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Killer Klowns from Outer Space
Directed by Stephen Chiodo
Produced by Charles Chiodo
Edward Chiodo
Stephen Chiodo
Written by Charles Chiodo
Edward Chiodo
Stephen Chiodo
Starring John Allen Nelson
Grant Cramer
Suzanne Snyder
John Vernon
Michael Siegel
Peter Licassi
Royal Dano
Music by John Massari
Cinematography Alfred Taylor
Editing by Christopher Roth
Distributed by Trans World Entertainment (TWE)
Release date(s) May 27, 1988 (USA)
Running time 88 min.
Country  United States
Language English
Budget $2,000,000 (estimated)

Killer Klowns From Outer Space is a 1988 American comedy horror movie, made by The Chiodo Brothers and starring Grant Cramer. It is the only Chiodo Brothers directed and written film - they have worked in many other projects in other roles, such as producing and visual effects. The film is about a race of aliens (who look like clowns) that arrive on Earth to capture and harvest people in order to use them as sustenance.



The film begins with two teenagers out for a romantic evening. An army of sadistic extraterrestrial life forms (who resemble clowns) from a futuristic spacefaring civilization land their circus tent ship in the sleepy American town of Crescent Cove (filmed in Watsonville, California). Farmer Gene Green and his dog Pooh-Bear go out to find "Haileys Comet" but they are murdered by the Klowns. Mike Tobacco (Cramer) and Debbie Stone (Snyder), the couple out for the 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." Mike and Debbie rush into town to warn others of the impending danger while the clowns follow them into town.

Naturally, they first try to warn the police. Their warnings are met with scorn by Sgt. Mooney, the police sgt., 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 Klown Army advances into Crescent Cove, inflicting a genocide during their occupation. They harvest the unsuspecting population, blasting random victims with a ray gun that cocoons them with cotton candy, with lethal results. The Klown Army uses 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 child's toy. Since the methods themselves appear whimsical, the townspeople don't know they are in danger until it's too late.

Hanson is taken to the hills where he sees the hole in the ground. Thinking him a liar Hanson places Mike under arrest. Meanwhile a Klown comes to a laughing motorcycle group and one of the thugs, who was apparently looking for trouble, decides to bully the Klown. The Biker destroys the Klowns bicicyle. The Klown punches the Bikers head off, much to the other thugs shock, causing them to flee. A little girl at "Big Top Burger" sees a Klown and is about to go out to the clown but her mother stops her in time much to the clown's anger. Hanson s only to discover Bob McReed's corpse. Adam Greene is driving when a Klown in an invisible car knocks him off a bridge (this part was supposed to be the exposition).

One of the Klowns appears inside Mooney's police station. Mooney, thinking the Klown is someone playing a prank on him, arrests it, throws it in a jail cell, and pledges to make the "pranker's" life a living Hell. After striking the Klown with his flashlight from behind, the Klown eerily turns his head around and strangles the police captain with a blowout, killing him.

Killer Klown.

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). Hanson later arrives at the police station and discovers Mooney dead and being used as a puppet by the Klown that slew him. A horrified Hanson shoots the Klown several times until he discovers that the klown's nose is a weak spot. After shooting the Klown's nose, the Klown dramatically spins around at almost speed of sound , until it eventually explodes, becoming the first Klown to be killed by a human.

While the town is being slaughtered, Debbie is attacked twice and taken away by the Klowns in a balloon.

Officer Hanson faces off against Klownzilla.

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 Klown Army has 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 victims' gelatinized bodies (Revealing that the Klowns are possibly liquivores).

Debbie is eventually freed, and the Terenzi Brothers' ice cream truck is crashed into their spaceship. Rich and Paul Terenzi, using their PA system on the truck, pretend to be the Klowns' leader, the great JoJo (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. They all run into the truck, but it won't start. The real JoJo, the leader of the Klown Army(standing at approx. thirty feet tall), emerges and all of the other Klowns run and hide. Mike, Debbie, and Hanson all run, but Rich and Paul stay in the truck "because it's a rental." JoJo seemingly kills Rich and Paul. A showdown between Hanson and "Klownzilla" ensues, while Mike and Debbie are told to escape. Hanson is easily caught by the Klown's clutches. The Klown brings Hanson to his face and in turn is destroyed by Hanson who uses his police badge to penetrate the Klown's nose. It and the alien's spaceship explode. Despite everything, the heroes and the Terenzis survive unscathed, and apparently some of the soldier of the Klown army survive as well.

Deleted Scenes shown on DVD

  • There is a scene where Mike and Debbie are in the tent and they talk about how awesome the tent is and Debbie tells Mike about a time where she was 5 years old and clowns lifted her up out of her seat and how everyone was laughing at her (this scene was revived on the TV versions).
  • There is a scene where Mike Hanson and Debbie are walking on a tightrope with a staircase shape at the end and when they enter the next room and Mike and Hanson get into an argument about which route to take and then a trio of Klowns is in one of the doors Mike selects but Dave shoots them and shuts the door but another clown comes from below and captures Debbie but Mike and Hanson free her and run into the hallway that led to the end with a doorway(with four doors that get smaller and smaller)(this scene was deleted because the gag didn't work out for the movie well enough for the directors approval).


Actor Role
Grant Cramer Mike Tobacco
Suzanne Snyder Debbie Stone
John Allen Nelson Dave Hanson
John Vernon Curtis Mooney
Michael Siegel Rich Terenzi
Peter Licassi Paul Terenzi
Royal Dano Farmer Gene Green
Chris Titus Bob McReed
Irene Michaels Stacy
Karla Sue Krull Tracy

Action figure and collectors masks

In 2006 SOTA Toys produced a Killer Klown figurine as part of their Now Playing movie action figures line.

Tower Records Killer Klown variant figure.

There are two such figures. The first is the most common Klown in the movie, a Klown warrior armed with a 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 vibrant red and purple highlights. 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 (similar to those the aliens use at end of the movie to pummel the heroes). Though the latter Klown model is considered a one-off variant, it can clearly be seen near the end of the film as one of the first Klowns to reveal itself. It can also be seen earlier in the film during the Klown parade, where it is one of the two Klowns pushing the vacuum that collects the cotton candy cocoons. The only discrepancy is that the figurine comes with a white bat, rather than one of the red ones wielded in the film.There's a Shadow Puppet Bozo action figure also.

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).

SOTA discontinued their Klown figures, but in 2008 Amoktime Toys announced they had purchased the license and their first Klown , "Shorty" will be available July 2009. Their Klowns are in scale with the Amoktime piece and according to Toyfair and the sculptor they have also bought the Shadow Klown aka Slim prototype from Sota and plan to produce it next. They have also mentioned a desire to do a Klownzilla piece in the future.

In 2007 Bump in the night productions began selling a line of officially licensed killer klowns masks props and costumes. The line consisted of mask of over sized collectors masks of the characters slim, shorty, and fatso.

The following year they released their Klownzilla and storefront Klown masks. They also sell the popcorn Klowns in a static prop and hand puppet version as well as full klown costumes.

As of October of 2009 all of their killer Klowns pieces are still available.


Killer Klowns has become a cult favorite. According to the commentary, the Chiodo Brothers are planning to make a sequel to the movie.

An audio sample of the movie is used in the song Thy Staleness, by the hip hop group the Insane Clown Posse.

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Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Killer Klowns From Outer Space is a 1988 film about aliens, who look like clowns, that come from outer space in their circus-tent shaped spaceship to terrorize a small town.

Directed by Stephen Chiodo. Written by Charles Chiodo, Edward Chiodo, and Stephen Chiodo.
In Space, No One Can Eat Ice Cream! Taglines


Farmer Gene Green

  • [to his dog, after finding the big top in the woods] Look Pooh, I love the circus. Maybe we can get some free passes.
  • [after just witnessing the blinding light] Did you see that little ole sky doggie zip down there Pooh?
  • Well I'll be greased and fried!
  • Well I'll be hornswaggled!
  • What in the blue blazes is the circus doing here in these parts?
  • I don't know Pooh, you know there's something kinda peculiar around here.
  • Where's the dang ticket booth?
  • [Discovering Pooh has been dognapped] What in tarnation is going on here!
  • Where's my dog?! Where's my Pooh Bear?!


  • Curtis Mooney: They took your wife away in a balloon? Well you don't need the police, pal, you need a psychiatrist!
  • Curtis Mooney: I made it through Korea I can make it through this bullshit!
  • Amusement Park Guard: What are ya gonna do with those pies, boys?
  • Paul Terenzi: [as Jo-Jo The Ice Cream Clown] I'm Jo-Jo the ice cream clown, we'll give you a stick, you'll give it a lick. And it'll tickle you all the way down. Ice cream, ice cream, we brought our goodies here to you! A tasty treat for while you screw! Let's take a break! Cool off those hot lips with our frozen fruity bars! Icy-wicy, fudgy-wudgy bars. And everyone's frozen delight, the lick a stick!
  • Debbie Stone: Nobody's gonna put me in a balloon again!


[Watching the stars, suddenly a bright light appears and disappears]
Mike Tobacco: Did you see that?
Debbie Stone: Yeah I saw that! That was incredible!

Debbie Stone: We were up at "the top of the world" and we saw this shooting star and we decided to go look for it. But instead of finding the shooting star we saw this... this circus tent. And that's when we went inside, and that is when we saw those people in those... those pink, cotton candy cocoons. Dave, it was not a circus tent. It was something else.
Dave Hanson: What? What?
Mike Tobacco: It was a space ship. And there was these things, these killer clowns, and they shot popcorn at us! We barely got away!
Curtis Mooney: Killer clowns, from outer space. Holy shit!

Curtis Mooney: (above quote in TV version)Killer clowns, from outer space. Holy smoke!


  • In Space, No One Can Eat Ice Cream!
  • Alien Bozos With An Appetite For Close Encounters.
  • Horrific Harlequins With An Appetite For Close Encounters!
  • Big Top...Big Shoes...Big Teeth!!
  • (from trailer) Killer Klowns From Outer Space...It's Crazy!


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