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TMR 042 – Killer Klowns from Outer Space

Total Movie Recall

Release Date: 10/12/2020

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This week on Total Movie Recall, we go to the suck. Steve develops a thousand yard stare reserved for veterans of nightmare wars and mediocre podcasts. Ryan chalks up another point in the Irresponsible Father column, reflecting on his father’s prudent decision to let him watch this vision of insanity at a tender age yet again. If you listen to this episode, you can go to my house and fornicate with my sister. Full Metal Jacket (1987) d. w. based on his novel Starring: as as as as as as as Stanley Kubrick's take on the Vietnam War follows smart-aleck Private Davis,...

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This week on Total Movie Recall, we watch the first Manic Pixie Dream Girl ever on screen, who is not a girl at all, but is most decidedly a woman. It’s the perfect post-2020 movie, and not just because of the constant suicides. It’s twee and precious and we absolutely loved it. Harold & Maude (1971) d. w. Music by: Starring: Cult classic pairs Cort as a dead-pan disillusioned 20-year-old obsessed with suicide and a loveable Gordon as a fun-loving 80-year-old eccentric. They meet at a funeral, and develop a taboo romantic relationship, in which they explore the tired...

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This week on Total Movie Recall, we learn that while some stories never end, mothers do, and that’s the beginning of how a serial killer is made in this unflinching look inside the mind of one disturbed little boy. Hang in there with us, listen to this, and watch it again and try to tell us you didn’t witness a psychotic break as this poor boy retreats inside the dark fantasies of his mind. The Neverending Story (1984) d. w. ,  Music by  Starring: as Atreyu as Bastian as The Childlike Empress as Teeny Weeny On his way to school, Bastian ducks into a bookstore to...

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Ah, the good ole days of passing around R rated spank tapes. This movie is so trashy, it gave Charlie Sheen HIV. (1998) d. Starring: When teen debutante Kelly fails to attract the attention of her hunky guidance counselor, Sam, she cries rape, igniting a scandal that results in his arrest. Sam appeals to Ken, a hack personal-injury lawyer who has never handled a case that couldn't be helped by a prop neck brace. Soon, a second victim, Suzie, comes forward, and Detective Duquette discovers that the unfolding case is far from what it seems. Things discussed in the...

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Remember the innocent 90s, when white directors thought they had the N-word pass for some reason? What do you think their “woke” movie would look like? Probably like this, where the N-word is replaced by horrific rape and Mexican jokes. This proto-edgelord movie was looked at as such a good time romp that it was considered the perfect vehicle to transition from the hit network show ER to the big screen. What a simpler time… From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) d. w.  (story),  (screenplay) Starring: On the run from a bank robbery that left several police officers...

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This week on Total Movie Recall, we try to decide whether this is a charming, unique film about staying true to yourself, or a nightmarish descent into the insanity that comes with living in a barren, desolate landscape like rural Idaho, where the Uncle Ricos of the world keep subterranean dungeons for unsuspecting Debs. This might say more about where our heads are at right now than about this beloved comedy. Napoleon Dynamite (2004) d. w. ,  Starring: In small-town Preston, Idaho, awkward teen Napoleon Dynamite has trouble fitting in. After his grandmother is injured in...

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This week on Total Movie Recall, these two born-insecure honkies break down the seminal Blaxploitation movie of 1975 and do a pathetic job of trying to reconcile its progressive vision of black empowerment with the misogyny of the pimp game. It gets complicated. Dolemite (1975) d. Story by: Starring: Dolemite is released from jail after being wrongfully convicted to take on rival pimp Willie Green, corrupt police officers who framed him and even the mayor! With the help of his friends: Queen Bee (the madame of his brothel), Creeper (the heroin addict Hamburger Pimp), Reverend...

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This week on Total Movie Recall, things get Freudian as they did for every little boy who stared confusedly at Jessica Rabbit and wondered what was happening to them. Handsome, chiseled leading man Bob Hoskins soldiers on in spite of the bleeding ulcer all that booze gave him, and Christopher Lloyd goes to eleven with his unhinged, terrifying performance. Did hentai exist before this movie? Because it sure as hell did after it. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) d. Starring:   Down-on-his-luck private eye Eddie Valiant gets hired by cartoon producer R.K. Maroon to investigate...

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This week on Total Movie Recall, we take a hard pivot from all the toxic masculinity of weeks past and Steve shows his gentle, romantic side. Somehow, Ryan makes this about his sad sack heartache but in the end, everybody calms down and moves on with a nice mutton, lettuce, and tomato sandwich. The Princess Bride (1987) d. w. Starring: A fairy tale adventure about a beautiful young woman and her one true love. He must find her after a long separation and save her. They must battle the evils of the mythical kingdom of Florin to be reunited with each other. Based on the...

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This week on Total Movie Recall, Ryan stares out the window of his furniture-less modernist home at the endless, uncaring ocean while Steve sleeps on the floor with his hand gripped around his pistol. The pseudo-philosophy of this movie seems deeper than it is because it’s endlessly reflected in all the glass buildings of Michael Mann’s uber-masculine vision. Sure, it may be pretentious, but that’s the point, and if you’ve got a problem with that, I will take you down, because we ain’t exactly doin’ thrill-seeker podcasts with “Born to Lose” tattoos on our chests. (1995) d....

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This week on Total Movie Recall, one man’s fun trash is another man’s not-fun trash. Steve gets typically indignant at Ryan’s casual, cruel dismissal of somebody’s labor of love, and Ryan reaches heretofore unplumbed depths of his warped psyche, exploring the lingering effects of watching movies like Killer Klowns at too tender of an age. This is what happens when a little boy lets teenage girls bully him into watching movies. Ryan’s therapist has her work cut out for her this week.

Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)

d. Stephen Chiodo
w. Charles ChiodoStephen Chiodo, Edward Chiodo

Grant Cramer
Suzanne Snyder
John Allen Nelson
John Vernon

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.

Things discussed in the show:

Coulrophobia - The fear of clowns (Agoraphobia, Anablephobia, Triskaidekaphobia)

John Wayne Gacy / Pogo the Clown

Spawn and The Violator (Image Comics)

King Missile (John S. Hall) - The Leather Clown

Police Story (Jackie ChanChi-Hwa Chen, Maggie CheungBrigitte Lin)

Rumble in the Bronx (Stanley Tong, Jackie ChanAnita MuiFrançoise Yip)

Drunken Master (Woo-Ping Yuen, Jackie ChanSiu-Tin YuenJang-Lee Hwang)

The Toxic Avengers (Michael HerzLloyd Kaufman, Andree MarandaMitch CohenJennifer Babtist)

Flock of Seagulls & The Cure hair doos

The Return of the Living Dead (Dan O'Bannon, Clu GulagerJames KarenDon Calfa)

Good Will Hunting (Gus Van Sant, Matt DamonBen Affleck, Robin Williams)

Dave Made a Maze (Bill Watterson, Meera Rohit KumbhaniNick ThuneAdam Busch)

Primer (Shane Carruth, David SullivanCasey Gooden)

Doctor Who and The TARDIS

Videodrome (David Cronenberg, James WoodsDebbie HarrySonja Smits)

Teeth (Mitchell Lichtenstein, Jess WeixlerJohn HensleyJosh Pais)

Idiocracy (Mike Judge, Luke WilsonMaya RudolphDax Shepard)

Epic Levels - Dungeons & Dragons music

The Sopranos (David Chase, James GandolfiniLorraine BraccoEdie Falco, Steven Van Zandt, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Tony Sirico)

Schitt's Creek (Dan LevyEugene Levy, Catherine O'HaraDan Levy, Annie Murphy, Chris Elliott)

Perry Mason (Ron FitzgeraldRolin Jones, Matthew RhysJuliet RylanceChris Chalk, John Lithgow, Lili Taylor)

Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult

Bad Boys for Life (Adil El ArbiBilall Fallah, Will SmithMartin LawrenceVanessa Hudgens)

Lovecraft Country (Misha Green, Jonathan MajorsJurnee SmollettCourtney B. Vance, Aunjanue Ellis, Wunmi Mosaku, Abbey Lee, Jamie Chung, Jada Harris, Michael Kenneth Williams)

Bozo the Clown

Flowers in the Attic (Jeffrey Bloom, Virginia C. Andrews, Louise FletcherVictoria TennantKristy Swanson)

Flowers for Algernon (Daniel Keyes)

Amadeus (Milos Forman, Peter Shaffer, F. Murray AbrahamTom HulceElizabeth Berridge)

Critters (Stephen Herek, Domonic Muir, Dee WallaceM. Emmet WalshBilly Green Bush)

Large Marge from Pee Wee's Big Adventure (Tim Burton, Phil HartmanPaul Reubens, Elizabeth DailyMark Holton)

Puppet Master

Bad cops in Dolemite (Rudy Ray Moore) and Shaft (Gordon Parks, Richard RoundtreeMoses GunnCharles Cioffi)

Ghoulies (Luca Bercovici, Jefery Levy, Peter LiapisLisa PelikanMichael Des Barres)

The Willies

Metallica - Metal Up Your Ass

Sigmund Freud's uncanny effect

Commedia dell'arte

Hop-Frog (Edgar Allen Poe) & Regicide

David Carradine

The Dickies - Killer Klowns from Outer Space theme

illiterates - Makeout Mountain (punk record)

Where did I Come From? (Howie Mandel)

The Joker

Insane Clown Posse (ICP)

Next Week: Aladdin (1993)