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Killer Klowns From Outer Space: The Ultimate “Kult” Horror and Why We Haven’t Seen a Sequel Yet

Killer Klowns From Outer Space: The Ultimate "Kult" Horror and Why We Haven't Seen a Sequel Yet

I’ve been horror blogging for close to ten years now and other than a Blu-Ray review, several lists, and news-worthy jammers on the flick, I have yet to dedicate a full article to the beloved, and ultimate “kult” horror movie, Killer Klowns From Outer Space. Welp, here’s to fixing what’s been ailing me for ten years now.

I could give 101 reasons as to why Killer Klowns is the ultimate cult horror, but I’ll narrow it down to just a few for little patience. The Chiodos’ driven 1988 horror-comedy came swinging through the mom-and-pop rental shop doors, (another door!) as a straight-to-VHS Friday night flick. Giving another wholesome reason as to why those video shacks were a memorable staple of our youth as this was the way we got to see these movies. But it became so much more than that. The original title was to be simply “Killer Klowns”, but the Chiodos Brothers’ didn’t want their film to be mistaken for a slasher flick. So in turn they added “From Outer Space” to the title to give it that goofball- klowny jazz.

The Chiodos themselves were so heavily involved in everything about making this film happen that it’s almost as if the film itself mirrors their own minds of the perfect cult horror would be, on a very limited budget! I guess one wouldn’t think that two million bones is nowhere near small potatoes, but for a film that relays heavily on special effects to get the story across, it is peanuts. But, the Chiodos, who at the time was only known for their effects portfolio, made that shit work but working alongside other hired artists on the set and pulling triple-duty working on a full-scale miniature set for the Klownzilla sequence; while Charles Chiodo donned a rubber mask and suit to play JoJo himself.

Now because of the Chiodos’ genius to work under pressure on a tight budget, MGM wanted to do the sequel for the same amount of money. I first got wind of a sequel in the talks back in 2017 during a trip to Monsterpalooza where I had a lengthy chat with Stephen Chiodo himself and I had asked him, “What was up with Killer Klowns 2?!” While at the time, my 7-year-old son was playing with a replica cotton candy gun from his table, which he so generously offered to him while we talked about how legendary this movie is. He answered, off the record, and didn’t want it out there at the time, that the movie was to be released in conjunction with SYFY if all goes well and in 3D. Which was marvelous to hear! Until MGM fucked us all out of a sequel because they didn’t think it was worth any more than that.

YEAH, I SAID IT.

That being said, if we the fans want a Killer Klowns sequel, we just have to be loud about it to MGM directly. Now, I’m not saying to get nasty or anything, but they do need to know our thoughts and I think if enough of us bitch about it, something may spark. It’s got to happen sooner or later, right?

In the meantime, I’ll just cherish the movie we have now and that Monsterpalooza moment that was pretty much the coolest thing ever.

Check Out This Rad Music Video Cover For The Dickies “Killer Klowns From Outer Space”!

Listen, anytime an artist needs some publicity and is a horror fan on top of it, you better believe I’ll be all over it. So when an email popped up with this band called THE MAN FROM THE ALPHABET had made a visually spectacular music video cover of The Dickies’ Killer Klowns From Outer Space, well then- keeping this all to myself would be a preety damn selfish thing to do.

Per the press release:

Picking up and re-imagining a piece of iconic punk rock or horror is always a bold move, but THE MAN FROM ALPHABET has served up a delicious scoop of both with their tight cover and hilariously nostalgic music video of legendary American punk rockers THE DICKIES’ 1988 “Killer Klowns from Outer Space”! Originally premiered on BLOODY-DISGUSTING, the music video for “Killer Klowns from Outer Space” was directed and edited by Nina Hirten with production services provided by OH JUST PEACHY STUDIOS.

Featuring uproarious scenes of the band being stalked and murdered by the eponymous antagonists, in methods echoing the B-Horror masterpiece, the antics play out while gleefully watched by a bevy of pajama clad voyeurs. Overall, “Killer Klowns from Outer Space” recalls many an 80s and 90s teen slumber party with such seminal late night horror shows as USA’s Up All Night and MonsterVision, making it a unique Halloween treat for horror hounds and rock fans alike!

Make sure to check out the band’s official page by clicking here!

Review: Arrow Video’s “Killer Klowns From Outer Space” Showcases Epic Never Before Seen Interviews and Features

In space, no one eats ice cream!

As we head into the official 30th anniversary of the Chiodo Bros.’ cult-clown-classic, the prestigious restoration of retro beloved titles Arrow Video has released a beautifully restored version of the film that made us question that cotton candy you acquired at the county circus and fair. Chock full of all-new special features including a never-before-seen 24-minute interview with all three Chiodo brothers that offers a glimpse into the filmmaker’s wild-imaginary world and the origin of their passions leading up to Killer Klowns From Outer Space.

With a brand new 4K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative opening with the Trans World Entertainment logo (BONUS), the differences in color and quality here are top-notch when compared to previous releases of the film. Perhaps the most predominant aspect of this brand-new visual look of the movie is the magnificent detail of the clown faces and suits you get to see now. So if you ever need a photo-still for those DIY Killer Klown Halloween costumes, this is the version you want as every last indent of each clown’s mug is seen as clear as Gordon Ramsay’s polished silverware.

Among the retrospective interview with the creators of killer popcorn kernels, the special features included with the 30th-anniversary disc are worth every damn penny you spend on this ultimate release of the cult-horror. A never-before-seen look at the auditioning process of the “klowns” is included with instructing the candidates in full-costume how to walk and move like a creepy as hell, vengeful alien clown, as seen below in a screen-shot I took from the excerpt.

I literally can’t believe I just wrote that last sentence. Jesus and JoJos, I love my job.

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The circus of special features is only beginning as we move unto a new 11-minute interview with the original members of The Dickies, a tour of the Chiodos studios, and all-new interviews with stars Grant Cramer and Suzanne Snyder along with important members of the production cast. In Behind the Screams, we get a retro VHS style look at the behind the scenes action of the movie and we also, of course, have the beloved deleted scenes and a decent amount of bloopers from the movie. Because with a movie as silly and fun as Killer Klowns, you have to know there’s some gems from that cutting-room floor.

Even if you have one, two, or 6 copies of this movie already, THIS is the one you’ll definitely need in your collection. On that note, I’d like to personally thank Arrow Video for sending me a copy to review for this site, as it obviously didn’t disappoint. You can pick yours up by heading straight to Arrow’s website by clicking here.

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