Killer Klowns from Outer Space 4K UHD Review: The Bloody Circus Comes to Town

Killer Klowns from Outer Space, written, directed, produced, and starring the Chiodo Brothers (pronounced kee-oh-do) is a comedy/action/horror movie that is mad silly and mad fun all the way through. In the opening, several high school couples are making out on Lovers’ Lane when one of the couples, Mike Tobacco (Grant Cramer) and his girlfriend Debbie Stone (Suzanne Snyder), see what appears to be a bright meteor crashing just over the next hill. 

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A nearby farmer, Gene Green (Royal Dano), also sees the bright light and goes to investigate. He immediately finds the alien spaceship – a giant, bright circus tent – and he finds one of the aliens – a super-tall specimen with exaggerated features who looks like an evil circus clown. The clown wields some sort of tiny ray guy. We soon learn, as does poor Gene Green, that the ray gun zaps people into a sort of gelatinous food wrapped inside a poisonous cotton candy shell.

Mike and Debbie arrive where they expect to see a hole in the ground, but instead see the brightly lit circus tent. Mike is able to convince Debbie to enter the tent and explore, but it isn’t long before they come across the stores of pink, cotton candy made from humans, and one of the Killer Klowns. They immediately try to escape and are shot at by a popcorn bazooka. Another Klown tries to sniff them out using a balloon dog. Barely gaining safety, Mike and Debbie make their way into town to report what they have seen at the police station.

At the police station, they run into two, and the only two apparently, police officers. One is Debbie’s ex-boyfriend, Dave Hanson (John Allen Nelson) and his ass of a partner, Curtis Mooney (John Vernon). Nicely enough, Curtis is murdered in an excellent way when a Killer Klown uses his body as a ventriloquist’s dummy. The Klowns have entered the town where they perform all types of circus tricks to goad people into horrific, and horrifically funny, deaths.

The Chiodo Brothers star as clowns, produced the movie (all three), wrote it (Charles and Stephen), and directed it (Stephen). It is no surprise that the Chiodo Brothers were also very much involved with the creation of the extras. All three participated in the over an hour’s worth of documentaries covering various aspects of the making of the film, and sat for a very entertaining and informative audio commentary.

Bonus Features:

Disc One (4K UHD): 

  • New 4K Scan of the Original Camera Negative
  • Audio Commentary with the Chiodo Brothers

Disc Two (Blu-ray): 

  • New HD Restoration from 4K Scan of the Original Camera Negative
  • Audio Commentary with the Chiodo Brothers
  • “The Making of Killer Klowns” – 22-minute documentary on the making-of
  • “Komposing Klowns” – 13-minute documentary on the music
  • “Kreating Klowns” – 13-minute documentary on the art department
  • Visual Effects with Gene Warren, Jr. – 15-minute documentary on the optical effects
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Bloopers
  • Earliest Films of the Chiodo Brothers
  • Easter Eggs

With a fun story, witty special effects, and many interesting ways to die, Killer Klowns from Outer Space is a perfect fit for those who love kooky horror films. Scream Factory’s 35th Anniversary Edition two-disc set is available as a 4K UHD+ Blu-ray, as well as a Limited Edition 4K UHD+Blu-ray Steelbook

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Greg Hammond

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