Thursday, July 25, 2013
Day Two Hundred and Six - Killer Klowns From Outer Space, "ANOTHER DOOR?!"
One such "classic" is Killer Klowns... a 80's b-movie that would've done quite well at the drive-in, were there any left around.
It's camp and unapologetic about it. In fact, I think they kind of revel in it. The animatronic masks are cheesy as all get out, even as they fit quite well as nightmare fuel, and the Klowns that wear them are big, lumbering oafs that can barely pantomime their stage direction.
That said, as horrible as the effects and acting are (especially from the leads), it's a fun little gag movie.
I especially like the kill sequences. When the Klowns are out and about, harvesting humans who aren't in the know, there are quite a few scenes of goofy, one-off attacks. Standouts for me were the Punch & Judy bit and the Shadow Puppets.
To be honest, I was actually kinda surprised that they didn't fall back on the good old horror movie trope of gratuitous nudity. This was the 80's, after all, and it's not like they didn't have a scene or two where they could've gone for it. I don't know whether to laud them their decision for taking the high road or shake my head at the wasted opportunity to put more frat boys in seats.
Still, they managed to keep a PG-13 rating, which is rare for a horror movie, so I guess I cannot blame them their stylistic and editorial choices.
Also kudos to John Vernon for his appearance as the gruff deputy who gets turned into a marionette. Most folks probably remember him from Animal House, but this is a fun role for him as well. I kind of wish they could've done more with that bit, but oh well.
Killer Klowns From Outer Space is good old, campy fun that's generally safe for the whole family to enjoy. Sure, the Klowns might be a bit too much for the really young, but it's actually rather cathartic to see the demonic jesters get taken down.
Until tomorrow, Potatoes~