This Just In: Killer Klowns From Outer Space

Killer Klowns From Your Television Set?

By Woofer McWooferson

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Killer Klowns From Outer Space, the 1988 cult classic science fiction horror comedy, has long been rumored to have a sequel in the works. As the title suggests, killer clowns from outer space land on Earth and begin wreaking havoc. Set in Crescent Grove, a small town in California, the Killer Klowns From Outer Space follows the standard “young people know something and adults won't listen so disaster follows” scenario of such classics as The Blob and Invaders From Mars, but with a strong comedic twist. By making the aliens clowns, the movie's comedic aspect can be fully realized while keeping the horror and science fiction slants. Disguised as a carnival with acid cream pies, popcorn monsters, and cotton candy cocoons among their arsenal, the clowns are poised to take Earth by storm. Viewers ate it up and wanted more.

Now that may happen.

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As the 30th anniversary of Killer Klowns From Outer Space approaches, Chiodo spoke to Movie Crypt about everything from starting out making 8mm films with his brother Charles to how they learned their effects techniques. He also addressed rumors of a Killer Klowns From Outer Space follow up:

Oh, well, we decided to skip two and go straight to number three. To hell with all of that. That's a good question...We started thinking about Killer Klowns two immediately after Killer Klowns one...From the beginning we really didn't want to venture back into theatrical because we thought...what was pretty much a low budget feature back in the 80s wouldn't really garner much of a release, so we figured TV would be the best thing. So right now, we are...currently pursuing a long arch series for cable...If I told you what the idea was, you guys would start to get real excited. It's great! It's kind of taking off. Figure this, after it's been so long, We wondered, should we do a sequel to the first one or do we do a remake?

 

'Cause there's a lot of people don't even really know much about it, so we..,came up with a ‘requel’ – it’s a sequel and a remake...We’ve been developing this for a while...and the new Star Wars movie kind of proves the point. That I would call a requel: it's a new film for a new audience but has components that kind of tap into the fan base...It’s a trilogy in four parts, and it really follows the continuing adventures of new people who are experiencing this phenomenon of a Klown invasion, and once in a while you see some of the old guys pop up and hear their stories – what happened over the last 25 years. It’s fucking great.

What does this mean for fans of the original? It means that fans of the original will be just as happy as viewers who are brand new to the killer klown concept. But it is slightly confusing. A trilogy in four parts? Does this mean a four episode miniseries? That's not clear and Chiodo didn't elaborate.

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