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Movie Review: Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)

Evil clown face looking down on a couple.Summary:
It looks like a meteor has crashed near a small town, but it actually is a space ship.  A space ship that looks exactly like a giant circus tent.  Oh, and did I mention that it’s full of aliens that look like deformed clowns armed with guns that shoot cotton candy that wraps its victims up into cocoons?  Facing off against these creatures are a teenage gal, her current flame, and the cop who used to date her.  Will anyone in the town survive the night?

Confession.  I used to be deathly afraid of clowns.  We’re talking 5 year old me would instantaneously cry upon merely seeing one at a distance.  Although I’m mostly over that now, I was a bit nervous that watching a clown horror movie would stir things back up.  Well, I definitely wouldn’t call this a horror movie.

It is the perfect blend of ridiculousness and horror tropes that it takes to make a deliciously campy horror film.  I found myself laughing throughout and delighted at the various directions the writers took traditional circus elements to make them dangerous and evil.

There’s popcorn that turns into evil clown heads (but only after being in a dark space).  People are turned into pods of cotton candy that hang ominously inside the ship.  The balloon animals come to life and are evil.  To someone who always found the circus a bit….odd….it’s totally delightful.

The movie also has its own theme song that is still earworming me days later.  The song, clothes, and acting are all wonderfully 80s.  From the main girl’s hair to the grouchy cop to the teens running an ice cream truck in an attempt to get girls, it gets just the right combination of elements that screams–this is why the 80s was awesomely weird.

If you appreciate camp, the 80s, or light horror, you’ll enjoy this film.

4 out of 5 stars

Source: Netflix

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