Killer Klowns from Outer Space

Coulrophobia, the fear of clowns, it’s something apparently absolutely no one in the small town of … well … I can’t actually remember where the small town is, it’s not important; what is important is that no one living there has coulrophobia. If they did, they might react differently when creepy ass looking clowns turn up. Even before they start killing people, if creepy ass clowns turn up in my town I am getting in my car and leaving, possibly hitting a few as I go, or at least trying to. I would definitely not just be like ‘oh cool, a clown, I’ll just hang around here watching its clown antics till it kills the crap out of me’. If you really need a plot synopsis it reads as follows: Clowns come from outer space. They kill people. There are a couple of other things going on, like a halfhearted romance but really this is all about seeing clowns kill people in all manner of amusing ways. It’s about the least scary thing you’ll ever see, even if you are scared of clowns, but that isn’t really the point I suppose. There is a brilliant performance here by a guy who I think looks a tiny bit like Liam Neeson – except he just says badass things and doesn’t actually back them up with badassery – he’s the local cop who simply can’t believe all this clown nonsense, and has brilliant lines like ‘I made it through Korea I can make it through this bullshit!’ – what a hero. It all looks pretty good though, considering it was made over a hundred years ago in 1988, and probably had a budget of about seven dollars, the  clown weaponry is suitably … clown-ey for sure. If you delve into the world of film academia you’ll find no end of readings of horror films that view the bad guys as somehow representing some important social issue, usually communism or something, but, I mean, if you are renting a movie called Killer Klowns from outer space, I am pretty sure this is exactly the film you would be expecting.

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