Okay, so I am an incredible fan of the film Killer Klowns From Outer Space and I was contacted to see if I wanted to cover a special 30th anniversary screening of the movie with live-to-film music by The Hollywood Chamber Orchestra and with a live performance by The Dickies, the group that does the theme song (which is NOT available for download on iTunes, by the way, which is a total and complete bummer). Anyways, I, with much sadness and disappointment, had to decline the offer because it is all the way in LA and well, I’m not. HOWEVER, I wanted to let my readers know that it was happening because if you are in the LA area and can go, there’s SO MUCH to see that night that it would be well worth checking out.
Here is what I have in regards to the details of the event:
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KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE 30th YEAR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION!
A Premiere Live-to-Film Concert of The Original Cult Classic, With Live Music Performed by The Hollywood Chamber Orchestra, Conducted By The Film’s Composer John Massari
Featuring a Q&A With The Filmmakers – Including The Chiodo Brothers, John Massari, and Cast Members Grant Cramer and Suzanne Snyder
Plus Circus Performers, Magicians, Klown Kostumes, Body Art, and Fan Art Media Exhibits
And … Special Guests, The Dickies Performing Their Iconic Theme Song Killer Klowns From Outer Space
Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Killer Klowns From Outer Space with a Bacchanalian Circus Celebration and Fan Tribute on May 19, 2018 at The Montalban Theater (1615 Vine St. Los Angeles, CA 90028, tickets at http://bit.ly/2GmJmnU).
America’s fascination with Killer Klowns From Outer Space began on screen in 1988, as a group of clown-like aliens land their trans-dimensional space ship and terrorize a small American town. The film has achieved cult status with its clever blend of horror, science fiction and comedy.
“Clowns can be frightening, bizarre and terrifying. We took that primordial fear and put it in a Sci-Fi movie,” explained composer John Massari. “You have something that should make you happy and laugh, but now it will kill and eat you and… it’s from outer space! Who would have dreamed of this? That’s the craziest idea in the world.” 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.
For the 30th Anniversary, Massari has created a three-ring Sci-Fi/Horror celebration, reuniting an amazing line-up of special guests, including the film’s creators, the Chiodo Brothers, musical guests The Dickies, stars Grant Cramer and Suzanne Snyder.
At 6PM, the Kosmic Klown circus celebration will begin with 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. There will be a pre-show Q&A at 7PM featuring 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.
Following the Q&A, at 8PM, the film will be screened with it’s original musical score performed live by The Hollywood Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Massari. LA's very own original punk rockers, The Dickies, will perform their enduring classic Killer Klowns From Outer Space theme song.
Stephen Chiodo declares, “Whoopdee God Damned De Do!! What a fantastic way to celebrate a 30 year anniversary surrounded by fans, John’s incredible score and the Dickies.”
Varèse Sarabande Records will be releasing a new recording of the 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.”
Again, I have to say how wickedly and incredibly bummed out I am that I can’t go to this. This would be an AMAZING movie watching experience. But, I don’t want those who CAN attend to miss out. The link for tickets is in the details above. If you’re a lover of this cult classic, you won’t want to miss this!
I was given the opportunity to get a sneak peek at a new comic book coming out called Heavyweight Messiah. I even got to look at some of the pages and get a feel for the whole project.
This is a very different take on what we normally think of when we hear the word “messiah”. Most people (and that’s judging by statistics found on Google, not my opinion) think of the second coming of Christ. But what if that second coming did happen…and Jesus was pissed as hell at mankind?
What if, when Christ came back, he preached with his fists, in a boxing ring? Instead of sharing The Word, he advocates violence and abdicates kindness? With every jab, every right hook, every hit to the body, he tries to beat sense into the poor souls of the Earth. I mean, what if he felt we didn’t exactly catch on the first time he was here?
Well, Benny Andino and artist Flavio Giron have teamed up to make that second coming a comic book reality. And from what I can tell, it’s lookin’ really good. Now keep in mind I only read the first few pages but, the story idea is a strong one. I mean, people always say “fight fire with fire” and it seems that Jesus Christ is no exception to the rule. Which is cool because it just makes Jesus MORE human. SO many times, people seem to forget that Christ was just a man, albeit the son of God but, just a guy on Earth nonetheless.
The artwork is awesome and the story is a compelling one. I am looking forward to seeing how this goes.
Benny tells me this comic book will be available in a number of package deals with some really cool extras for those of us that are collectors.
Here’s a quick summary of what will be available:
$3.99 comic book with a free poster (first 100)
$30 comic book with print, signed cover and variant cover with t shirt
$50 comic book, print, signed cover, variant covers, t shirt and resin statue (only 10 made)
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