John Vernon, Suzanne Snyder, Howard Malpas, Jeff Yesko, Karen Raff, Michael S. Siegel, Kathleen Stefano, Dennis C. Walsh, Claire Bartle, Genie Houdini, Sharon O'Mahoney, Charles Chiodo, Brett Leonard, Michael Halton, Karl Shaeffer, Grant Cramer, Lucinda Burgess, Paul Parsons, John Allen Nelson, Melvin Thompson, Jimmy Locust, Michael Siegel, David Piel, Mitch Bryan, Peter Licassi, Steven A. Jones, Greg Sykes
Killer Klowns from Outer Space Writers: Charles Chiodo, Edward Chiodo, Stephen Chiodo
Killer Klowns from Outer Space Director: Stephen Chiodo
Production: MGM
Language: English
Country: USA