Killer Klowns From Outer Space (Chiodo Brothers in person!)

The Chiodo Brothers trio are masters of the wondrous and sadly fading art of special effects puppetry. Their handiwork (pun intended!) has spanned decades, from the toothy fur balls in the Critters franchise to the gun-toting, epically vomiting marionettes in Team America: World Police — and in 1988, the planets aligned to let the brothers pool their collective creativity/borderline madness into their own feature film. The result: the dementedly hilarious gonzo classic Killer Klowns From Outer Space, about a sinister race of ugly-as-hell alien clowns hellbent on harvesting lipsmackin’, delicious humans. Effortlessly tapping into the freaky-funny nature of clowns, the Chiodos offer up a sideshow of loony danger with balloon animal guard dogs, deadly fun houses, human ventriloquist dummies, flesh-eating cotton candy, a pitch-perfect teeter-tottering theme song by The Dickies — and Animal House’s John Vernon doing what he does best: grumbling about punk kids! The Chiodo Brothers will be here in person for a Q&A after the film!

Dir. Stephen Chiodo, 1988, 35mm, 88 min.

Watch the trailer for “Killer Klowns From Outer Space”!

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