Mike (Grant Cramer) and Debbie (Suzanne Snyder) are two young people in love. Their evening at a make-out spot is interrupted by, as the title suggests, killer clowns from outer space. The clowns’ game is kidnapping people, wrapping them in cotton candy cocoons, and drinking their essence with a silly straw. Har dee har har. Mike, Debbie, Debbie’s cop friend Dave (John Allen Nelson), and Mike’s friends Rich (Michael S. Siegel) and Paul (Peter Licassi) band together to stop their town from being consumed by hilarity.
I had grown up hearing about Killer Klowns from Outer Space, but only sat down to watch it after my friend Tabbitha suggested that I review it. It actually wasn’t as bad as I expected. It’s goofy, and the special effects are sub-par. It’s also so ‘80s that moments after taking a shower, Debbie’s bangs are teased into a poof. However, it’s meant to be stupid. (I think.) The film doesn’t take itself seriously, and physical humor abounds. As creepy as the clowns can be, the deaths are played for laughs. To me, it seems like a loving tribute to the goofy sci-fi movies of the ‘50s. There are quite a few similarities to The Blob in particular, from the gruff cop who thinks the protagonists are out to get him, the hick who first stumbles onto the creatures, a goofy theme song incorporating the title of the movie, a spunky heroine who keeps her clothes on (there is a brief shower scene, but all we see of Debbie is her stomach, ankles, and shoulders), to the group of rambunctious youngsters.
There’s one scene that’s a little creepy. Dave comes upon the corpse of his surly co-worker Mooney (John Vernon)—it’s in the hands of a klown, who’s using it like a ventriloquist’s dummy.
Give it a look if you’re in the mood for that ultimate gourmet mixture of cheesy and corny.