Alien Horror Week – Movie 3: Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988)–Now This… This is A Movie You Should Watch
1988’s way over the top, Killer Klowns From Outer Space tells the tale of a group of evil aliens that come to Earth, specifically Crescent Cove, California, in their space craft to harvest humans. Pretty typical of a Sci-Fi horror film, I know, but these aliens look like demented clowns, and their space ship looks like a giant circus tent.
Starting off with a farmer going to investigate what looked like a comet that has fallen to Earth (he thinks it is Halley’s Comet), and stumbling across the Circus tent like Alien spacecraft, he and his dog are quickly captured by the Aliens. Now, of course the Farmer wasn’t the only one to see this shooting star like object. Mike (Grant Cramer), and his girlfriend Debbie (Suzanne Snyder), decide to also check it out. They find the spacecraft (just like the farmer did), and manage to find a way in, where they discover the remains of the farmer and his dog, cocooned in a cotton candy like substance (hey – they’re alien clowns… errr “Klowns”), and themselves just barely missing being capture by one of the aliens. After a hairy escape (including being chased by a balloon animal, they head to the police station. They tell their story to officer Dave Hanson (John Allen Nelson), who happens to be Debbie’s ex boyfriend. The story, of course sounds ridiculous – I mean, really? Space Alien Clowns? Bodies cocooned in cotton candy? It’s fair to say that Dave is is sceptical, but his fellow officer, the gruff jerk of a cop Mooney (played by the awesome John Vernon) calls them outright liars and wants to put them in jail for making up stories about murders and such. Dave at least agrees to chesk out what they are saying as they did say a couple of people were killed. Dropping Debbie off first (against her wishes), Mike takes Dave out to where they found the ship and the bodies, but unfortunately the ship is no longer there and Dave thinks they made the whole thing up and places under arrest. Well with the clowns loose in the town and more and more people falling victim to their ridiculously amusing weapons and ways, Dave and Mike don’t get far before Dave sees for himself the Killer Klowns and what they are capable of. Meanwhile, back at the police station, Maloney has himself that the entire town is trying to mess with his head with a coordinated series of call from all over town about killer clowns. When Dave calls into the station and instructs Maloney to call for back up, describing the Klown menace, he just thinks Dave is in on the whole thing to and refuses to get or give help. It’s not until one actually strolls into the station that he actually realizes this isn’t hoax. Of coarse, by that time… well, you know. So it’s all up to Mike, Dave and Debbie to infiltrate the Klown ship and save the day… Okay, I left a whole bunch out there at the end because I realized I was just rattling off the movie instead of reviewing it. I don’t want to do that. What I do want is for you to watch this movie because it’s cool, crazy and funny and desreves to be watched by soimeone who can appreciate it for what it is: a fun movie. No one can argue that it isn’t original – Hell, I doubt there is any movie that even resembles this film. A crazy concept, wrapped in a funny script and created by people that must love the genre, this is a film for any Sci-Fi/Horror or Comedy fan. Yeah, it is ridiculous, but it is supposed to be so. Sure, if you watch this movie expecting it to be a serious horror/sci-fi film, you will be mistaken – and most likely stupid, too. I mean, really: it’s about Killer Aliens from space that travel in a Circus tent space craft and look like demented clowns. Still,
it’s great ands it’s fun and you should watch it. Oh, you already saw it? Well, see it again!
Check out the trailer below:
So, I saw this post/opinion piece from the always great site, cinemassacre.com on the greatest horror films from multiple horror genres (or sub-genres I guess). Check out the original post here: http://cinemassacre.com/2012/09/19/best-horror-films/
or watch the youtube post here – either way, make sure you go to their site now and return often – good stuff over there!
Ed wood, creator of what is arguably the worst movie ever, Plan 9 From Outer Space, made more than just that one movie. He made quite a few movies and Bride of the Monster is one of those movies.
Starring an ageing and in poor health Bela Lugosi as Doctor Eric Vornoff who, with the help of his mute, physically powerful assistant Lobo (played by Tor Johnson) creates super powerful being with the use of atomic power. The town that he has taken up residence in is suddenly awash in disappearances and reports of monster sightings. Coincidence? Well, most likely not.
The local police force, a mysterious scientist that reports to specialize in monsters, and a female reported from the local paper all take up the cause to find the source of the monsters. Of course, the female reporter is quickly captured by Lobo and taken to Dr. Vornoff to be part of his evil experiments. Everyone else spends there time trying to find and then defeat the Doctor. Throw in plot elements that don’t connect to anything else, terrible dialogue and performances that make an elementary school play look like an Ocsar Award winning production. It’s dumb and fun – filled with stock footage and cheeziness – keep your eye out for Lugosi’s epic battle with his own giant Octopus monster – a classic scene in it’s own right.
This is a bad film, but it had so much charm I just had to like it. Despite being of poor health and suffering from years of morphine addiction, Bela Lugosi is compelling and interesting performance. And there is something else: despite making bad movies, I really get the feeling that Ed Wood genuinely loved movies, and the act of making them. This, to me comes through in these terrible films of his.
Yes, this is a bad film that I thoroughly enjoyed watching. I DO recommend this one, if you can trade quality for charm. This movie is now in the public domain which means it is freely and legally available – In fact, the whole film is available on Youtube. You should get some popcorn, leave your sense of disbeliefe at the door, grab a seat and watch it.
Here is a trailer:
And here is the whole mess of a film for your enjoyment:
A British Sci-Fi film from 1967, They Came from Beyond Space is a lack lustre, uninspired flick that barely kept my attention.
The premise is that what seem to meteors fall to earth. When they are investigated by top scientists, those scientists become controlled by another, alien intelligence that puts them to work on a plan to build ships to help these Aliens to return to their original planet. One scientist is not affected as he has a silver plate in his skull from surgery after a car accident – the plate interferes with the mind control method used by these aliens. This scientist leads the battle against the aliens. Add a plague that makes peoplk seem dead, so that the aliens can take the bodies to the moon where they are revived and used as slaves.
There you go – that is They Came From Beyond Space. Should you watch it? You decide. It is freely available as it has slipped into the public domain.
Here is a clip:
And here is the whole movie:
Ah, Italian Sci-Fi movies or Spaghetti Sci-Fi as I like to refer to them – a special kind of bad movies, and Starcrash is one of those. Released shortly after Star Wars took the world by storm and attempting to ride on it’s coat tails, Starcrash fails in almost every way as a movie. That was expected, though.
A couple of smugglers, the scantily clad Stella Star (played by Caroline Munroe) whos is apparently one of the best space pilots (and ass kickers) and Akton (played by Marjoe Gotner) are forced to search for the Galactic Emperor’s only son, Simon (Played surprisingly by David Hasselhoff – the Galactic Emperor is played by Christopher Plummer) who was lost when the ship he was on was hit by a beam that made the crew turn insane. They are tracking three escape pods to three different planets – of course each planet full of a different kind of danger. Throw in a faithful, powerful robot companion, Elle (played by Hamilton Camp), and you have the making of a cast and crew. There’s also a fair amount of bad stop motion animation with some of the evil robotic enemies – always enjoyable.
Stella’s companion Akton has several super powers (like seeing the future and restoring life) and the Emperor’s son Simon has a light sword that he uses to defeat some of those aforementioned bad robots.
There’s a big bad guy, Count Zarth (played by Joe Spinell) who is behind all the trouble.
The rest is cheeze – pure cheeze.
This one I have to say is a must watch – terrible but a must watch. It’s too dumb not to be – plus it is available for free on Youtube as an episode of Mystery Science Theatre 3000. Caroline Munro looks hot (as usual – in her 1970’s way, that is), and this is just pure fun.
Check out a clip here:
Watch the whole movie here (with cheezy comentary via Mystery Science 3000):
Watched the 2006 Horror/Sci-Fi (and kind of Zombie) flick, Slither the other day and absolutely loved it. Starring Michael Rooker, Nathan Fillion and Elizabeth Banks, this is a wild ride of a film. An ancient alien life form falls to Earth meteorically, and takes up residence inside Michael Rooker’s character, eventually transforming him into a carnivorous fleshy tentacled monster that take over the town by hijacking the residents by using a grossly interesting method (watch the movie to find out how). There’s a lot going on in this movie and I enjoyed it from start to finish. Unusually (when you take in to account the movies I have talked about in this blog), this movie has a decent budget, cast and effects. I unreservedly suggest this movie as a must watch if you like sci-fi horror flicks, that is.
Check out the trailer below: