Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)

PG-13 | 88 mins | Horror, Comedy, Science fiction | 3 June 1988

Director:

Stephen Chiodo

Cinematographer:

Alfred Taylor

Editor:

Chris Roth

Production Designer:

Charles Chiodo

Production Company:

Chiodo Bros.
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HISTORY

Referring to the working title, Killer Klowns, the 27 May 1987 Var production chart stated that principal photography began on 20 Apr 1987 in Santa Cruz, CA. According to the 20 May 1987 HR, co-chairman for Trans World Entertainment (TWE) Moshe Diamant was quoted as stating that “at least $6 million will be spent on special effects and design alone."
       The Var production chart and a 10 Mar 1987 HR item cited Moshe Diamant as an executive producer. However, Diamant is not credited onscreen. A brief in the 4 May 1987 HR listed actress Jolene Rae as being cast in the picture, but she is not credited onscreen.
       End credits state: “Special Thanks to: County of Santa Cruz; City of Santa Cruz; Santa Cruz Police Dept.; City of Watsonville; Watsonville Police Dept.; Vista Group; Allied Product Placement Co./Karen Ludwig; and Fred Fuchs.” End credits also state: “Special Thanks: Curtis ... More Less

Referring to the working title, Killer Klowns, the 27 May 1987 Var production chart stated that principal photography began on 20 Apr 1987 in Santa Cruz, CA. According to the 20 May 1987 HR, co-chairman for Trans World Entertainment (TWE) Moshe Diamant was quoted as stating that “at least $6 million will be spent on special effects and design alone."
       The Var production chart and a 10 Mar 1987 HR item cited Moshe Diamant as an executive producer. However, Diamant is not credited onscreen. A brief in the 4 May 1987 HR listed actress Jolene Rae as being cast in the picture, but she is not credited onscreen.
       End credits state: “Special Thanks to: County of Santa Cruz; City of Santa Cruz; Santa Cruz Police Dept.; City of Watsonville; Watsonville Police Dept.; Vista Group; Allied Product Placement Co./Karen Ludwig; and Fred Fuchs.” End credits also state: “Special Thanks: Curtis Beck.” More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
10 Mar 1987
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
4 May 1987.
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Hollywood Reporter
20 May 1987.
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Hollywood Reporter
14 Jun 1988
p. 5, 74.
Los Angeles Times
4 Jun 1988
Calendar, p. 7.
Variety
27 May 1987
p. 32.
Variety
8 Jun 1988
p. 13.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
A Sarlui/Diamant Presentation
of A Chiodo Bros. Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Exec prod mgr
UPM/1st asst dir
2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Assoc prod
Exec prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Still photog
Still photog
Best boy elec
Key grip
Best boy grip
Dolly grip
Addl photog
Addl photog
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Asst art dir
Art dept coord
Art dept coord
Klowns des
Addl art dir
FILM EDITORS
Asst ed
Asst ed
2d asst ed
Post prod supv
Negative cutter
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set des consultant
Leadman
Prop master
Asst prop master
Const coord
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Spec prop
Spec prop, Modelwerke's
Spec prop, Modelwerke's
Spec prop, Modelwerke's
Spec prop, Modelwerke's
Spec prop, Modelwerke's
Spec prop, Modelwerke's
Spec prop, Modelwerke's
COSTUMES
Cost des
Ward supv
Set cost
Cost const
Cost const
Cost const
Cost const
Cost const
MUSIC
Mus supv
Mus mixed at
Scoring eng
Fairlight programming
SOUND
Sd mixer
Boom man
Supv sd ed
Sd ed
ADR ed
ADR and foley rec at
ADR mixer
ADR group
Foley mixer
Foley artist
Foley artist
Foley artist
Sd des
Sd mixer
Sd mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec visual eff
Spec eff coord
Spec eff foreman
Spec eff tech
Spec eff tech
Addl spec eff
Matte painting visual eff
Matte cam
Klowns built by
Klown fabricator
Klown fabricator
Klown fabricator
Klown fabricator
Klown fabricator
Klown fabricator
Klown fabricator
Klown fabricator
Klown fabricator
Klown fabricator
Sculpting
Sculpting
Foamlatex
Klown hand and kar rig
Spec visuel eff prod
Spec eff supv
Prod supv
Model shop foreman
Model shop
Model shop
Cam op
Asst cam op
Pyrotechnics
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Stop motion anim, Addl eff
Opt eff, Addl eff
Opt eff, Addl eff
Opt eff, Addl eff
Opt eff, Addl eff
Roto eff, Addl eff
Roto eff, Addl eff
Roto eff, Addl eff
Roto eff, Addl eff
Titles and opticals
MAKEUP
Key makeup
Asst makeup
Key hair
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Loc mgr
Prod coord
Prods secy
Scr supv
Loc consultant
Prod secy
Prod auditor
Asst auditor
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Prod van driver
Honey wagon driver
Driver
Driver
Catering
Catering
Craft services
Santa Cruz casting
Prod asst-Set
Prod asst-Set
Prod asst-Office
TWE prod supv
Klown dialect
Prod vehicles
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stand-in
Stand-in
Stand-in
Stand-in
Stand-in
SOURCES
SONGS
“Killer Klowns (From Outer Space),” performed by The Dickies, written by Leonard Phillips, produced by Leonard Phillips & Ron Hitchcock, courtesy of Enigma Entertainment Corporation, El Porto Music (ASCAP)
“Sandals In The Sand,” written by John Shakespeare, courtesy of Associated Production Music, K.P.M. Music Ltd. (ASCAP).
PERFORMER
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Killer Klowns
Release Date:
3 June 1988
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 3 June 1988
Production Date:
began 20 April 1987
Copyright Claimant:
TWE Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
23 March 1988
Copyright Number:
PA392221
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Lenses
Cameras and Lenses by Panavision®
Duration(in mins):
88
MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
28817
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

While on a date outside the town of Crescent Cove, Mike Tobacco and Debbie Stone see a streak of light pass overhead and land in the woods. Searching for the object, Mike and Debbie find a circus tent. Inside the tent, large cotton candy cocoons hang about. Opening a cocoon, Mike finds the dead body of a town resident. Mike and Debbie hide as a large fiendish-looking clown arrives, to hang a new cocoon. Believing they are in a spaceship with aliens, Mike and Debbie try to sneak out. However, more clowns chase after them with popcorn guns. Escaping, Debbie insists they go to the police. Arriving at the station, Debbie tells her former boy friend, officer Dave Hanson, that extraterrestrial clowns have landed and are killing people. As Dave listens to Debbie and Mike’s account, officer Curtis Mooney, a veteran on the force, insists they are lying. Although skeptical, Dave agrees to look into the matter. After taking Debbie home, Mike directs Dave to the landing site in the woods, but the spaceship is gone. Meanwhile, the clowns arrive into town, killing people and encasing them in cotton candy cocoons. Mooney receives several telephone calls reporting attacking clowns, but he ignores the calls, thinking they are a part of an elaborate practical joke at his expense. As Mike and Dave arrive back into town, they see a clown entertaining people with shadow puppets. However, the shadow turns into a dinosaur and eats the audience. Dave radios Mooney for help, but a clown arrives and kills Mooney. Meanwhile, Mike sees brothers Paul ... +


While on a date outside the town of Crescent Cove, Mike Tobacco and Debbie Stone see a streak of light pass overhead and land in the woods. Searching for the object, Mike and Debbie find a circus tent. Inside the tent, large cotton candy cocoons hang about. Opening a cocoon, Mike finds the dead body of a town resident. Mike and Debbie hide as a large fiendish-looking clown arrives, to hang a new cocoon. Believing they are in a spaceship with aliens, Mike and Debbie try to sneak out. However, more clowns chase after them with popcorn guns. Escaping, Debbie insists they go to the police. Arriving at the station, Debbie tells her former boy friend, officer Dave Hanson, that extraterrestrial clowns have landed and are killing people. As Dave listens to Debbie and Mike’s account, officer Curtis Mooney, a veteran on the force, insists they are lying. Although skeptical, Dave agrees to look into the matter. After taking Debbie home, Mike directs Dave to the landing site in the woods, but the spaceship is gone. Meanwhile, the clowns arrive into town, killing people and encasing them in cotton candy cocoons. Mooney receives several telephone calls reporting attacking clowns, but he ignores the calls, thinking they are a part of an elaborate practical joke at his expense. As Mike and Dave arrive back into town, they see a clown entertaining people with shadow puppets. However, the shadow turns into a dinosaur and eats the audience. Dave radios Mooney for help, but a clown arrives and kills Mooney. Meanwhile, Mike sees brothers Paul and Rich Terenzi driving their clown-themed ice cream truck. Worried about Debbie, Mike asks the Terenzis to drive him to her house. Along the way, they see clowns collecting cotton candy cocoons in a giant vacuum cleaner. Dave arrives at the station, and finds a clown using Mooney’s body as a ventriloquist’s dummy. Firing his gun, Dave shoots the clown in his bright red nose and kills him. Meanwhile, the clowns trap Debbie inside a large balloon and take her away in a clown car. As the clowns drive away, Mike and the Terenzi brothers chase them, but lose the clown car. Mike tries to think where the clowns have gone. Dave assumes they would hide at the local amusement park. Arriving at the park, Mike recognizes the circus tent on top of the funhouse. Walking inside, Paul and Rich Terenzi become separated from Dave and Mike, and are attacked by two female clowns. Meanwhile, Mike retraces his steps and leads Dave to the cotton candy cocoons. As the men search for Debbie, they witness a clown use a straw to drink from a body inside the cotton candy. Afterward, Dave and Mike find Debbie and free her from the balloon. As the clowns surround them, the Terenzi brothers appear, driving through a wall with their ice cream truck. Before the group can escape, a giant clown leader appears and blows up the ice cream truck. Fearing for the Terenzis, Mike tries to save them, but Dave orders him and Debbie to run. Dave fires his gun at the clown, but runs out of ammunition. Aiming at the nose, Dave throws his name badge, causing the clown and the spaceship to explode. However, Dave jumps into a clown car with Paul and Rich Terenzi, and the explosion propels them to safety. Relieved that the clowns are destroyed, Mike, Debbie and Dave look up as cream pies fall from the sky and hit them in the face. +

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Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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