Killer Klowns From Outer Space is a 1988 movie, made by the Chiodo Brothers and starring Grant Cramer.
The film is about aliens (who look like clowns) that arrive on Earth to capture and kill people.
A special edition of the film is available on DVD.
An army of sadistic alien life forms, who look remarkably like our concept of a clown, land their circus tent ship in the sleepy American town of Crescent Cove (filmed in Santa Cruz, California). Mike Tobacco (Cramer) and Debbie Stone (Snyder), out for a romantic evening, spot the newcomers and decide to investigate. They soon encounter the Klowns and barely escape capture, having been shot at by a "popcorn gun." At first, it seems the popcorn functions simply to track the fleeing teens, but another purpose is revealed later in the movie. Mike and Debbie rush into town to warn others of the impending danger.
Naturally, they first try to warn the police. Their warnings are met with scorn by Sgt. Mooney, convinced that the couple are nothing more than kids trying to pull a prank. They are viewed with equal skepticism by another police officer, Dave Hanson (John Allen Nelson). Hanson also happens to be Debbie's ex-boyfriend, and his dislike of Mike is evident.
Meanwhile, the Klowns make their way into Crescent Cove. They harvest the unsuspecting population, blasting random victims with a ray gun that coccoons them with cotton candy, with lethal results. The Klowns use a variety of seemingly innocent methods to ensnare their victims such as killer shadow puppets, bloodhound-like balloon animals and a ray gun that looks like a children's toy. Since the methods themselves appear whimsical, the townspeople don't know they are in danger until it's too late.
When Officer Hanson sees a Klown use a Tyrannosaurus rex shadow puppet to capture a group of townspeople waiting for a bus, he is finally convinced of the danger and offers to help Mike and Debbie (who have also recruited the Terenzi brothers, a pair of local goof-offs who drive an ice cream truck). But for Sgt. Mooney, it is too late. After imprisoning a Klown who has entered the police station ("I'm supposed to read you your rights, but you're in Mooney's jail; and you ain't GOT no rights!"), Mooney is strangled by a taser-like weapon wielded by the creature. In a delicious irony, Mooney--having repeatedly declared that "no one's going to make a dummy out of me!"--is horribly desecrated by the Klown: it paints his face and jams a hand into his mediastinum, thereby gaining control of Mooney's motor functions and effectively making a puppet out of him. A mortified Officer Hansen witnesses this and pulls his sidearm on the Klown. Shooting the Klown's torso has no effect, but when a bullet strikes the Klown's big red nose, this ignites a dramatic explosion. The Klown vanishes, and Dave has found the way to defeat the Klowns.
While the Klown army is carrying out a genocide all around Crescent Cove, Debbie is at home taking a shower. While bathing, the popcorn that one of the clowns fired at her begins to act strangely. When she steps out of the shower, she is attacked by several Jack-in-the-box-like creatures with clown heads. Debbie fends off the creatures with hairspray and a shower sprayer. It is possible these creatures may have been young space clowns, as the clown who used a shadow puppet to capture the group waiting by the bustop is seen putting his hands into a bag full of popcorn afterwards. While trying to escape, Debbie is captured by the Klowns. But instead of being turned into cotton candy, she is imprisoned in a balloon. Why she is taken alive is not stated in the movie. However she was not the only person to be taken away in a balloon.
Debbie is taken back to the Klowns' "Big Top" circus tent-spaceship. Mike, Officer Hanson and the Terenzi brothers pursue them. It is there that they discover why the Klowns have been capturing people. By cocooning them inside their cotton candy, the Klowns gelatinize the humans' bodies into a liquid that is digestible. Vast numbers of victims (a majority of the town's population) are being stored aboard Big Top. The Klowns insert a crazy straw into the cotton candy, sucking the deceased victim's gelatinized bodies.
Debbie is eventually freed, and a hole is crashed into Big Top by the Terenzi Brothers' ice cream truck. Rich and Paul Terenzi, using their PA system, pretend to be the Klowns' leader (there's a giant clown's head with a sugar cone-hat on top of the truck). They tell the Klowns to let Mike, Debbie, and Officer Hanson go. But then a giant "Master Klown," roughly 30 feet tall, descends from the ceiling: Klownzilla, the "King Klown," presumably the leader of the aliens. The Master Klown violently throws the Terenzi Brothers' ice cream truck across the ship (with the Terenzi Brothers in it), resulting in a fiery explosion. Officer Hanson creates a diversion so Mike and Debbie can escape. He defeats the Master Klown by popping its big red nose (the Klowns' only weakness) with his badge. Master Klown blows up, and so does Big Top in mid-liftoff, but Officer Hanson and the Terenzi brothers all survive (Rich and Paul took cover in the freezer, with the ice cream, when their truck exploded; during the Big Top explosion, they and Dave all hid in a Klown Kar, which literally falls out of the sky). The movie ends with a bunch of cream pies being dumped on the heroes.
Actor Sam Rockwell appears in his film debut in an uncredited role as a busboy.
The opening and end credits feature The Dickies performing the film's theme, "Killer Klowns".
The movie's tagline: "In space no one can eat ice cream" parodied that of the 1979 Ridley Scott film Alien.
This movie was a parody of "The Blob" which starred Steve McQueen.
The hardcore/emo band "Chiodos" stated in an interview that their name was taken from the production company's name of "Killer Klowns..."
On the DVD Commentary, it was stated that Charles Chiodo portrayed "Klownzilla" in film.
In 2006 Sota Toys produced a Killer Klown figurine as part of their Now Playing movie action figures line.
There are two such figures. The main and basic (and probably most seen klown in the movie) Klown warrior armed with deadly popcorn blaster, cotton candy coccoon victim, and a colourful base with a pole to hang the deceased. A Tower Records exclusive figure of the same Klown mold has a radical blue paint scheme with red and vibrant purple hilights. This warrior comes with all the same accessories as the regular Klown with the exception of the blaster. Instead he is equipped with a sinister bat like the ones the aliens carried towards the end of the movie in order to pummel the heroes to death.Though this Klown is considered a one off variant but if one looks closely at the end of the movie when the Klowns attempt to beat the heroes with the bats this Klown can clearly be seen as one of the first to reveal themselves.He also can be seen earlier in the film at the Klown parade where the Klowns ride a machine to pick up all of the cotton candy cocoons and he is one of the two Klowns pushing the vacuum to pick up the cocoons.An odd feature is that the figure comes with a white bat rather than the red one he wielded in the movie.
SOTA's Jerry Macaluso has stated that he would like to create a mega-size "Klownzilla" figure (approx.size up to 20 inches high or more);the infamous giant Klown from the final battle of the movie.