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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.

“This Is Spinal Tap” Sequel in the Works With Original Cast and Director

Nope, that’s not an armadillo in my trouser. It’s been confirmed that a sequel to the 1984 rock mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap is in the works and I’m just really excited about that.

Spinal Tap II has been set in motion with Rob Reiner, who made his directorial debut with the beloved parody band film and will be back to direct the sequel along with also returning as filmmaker Marty DiBergi.

Also ready to make their saucy return are David St. Hubbins (Michael McKean), Derek Smalls (Harry Shearer), and Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest), the nucleus of England’s loudest heavy metal band.

According to the report, Reiner deployed the premise of the film as, “the band was upset with the first film. They thought I did a hatchet job and this is a chance to redeem myself. I am such a big fan and I felt bad they didn’t like what they saw in the first film. When I heard they might get back together, I was a visiting adjunct teacher’s helper at the Ed Wood School of Cinematic Arts. I drop everything to document this final concert.”

The plan is to release the film on March 19, 2024, to coincide with the original movie’s 40th anniversary.

METAL.

[Trailer] Tubi Steamrolling In With A Terror Train Remake For Halloween 2022

Free streaming service Tubi has been nothing short of a breath of fresh air amongst a multitude of pricey streaming platforms with a beautiful selection of horror films to boot. From horror series, Freddy’s Nightmares recently added, to cult and modern scare classics, who honestly needs anything more, right? Well, Tubi has been stepping up their game recently even further by adding original programming and in doing so, a remake of a 1980 horror treasure has been announced to premiere this 2022 Halloween season- a Terror Train remake!

The original Jamie Lee Curtis starred ‘whodunit’ slasher revenge fest on a train on New Year’s Eve filled with a bunch of college students has become a beloved horror classic over the years and the 2022 revival is parallral in context; except it is set on Halloween rather than New Year’s Eve.

In the 2022 modern retelling, the official description is as follows: “Alana (Robyn Alomar) and a group of college seniors board a party train for a Halloween-themed bash, but their fun spirals into fear as attendees are killed off one by one by an unknown killer. Concealed by costumes and plagued with chaos, everyone is a suspect. As the party train continues full steam ahead, Alana must race against the rails to find the killer before she becomes the next victim.” 

The cast is steered by Canadian actress Robyn Alomar (“Utopia Falls”), and Tim Rozon (“Schitt’s Creek”). The movie is written by Ian Carpenter along with Aaron Martin (“Slasher”) and is directed by Philippe Gagnon (“Amber Alert”). 

Check out the teaser trailer below!

In the meantime, you can watch the original 1980 horror classic Terror Train on Tubi right now for free!