When it comes to cult classic horror-comedies the 80s were definitely the golden years. The decade brought us titles such as Gremlins, Return Of The Living Dead, Little Shop Of Horrors and of course Killer Klowns From Outer Space.
Originally released in 1988, written and directed by the Chiodo Brothers Killer Klowns From Outer Space is the story of teenagers Mike (Grant Cramer) and Debbie (Suzanne Snyder) who witness what they think is a comet as it crashes to earth. What they see is in fact “a pack of murderous aliens who look very much like circus clowns”. The alien clowns go on a bloody rampage across the protagonist’s small town which often creates hilarious and comical situations in true 80’s fashion.
As with many cult classics of the era, Killer Klowns From Outer Space didn’t really see much in the way of critical reception when it was released, but has accrued a dedicated following of fans thanks to home cinema.
So it’s release on streaming platform Netflix was always bound to be triumphant, and true to form there has been a lot of chatter surrounding the film on Twitter.
There has been such positive feedback from people young and old watching the film that thoughts of a sequel may be on the horizon.
Co-creator of the movie Edward Chiodo says he would be open to having the film rebooted. “We’ve always worked with other filmmakers, other creative people, so we’d welcome the right opportunity to make that happen” is what he said in an interview with Comicbook.com in relation to the murderous clowns making a more modern appearance.
“Hopefully we get the opportunity to play with our ideas” Chiodo continues “seeing some of the fan art, how they’ve taken it to a new vision, a new direction, maybe a little more visceral than we would ever take it, so I think there is a great opportunity to take it to a new level and still honor the original and make it something that resonates with today’s audiences.”.