Movie Review: KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE (Special Edition) Blu-ray

KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE was directed by Stephen Chiodo from a screenplay by Charles Chiodo, Edward Chiodo and Stephen Chiodo and stars Grant Cramer, Suzanne Snyder, John Allen Nelson, Royal Dano, Michael Siegel, Peter Licassi and John Vernon. The score is by John Massari. The movie features the equally awesome and catchy theme song by The Dickies.

Step aside Pennywise… These Killer Klowns from Outer Space are outta this world literally! and they re packing deadly popcorn guns and cotton candy cocoons! When Mike and his girlfriend Debbie warn the local police that a gang of homicidal alien-clowns have landed in the nearby area (in a spaceship shaped like a circus big-top, no less), the cops are naturally sceptical. Before long however, reports are coming in from other anxious residents detailing similar run-ins with the large-shoed assailants. There can no longer be any doubt the Killer Klowns from Outer Space are here, and they re out to turn the Earth s population into candy floss!

The movie follows Mike (Grant Cramer) and Debbie (Suzanne Snyder) who discover that an alien invasion is looming and these extraterrestrials happen to look like klowns and their spaceship resembles a circus big top. They end up narrowly escaping their first encounter with the visitors and report it to the local authorities but they’re skeptical in the beginning because the story is just so out of this world and so hard to believe. Of course, it doesn’t take long for the invaders to reveal themselves to the locals and they have a sinister plan. The killer klowns start making their rounds in and around the small town collecting unsuspecting victims where they place them in giant cotton candy cocoons and take them back to their ship. Mike and Debbie team up with a few friends and take the battle to the killer klowns to try and save what’s left of their small town and in the end they find a way to defeat these creepy cool alien invaders – or do they? Pie in the face! 

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back include movie details, some images and list of special features. The reversible sleeve features some original and newly commissioned artwork by Sara Deck so you have your pick of which side you’d like to use as the front cover. The Blu-ray disc also features some artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. Arrow Video has given Killer Klowns a brand new restoration from a 4K scan of the original camera negative. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, I was already a huge fan of Killer Klowns from Outer Space and this Special Edition Blu-ray from Arrow Video is the ultimate prize compared to any of the previous home video releases we’ve gotten over the years and there’s been quite a few. This is the ultimate horror-comedy that pays homage to the classic 50’s drive-in B-movies and has really stood the test of time. The story is your typical alien invasion deal but it’s these characters that are the heart and soul of this cheesy good sci-fi cinematic experience and I’m talking about the humans as well as the creepy cool klowns. Needless to say, the cast did a great job with their characters and both sides are so much fun to follow – the protagonists and the antagonists.

There’s something special about the Chiodo brothers’ imagination and the fact that this was Stephen Chiodo’s directorial debut is really impressive. It’s crazy to think that this has been his one and only directing effort and the fans have been begging for more since this movie first released back in 1988. The fanbase continues to grow to this very day and shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon. The Chiodo brothers are known for their special effects and Killer Klowns is an epic showcase of old school practical effects and how awesome they can look if executed to perfection. You have to love and appreciate these practical effects used in this low budget production. Moving right along, this has been one of my personal favorites for a really long time now and I always have a blast revisiting it and now it looks and sounds better than ever thanks to Arrow Video. Killer Klowns from Outer Space will be available on this fantastic single disc Special Edition Blu-ray in the U.S. on April 24th and comes highly recommended.

Distributor: Arrow Video

Run Time: 86 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: Good Stuff! The impressive list of extras include some audio commentary, behind-the-scenes featurettes, interviews with some of the cast and crew, auditions, deleted scenes, bloopers, the theatrical trailer and images.

  • Brand new restoration from a 4K scan of the original camera negative
  • Archive audio commentary with the Chiodo Brothers
  • Let the Show Begin! Anatomy of a Killer Theme Song an all-new interview with the original members of the
  • American punk band, The Dickies (10:38)
  • The Chiodos Walk Among Us: Adventures in Super 8 Filmmaking – all-new documentary highlighting the making of the Chiodo Brothers childhood films, from the giant monster epics made in their basement to their experiments in college (23:41)
  • New HD transfers of the complete collection of the Chiodo Brothers 8mm and Super 8 films, including Land of Terror, Free Inside, Beast from the Egg, and more!
  • Tales of Tobacco an interview with star Grant Cramer (18:01)
  • Debbie’s Big Night an interview with star Suzanne Snyder (10:39)
  • Bringing Life to These Things a tour of Chiodo Bros. Productions (07:58)
  • The Making of Killer Klowns archive production featurette (21:40)
  • Visual Effects with Gene Warren Jr. archive interview with co-writer/producer Charles Chiodo and visual effects supervisor Gene Warren Jr. (14:52)
  • Kreating Klowns archive interview with Charles Chiodo and creature fabricator Dwight Roberts (12:50)
  • Komposing Klowns archive interview with composer John Massari (13:15)
  • Klown Auditions (03:56)
  • Deleted Scenes with filmmaker s audio commentary (04:36)
  • Killer Bloopers (02:49)
  • Image Galleries
  • Original Theatrical Trailer (01:53)


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