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Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988)

by  |  November 24th, 2010  |  Comedy  |  2 Comments

When you’re sitting down to watch a film called Killer Klowns From Outer Space… I hope you’re not expecting a Shakespearian experience. Hamlet it’s not…

I was hanging out at my friend Steve’s house when we were in 6th grade. Steve had cable TV, we didn’t. That’s when I first discovered this little B Movie masterpiece! Sure, we had to fight with Steve’s older sister to watch Killer Klowns, and boy did she put up a fight…

Killer Klowns tells the story of Mike (Grant Kramer), the local “near-do-well” with big dreams and ambitions. Set in a small “nobody ever gets out” town, Mike’s dating Debbie (Suzanne Snyder), the girl of his dreams. After a shooting star flies over the young innocent couple while parked at lovers lane, they track down the star, and it turns out to be a a Circus Tent (aka the Klowns Mothership). After seeing what the Klowns do to a local townie, it’s up to Mike and Debbie to get back to town, and warn the others.

One other little problem, Debbie’s ex-boyfriend as it just so happens, is the towns Sheriff, Dave Hanson (John Allen Nelson)! Of course Sheriff Hanson, Debbie’s ex, doesn’t like Mike and so refuses to accept the sensational story of Killer Klowns heading in to town.

Killer Klowns is a wildly imaginative tale of popcorn guns, harvesting humans with cotton candy, invisible cars, killer shadow puppets, and so many other reasons to watch. The films director Stephen Chiodo, would eventually lend his talents to such productions like Elf (Will Ferrell) and Team America: World Police. Grant Cramer, possibly best known as Scotty from the cult comedy, Hardbodies (1984), gives a fun performance. You should also look for a stirring performance by genre legend, John Vernon (Animal House), as the brooding deputy.

Quit clowning around, you guys!

I have since lost touch with my good childhood friend Steve. So many years later, I was at the Virgin Megastore, on Sunset Blvd. Killer Klowns had just been released to DVD. I was saddened to find out that director Chiodo, had just had a DVD signing there, the night before. While I was talking to the guy at the register, Tori Spelling, arms filled with cd’s, came up behind me and asked, “Killer Klowns From Outer Space, is that any good?” To which I replied, “It’s called Killer Klowns From Outer Space. What do you think? Well …I like it anyway.”


Matthew Dowling, a native Philadelphian, now residing in Los Angeles, is an actor, writer and film maker. Matt's training with 2nd City, and numerous appearances in TV shows, movies, theater, infomercials, and most importantly... B movies, has prepared him for making B Movie recommendations.


  1. clevelandpoet @ B Movie Brigade

    September 10th, 2011at 12:36 PM(#)

    You can’t go wrong with Killer Klowns! I had never seen it and my sister happened to see it in the cheap bin somewhere. So she grabbed it and gave it to me as sort of the throw in present on my birthday. I don’t remember what she got me as the main gift that year but I remember Killer Klowns!

  2. Matthew Dowling

    September 11th, 2011at 6:23 AM(#)

    That’s a cool sister you got there! Hope you gave her something of equal importance and value for her birthday! Isn’t it the little thing’s that stand out? Great story dude, love the memories and nostalgia some of us associate with films.

    Like how you can play them in the background the way some people play their favorite albums, yet don’t understand how you can watch the same movie over and over again?

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