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Friday, April 27, 2018

Road Trip to the Capital Theater – Killer Klowns from Outer Space


I was very excited to hear that there was a screening of Killer Klowns happening near me. Well okay it is over an hour drive, but still that is close considering I live in the middle of nowhere. This wouldn’t be the first time that I’ve seen the movie on the big screen. In fact, I have a really funny story about seeing it during its limited first run in the theater years ago. Pick up the latest copy of midnight magazine here to check out my article. I managed to rope a bunch of my friends into going with me and we headed out of town. When I say a bunch I actually managed to convince six of them to go. Who knew I had that many friends?

The show didn’t start until midnight, but the Capital is in a cool neighborhood, so we went up early. With an hour to kill we wandered around a bit but didn’t have to go too far. Right next to the theater is an honest to God pinball arcade. Real vintage pinball games that reminded me of the days before video games… yes, I’m that old! After dumping some quarters in the machines, we strolled next door to buy our tickets, grab snacks, and find seats. The turnout was pretty good considering there was a basketball playoff game (go Sports Team!) which is a big deal in Cleveland. Seeing this movie with a crowd only makes it more fun.

International man of mystery and Pinball Wizard
If you haven’t seen Killer Klowns from Outer Space, you are missing out. The movie is very cheesy, but in a completely enjoyable way. The story is reminiscent of the old fifties invaders from space movies like Invasion of the Saucer Men or Invaders from Mars. You know there were a lot of “invasion” movies. Might have to be a series for the blog someday. The plot follows the familiar “teenagers” see crash, no one believes them, and they have to save the day. Here it is played for laughs with the clowns being menacing, but in amusing ways. This is a horror comedy that actually works. Not many of them around.

The movie doesn’t have any real gore in it, but the design of the Klowns is amazing. The Chiodo brothers who wrote and directed this cut their teeth on special effects and are responsible for the work in the first couple Critters movies. Here each Klown has its own unique look and is scary. Pennywise can move over because these are the real scary looking bastards! The effects work for the exploding aliens, people getting wrapped up by Cotton Candy guns, and shadow puppets are all basic, but work onscreen holding up fine. I have always loved this one and this time around wasn’t any different.

Love the creature design!
After the movie we headed back home, but not before stopping at Steak and Shake for burgers. I know people keep asking why I include food in most of these reports. I’m a fat guy so food is part of these events for me. And in case you were wondering my burger was pretty good. Everyone arrived safely back in town and I finally hit the sack around four in the morning. I keep saying that I’m getting too old for this stuff, but really I love attending these events. There are more midnight screenings coming and in October I have Twelve Hours of Terror at the Capital as well. Check out their website to keep track of the events coming to the Capital and if you do come to one look for the fat guy with a smile on his face and say hi.



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