Killer Klowns from Outer Space: Comedy Horror Gets TV Adaptation
Title: The Return of the Killer Klowns from Outer Space
Director: Stephen Chiodo (Original)
Writers: Charles Chiodo, Stephen Chiodo (Original)
“Killer Klowns from Outer Space” gets a television adaptation. The Comedy, Sci-fi, Horror was originally released in 1988 by director Stephen Chiodo. A small town becomes invaded by a horde of freaky looking circus clowns, who turn out to be deadly aliens from outer space. They charm you with their cleverness and their wit. Townspeople think they are just a bunch of harmless clowns. That is until people start becoming abducted. Their weapons are deadly popcorn, flesh-eating cotton candy, and acidic pies.
There have been rumors going around of a sequel to “Killer Klowns from Outer Space” for quite some time now, but nothing was certain until now. Stephen Chiodo shares on the Movie Crypt Podcast :
“Right now, we are currently pursuing a long arch series for cable. We wondered, should we do a sequel to the first one or do we do a remake? We came up with a ‘requel’ – it’s a sequel and a remake. We’ve been developing this for a while. 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 – find out what happened over the last 25 years. It’s fucking great.”
I must say that, me being a huge “Killer Klowns” fan, emotions are just soaring through the roof. I’m part angry, part sad, part disappointed, and part curious. This is the norm when hear that your favorite childhood films are being tampered with. Your whole childhood might as well be stripped away from you.
I’m an 80’s baby. So, as you can imagine, I grew up with the campy teen screams. The creations of Wes Craven, Clive Barker, Stephen King. The “A Nightmare on Elm Street”, franchise, “Child’s Play” franchise, “Halloween” franchise, “Leprechaun” franchise, “Friday the 13th” franchise, “Pumpkinhead” franchise. “Killer Klowns from Outer Space”, “The People Under the Stairs”, “Shocker”. This was my childhood.
Left and right, my childhood favorites are just being tampered with. First “A Nightmare on Elm Street”, then “Halloween”, then “Friday the 13th”, then “Leprechaun” (that horrible “remake”, where the “leprechaun” didn’t even look like a leprechaun), then the “Evil Dead” being turned into a television series. Stephen King’s “It” is next in line. This is outrage. But, what makes it even more disappointing is not the fact that these films are being remade or re-imagined…it’s the fact that these adaptations suck. None of them are even half as good as the originals.
I’ve never heard of a “requel” until now. Is that even a thing? Why can’t it just be either or? Either you make a sequel or you make a remake. Whatever you decide, just make sure it doesn’t suck. And, why is “Killer Klowns from Outer Space” being turned into a four-part trilogy? By the sound of the description, you’d think it’s a soap opera drama. Why can’t it be the 90-minute comedy-horror that it was meant to be?
Not much information on “The Killer Klowns from Outer Space” is known at this time. Stay tuned for more updates.