Killer Klowns From Outer Space is one of the most famous cult horror movies to emerge from the ‘80s. Released for the world to see in 1988, it’s known for perfectly balancing comedic laughs, gruesome set pieces, intriguing characters, and some excellent monster designs. All that said, even though decades have passed and no sequels have happened, Killer Klowns has garnered a dedicated fanbase to ensure its longevity within the horror genre. In keeping with the theme, here are four quirky things you probably didn’t know about the film. 

It was originally just supposed to be called Killer Klowns

While Killer Klowns is catchy enough as is, “From Outer Space” was added to the title so that audiences wouldn’t think it was just another slasher film. Since it was released in the decade when slashers were incredibly popular, it was hard to stand out against competing movies. The revamped title, Killer Klowns From Outer Space is far more unique and offers audiences a promising plot. 

Two of the clowns appeared in “Ernest Scared Stupid”

Ernest P. Worrell was a character that was created by action Jim Varney, appearing in movies, TV shows, commercials, and often spoofing a host of varied genres. The movie Ernest Scared Stupid was released in 1991 and placed Ernest in a horror setting, parodying fright flicks like Killer Klowns by re-purposing two of their masks. 

The film’s budget was 2 million

Killer Klowns From Outer Space had some pretty impressive props and costumes. However, it was the popcorn gun that cost the most to make at $7000, taking six weeks to build. This particular weapon actually fired popcorn to a compressor into a mechanism! Elsewhere, some of the budget ended up going towards repairs to rented vehicles that accidentally got damaged during production.

The theme song was performed by a popular punk band 

American punk rock band The Dickies has been around since 1977, and remains an enduring punk band influence for today’s music. In 1988, they recorded the theme song that would cement their legacy with a catchy, fun, yet menacing track that truly captured the essence of the film. 

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May 05, 2023 — Alex Wilks