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The many fans of the Chiodo Brothers’ kult klassic KILLER
KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE are anxiously awaiting the movie’s Blu-ray debut next
week (see details here),
and they have even more reason for rejoicing; the long-awaited sequel (and
perhaps more than one) is close to happening, as Fango learned from original
star Grant Cramer.
Speaking to us at last weekend’s Horrorfind convention in
Pennsylvania, Cramer, who played Mike Tobacco in KILLER KLOWNS, says that he’s
stayed in touch with Stephen, Charles and Edward Chiodo over the years since
that film. “Then we got together over the past several years and pounded out a
story for a sequel that we’ve got in the works, called THE RETURN OF THE KILLER
KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE IN 3D,” he tells Fango. “We’re working out a few
details, but Charlie’s done all the artwork. It’s been a lot of fun working
with the Chiodos, because they literally still have the same dynamic between
them that they probably had in their backyard, in the garage, when they were 12
RETURN OF THE KILLER KLOWNS will see Cramer reprising the
Tobacco role in a story set 25 years after the original. “The idea is that there may be multiple sequels, and in each
one, there’ll be one character [from the first movie] who carries over. So
we’ll pick up where each of them has ended up in some new small town, and
happen to be there when the Klown stuff happens again. My character ended up
being the first one, and I think it was one of the Chiodos who came up with the
idea that everybody thinks Mike Tobacco is crazy. He’s kind of the town
drunk/derelict who’s always mumbling about the Klowns coming back, and
everybody thinks I’m nuts, because I’m sure they’re going to return to attack
the world again.
of course, when it happens, I have been planning for them to come back,” Cramer
continues, “so I end up being the mentor to these two young street performers
whose car breaks down, and they end up in the small town of Kismet. It’s
another town up in the mountains, and now all the fun begins again, except when
they get into trouble, Mike comes up and teaches them the history of the Klowns
and how to fight back against them. He’s somewhere between the energy of Kris
Kristofferson’s character in BLADE and Christopher Lloyd’s character in BACK TO
THE FUTURE. He’s a little high-strung [laughs].” We
can’t wait, and will keep you posted on further KLOWNS developments.
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