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Killer Klowns From Outer Space

review by Zach B.

 

Rated: PG-13

Running Time: 86 minutes

Starring: Grant Cramer, Suzanne Snyder, John Allen Nelson, Royal Dano and John Vernon

Written by: Charles Chiodo & Stephen Chiodo

Directed by: Stephen Chiodo

 

Studio: MGM

Retail Price: $14.98

Features: Audio Commentary with the Chiodo Brothers, The Making Of Killer Klowns, Komposing Klowns, Visual Effects with Gene Warren Jr., Kreating Klowns, Chiodo Brothers' Earliest Films, Killer Bloopers, Storyboard Gallery, Photo Gallery, Theatrical Trailer

Specs: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Stereo Surround, French Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, English Closed Captions, Scene Selections (16 Scenes)

Released: August 28th, 2001

 

 

Clowns from outer space are invading a small town, mysteriously killing people. With a spaceship that looks like a circus tent, no one could believe that these "klowns" could be killing people, they're just friendly circus folk, right? Of course not. Now it's up to Mike and his friends to stop them before they take over earth. But will they? Can they?

"Killer Klowns From Outer Space" is a cult classic. A lot of people hate this movie... but a lot love it. It's so cheesy and such a B-movie, it's simply why people love it to death. It's a whole lot of fun. I know some people who are freaked out by this movie (maybe they are afraid of clowns?), but a lot I know really, really happen to enjoy it. It's a movie you simply cannot take seriously... you're supposed to have fun with it. The short running time, the overacting that's downright terrible fun and just such a weird and nutty concept.

Chiodo Brothers have worked on other films before, but this is their really only big production and of course, what everyone knows them for. They create an admirable movie with great B-movie kitsch: cheesy but special effects you can't help but enjoy, nice camera angles that give it that feel and of course, that fun script.

If you've never seen this cult classic, check it out and you'll understand why it has such a tremendous following all thirteen years later after its original debut. Some of you are going to hate it... but please don't. Just don't take it seriously, have fun and enjoy it for what it is. It's laughable and entertaining. A simple joy, and a simple joy for years to come.

 

 

Presented in a 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer, "Killer Klowns From Outer Space" looks pretty good. There are pieces of dirt, a good deal of edge enhancment and it can be soft at times. Other than that, this is a nice transfer! Detail and black levels are really strong, color saturation is nice and doesn't go overboard. The clowns themselves look rather vibrant. It really radiates a nice 80s feel to it as well.

 

The audio surprised me. There's an English Stereo Surround track that has surprisingly high fidelity and strong dynamics. Dialogue is crisp and clear, as sound elements seemed clean up. There is a good presence to the track, that's for sure. Sound effects and music sound good as well. Sure it has its limits, and it is flawed (there is hiss), but this track took me by surprise and does work really well with the movie. Very cool. English closed captions and subtitles in Spanish and French are also included.

 

Part of the Midnite Movies collection, this disc sure is packed. We begin with an Audio Commentary with the Chiodo Brothers. This track is really nice and a whole lot of fun, just like the movie itself. They share some laughs and jokes, offer praise for the cast and crew and share some interesting, if somewhat insightful production stories. They're quite enthusiastic too... awesome track.

Under Killer Klown Featurettes, we're treated to five of them. The Making Of Killer Klowns has clips from the movie, behind the scenes footage, storyboards and new interviews with the Chiodo Brothers (they're quite charming and funny). They talk about the original concept and how they all loved it, making the film and more. A great watch.

Komposing Klowns has an interview with John Massari, the man behind the music in the film. Massari is nice and talks about getting the project, how proud he is and the like. He talks about advice he was given, how he went for the music and for what scenes and how it all came together in the end. Clips from the film are also included. Really, really interesting.

Visual Effects with Gene Warren Jr. is another full frame featurette. Included with him in the inteview is Charlie Chiodo. This discusses the effects. How they were done, storyboarded out and the like. There's a surprisingly large amount to this, and it is quite informative. In Kreating Klowns we learn the various amount of elements when doing designs for the Klowns. We see storyboards, behind the scenes footage and film clips. We learn how things were accomplished as well. This is pretty fun. Finally in this section we are treated to the Chiodo Brothers' Earliest Films. We watch some of their earlier work with their commentary. This is quite fun and neat. You can see their love of special effects and far out stuff here.

We have two full frame Deleted Scenes with optional commentary from the Chiodos. "Bad Experience" (which has been in some TV versions of the film) and "Tight Rope." Quite cool.

Rounding it out is a Storyboard Gallery, Killer Bloopers (pretty funny), a Photo Gallery and the anamorphic widescreen Theatrical Trailer.

 

A cult classic for sure, MGM has served up a fine edition for "Killer Klowns From Outer Space." With a great transfer, strong sound and fine supplements, for a great price, this is a film for any buff's DVD collection.