Thursday, October 28, 2010

Searching for "Killer Klowns From Outer Space"

14 miles south of Santa Cruz, California is the city of Watsonville, my hometown. Its claim to fame is its agriculture (strawberries, apples and lettuce) and Martinelli’s (known for its sparkling apple cider). What many people don’t know is that in the 1980’s Watsonville had some visitors. From space. Specifically, Killer Klowns From Outer Space.

I was never scared of clowns and never understood why other people are. I found the ones in this film pretty silly, even if they had razor sharp teeth. When Killer Klowns From Outer Space was released I looked at it as a comedy while friends were terrified. Most of the classic Chiodo’s Bothers film was shot in Watsonville and the Boardwalk in Santa Cruz. After rewatching the film recently I decided to go on a little tour of some of the places where it was shot. Some were in walking distance or a short bike ride away. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you look at it), I didn't run into any Killer Klowns. Check out the pics from the film and the locations as they look today.


  1. Awesome! Born and raised myself here in Watsonville.

  2. I think your "drug store" pic is incorrect, the original store was located on Main Street, the "new" version pic is on East Lake (I have been there) Thanks.