Killer Klowns From Outer Space was a movie and a song
As we get closer to Halloween, it's time to grab the flashlight and walk hesitantly into the basement to find forgotten scary videos from the '80s. This fall, not a day has gone by without a story about creepy clowns lurking around and scaring the pants off the general public. However, it seems there is nothing new under the sun (or is it full moon) as creepy clowns were around in the '80s - that is if you remember The Dickies and Killer Klowns From Outer Space.
In 1988, the sci-fi film Killer Klowns From Outer Space was released. The movie is now considered a camp cult classic and was the directorial debut of Stephen Chiodo. The chore for providing the theme song to the movie went to the goofball rock band The Dickies. Although their sound was more bubblegum pop than punk, they always get lumped in the punk genre with other bands with a good sense of humor like The Ramones and The Dead Milkmen.
The video for Killer Klowns From Outer Space merges clips from the movie to scenes with the Los Angeles-based Dickies trying to bring the clowns from the movie to justice. While they haven't released new material since 2001, the Dickies are still touring hard these days on the punk nostalgia circuit.
For fans of the movie, the good news is that a sequel is in the works as a 3D movie is slated for a 2018 release to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the original. Stephen Chiodo and his brother Charles have kept busy in the movie business, with their most notable work coming as main puppeteers for the naughty Team America: World Police.