Killer Klowns from Outer Space
A fun little movie about aliens disguised as malevolent clowns that come to earth in order to capture and eat humans, Killer Klowns from Outer Space has become a cult classic in the horror genre since its release in 1988. Part comedy, the movie has the aliens arriving in a circus tent, and all of their equipment is clown centered. Written and directed by The Chiodo Brothers, the film boasts a unique and recognizable title song that is played throughout the movie. There is a fair bit of merchandising that can still be found including figurines and masks. The Chiodo Brothers have said there will be a 3D sequel to the movie in 2013.
The Keep is a little seen horror film from 1983. The movie was loosely based on a novel by F. Paul Wilson, who later went on to communicate his aversion for the film. The movie is set during World War II, in Romania. The German Army comes across a deserted fortress, the Keep, and decides to use it in order to gain control of the Dinu Mountain Pass. Unknown to them an evil presence is trapped underneath them, and it is soon loosed upon them. Once it begins to kill them, it becomes stronger. The Germans seek help from a Jewish professor who, in a twist of events, ends up indebted to the entity and tries to aid in its escape from the castle. The film uses a Gothic setting and alluring visuals with some success.
The original movie version of King Kong appeared in 1933 and was directed and produced by Merian C Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack. It was the tale of a giant ape, Kong, who dwells on an island. The island is to be used to film a movie and the natives kidnap the beautiful lead actress and leave her to be sacrificed to Kong. Kong decides to keep her and the film crew sets off to find her. Along the way they encounter dinosaurs and must battle Kong himself. Incapacitating Kong with gas bombs, they capture him and take him back to New York to be put on display. Kong and the dinosaurs were created using stop-motion filming with a number of different models. The movie was filmed in eight months. The release was very successful giving RKO its first profit. King Kong was accepted into the National Film Registry in 1991.