Revisiting the “Classics”: KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE
Yes. They are vampires. Let’s just get that out of the way. They cocoon their prey like spiders do–they use some substance resembling cotton candy to do it, instead of silk–and then they drink their imprisoned prey dry, also like spiders do. Unlike spiders, the Klowns use a straw, a crazy straw, in fact, but this is just a triviality.
How can one criticize a movie like KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE? Call it stupid? Of COURSE it’s stupid. It’s SUPPOSED to be stupid. They WANTED stupid. Silly? Facile? The same applies. That’s what they were going for. The movie is all those things. It’s also funny. Sometimes I find stupid humor too juvenile to be humorous. As an example, I submit all those MEET THE SPARTANS IN ANOTHER SCARY TEEN MOVIE-type films, which are far too childish to amuse me. But isn’t KILLER KLOWNS childish, too? It is. But it has enough of an edge to it to make it tasty. Also, it is a Horror movie, albeit a satirical one. I’m not as hard on Horror movies, and yet I go harder on them, too. Flicks like, for example, CABIN FEVER, which remains the worst movie I’ve ever had the misfortune of sitting through, will always be subject to my unrestrained ire. KILLER KLOWNS is supposed to be stupid, and as a result it ends up being a hoot. CABIN FEVER is merely mediocre. It wallows in its mediocrity. It is stupid by accident, or worse, laziness. It stinks like sewage. KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE may be empty calories the way cotton candy is empty calories. It may be pure sugar. But it’s fun. That’s more than can be said for many an exercise in cinematic mediocrity.