Killer Clowns from Outer Space is one of those rare movies from the pantheon of 1980’s era horror movies. It’s ridiculous, poorly acted, and obviously filmed on a shoestring budget; but at the same time, it’s a film Horror Freaks love to revisit to this day. And not because it’s so-bad-it’s-good, but because it’s a genuinely creative and entertaining story; you don’t even have to be a horror fan to see there’s a potential mythology here that’s ripe for expansion. Even if Killer Klowns from Outer Space is more of a cult hit than a bona fide sleeper, there are legions of fans who would run (not walk) to see a sequel.
So why, almost 30 years later, has Killer Klowns 2 yet to materialize? Director Stephen Chiodo recently gave the good folks at The Odd Podcast the full scoop:
“There’s nothing coming out that you could guarantee. Look, Hollywood is a very fickle industry. We’ve been working on a sequel since the day after we made [Killer Klowns from Outer Space]. I mean we have tons of ideas on different directions we can take it. There’s been a lot of legal issues, a lot of financial difficulties. We’ve had deals people presented us with that we weren’t really interested in. There is something that’s going to happen. We are currently working on something. But it doesn’t mean that it’s coming out next week.
“We want to take some of the characters we had in the original film and do a new film that has new characters having their little adventures with Klowns, but also revisit some of the people we’ve seen in the past. Instead of a theatrical release, we’re thinking of going to television. We’ve got this great idea. Sort of like a trilogy in four parts, with the original film being the first, and then we have an idea for a trilogy that would just be a long-ranging series that follows new characters as they battle Klowns, but then we also see Mike Tobacco pop up. And then we see Debbie Stone. And then we see Dave the cop. We’ve got it all written out. It’s a fantastic concept.”
If there are any influential Hollywood execs out there who happen to be reading, let me give you some free advice regarding the Killer Klowns sequel: Do it already!
Official Synopsis: When teenagers Mike (Grant Cramer) and Debbie (Suzanne Snyder) see a comet crash outside their sleepy small town, they investigate and discover a pack of murderous aliens who look very much like circus clowns. They try to warn the local authorities, but everyone assumes their story is a prank. Meanwhile, the clowns set about harvesting and eating as many people as they can. It’s not until they kidnap Debbie that Mike decides it’s up to him to stop the clowns’ bloody rampage.