Mar 16, 2008

Killer Klowns from Outer Space

Killer Klowns From Outer Space is one of the most memorable films from my early childhood (before elementary school). I have never been afraid of clowns. I have always just thought of them as conspiring killers and murderers with a slight silent charm. Killer Klowns From Outer Space may have warped my mind at a young, but also introduced me to the weird world of carnival horror. I was always more terrified by musicals like The Sound of Music.


Turning people into gigantic cocoons of cotton candy was great idea by the Chiodo brothers (who acted as the writers, producers, and directors of KKFOS). I still haven’t decided whether or not I would consider the Killer Klowns vampires. Drinking blood through a child’s straw isn’t quite Gothic enough. Many people I know can’t even watch Killer Klowns From Outer Space due to their clown phobia. I don’t see what is so scary about killer popcorn. It excites me.

Killer Klowns From Outer Space features a score by overrated punk band The Dickies. The theme song that they provide for the films is by far their greatest effort. It adds another angle to the films cartoonish and fun filled horror.


One of my favorite scenes is when a klown plays a police officer like a ventriloquist dummy. This scene has a weird and perverse sexual element. Finally the “asshole” cop seems to have entered (or someone else’s hand has) a happy place. This scene was one of the most terrifying to me as a young child.

Killer Klowns from Outer Space also pays tribute to Alfred Hitchcock’s tranny Oedipal Rex masterpiece Psycho. Instead of the shower scene, we experience that wrath of a toilet. Alfred Hitchcock had a phobia of eggs. I doubt he would have wanted to lay one in the toilet featured in Killer Klowns from Outer Space.


-Ty E

1 comment:

jervaise brooke hamster said...

why couldn`t the ventriloquist`s dummy scene have been done with a female police officer then the clown would have been heterosexual instead of a dirty pansy queer bastard.