Killer Klowns from Outer Space‘s cult following has grown steadily since its release in 1988, and thus it was only a matter of time really before it received the full HD treatment. Now, thanks to Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, this most curious entry in horror from special effects team the Chiodo Brothers (Critters, Team America) has finally made its way to Blu-ray, packed with special features. Not since its initial theatrical release has the film looked this good.
If you haven’t seen Killer Klowns, it’s pretty much exactly what you’d think it is, only probably better. By all rights, the film probably shouldn’t work, at least not as anything but camp that is. And yet, the Chiodo Brothers support the ludicrous concept of an alien race of clowns traveling through space in a circus tent with such brilliantly-realized special effects that you can’t help but take (somewhat) seriously. This isn’t to say that it plays out totally seriously. The reliance on circus imagery and concepts for the basis of the film’s kills is genuinely hysterical, if somewhat disturbing, especially if you already harbor a fear of clowns.
The HD transfer here is incredibly clean and sharp, although it can be a tad soft at times, and the sound is unfortunately tinny during a couple scenes. The picture features typically rich, highly-saturated colors, but if I had my druthers, the image would have been transferred a bit more brightly to make the colors really pop. But overall, the transfer looks and sounds phenomenal, far better in fact than I had expected it would.
One of the only real complaints I have about the presentation of the film here is that the Blu-ray features no main menu and therefore plays immediately upon insertion into your player. This also means that the pop up menu offers the only method of accessing the special features, something which I find extremely aggravating as it generally cheapens the film by forcing the viewer to obscure the film image to access the menu. thereby prioritizing the special features. Additionally, I find the cover art inaccurately represents the film’s tone, but this is a minor complaint compared to the menu issue.
Special features here include audio commentary by the Chiodo Brothers; five featurettes including a making-of, as well as individual featurettes about the music, the effects, the Klowns themselves, and the Chiodos’ earliest films; two deleted scenes with commentary by director Stephen Chiodo; bloopers; four minutes of Killer Klown audition tapes; and the theatrical trailer.