“Killer Klowns From Outer Space” 30th Year Anniversary Celebration

Killer Klowns from Outer Space posterHas it really been 30 years? I remember seeing Killer Klowns from Outer Space when it first came out. I was living in Santa Cruz at the time, where many of the scenes were shot. It was fun to see locations I knew transformed in the film.

America’s fascination with this quirky film began on screen in 1988, as a group of clown-like aliens land their trans-dimensional spaceship and terrorize a small American town. The film has achieved cult status with its clever blend of horror, science fiction, and comedy.

On May 19, you can celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the film with a Bacchanalian Circus Celebration and Fan Tribute at The Montalban Theater.

“Clowns can be frightening, bizarre and terrifying,” said composer John Massari. “We took that primordial fear and put it in a Sci-Fi movie.” Killer Klowns from Outer Space took something that is supposed to be light-hearted and silly — clowns — but that deeply frightens may people, and gave them a reason to be scared. These clowns are from outer space and they came to eat us! “That’s the craziest idea in the world,” said Massar.

Over time the film has earned generations of fans – many of whom Massari has connected with both through social media and at conventions leading him to create this special celebration of all things Killer Klowns. The celebration is a three-ring Sci-Fi/Horror celebration, reuniting a line-up of special guests, including the film’s creators, the Chiodo Brothers, musical guests The Dickies, stars Grant Cramer and Suzanne Snyder.

Varèse Sarabande Records will be releasing a new recording of the film’s soundtrack on CD and LP, available for sale at the concert. The album features the original score performed by members of The Hollywood Chamber Orchestra, with new orchestrations by Massari and Bernhard Eder. The Dickies recorded a brand new version of the film’s theme song featuring an extra creepy intro followed by their signature pure punk energized sound.

“For 30 years, love and loyalty from fans the world over made this extraordinary movie a beloved cult classic,” said Massari. “This event is our way to celebrate Killer Klowns From Outer Space directly with these fans.”


What: 30th Anniversary Celebration of Killer Klowns from Outer Space
When: Saturday, May 19, 2018

  • Kosmic Klown circus starts at 6 p.m. – stilt walkers, balloon folding artist Buster Balloon Cadwell, contortionist Bonnie Morgan, plus fortune tellers, strong men and women, magicians, body art, fan arts and crafts, and of course the Killer Klowns
  • Pre-show Q&A at 7 p.m. – Stephen Chiodo (writer/director), Charles Chiodo (writer/art director), Edward Chiodo (writer/producer), Grant Cramer (Mike Tobacco), Suzanne Snyder (Debbie Stone), members of The Dickies, and composer John Massari, moderated by Jim Branscome of Cinematic Void.
  • Screening of the film – with its original musical score performed live by The Hollywood Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Massari. The Dickies will perform their enduring classic Killer Klowns From Outer Space theme song, as well.

The Montalban Theater
1615 Vine St.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Tickets: bit.ly/2GmJmnU

This event is also listed in the Calendar of Genre Events.

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As The Genre Traveler, Carma Spence loves to view the world through Genre-Coloured glasses. In other words, she sees the world through a lens of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, where trash cans can be Daleks in disguise and neighborhood forests can harbor faeries and sprites. Magic realism is real! Or at least you can choose to see the world that way to add to the fun and awe of life.