April 3, 2014

Three Brothers from the Bronx.


Some practical effects fans know the Chiodo Bros. by name, but if you don't know who they are, you've likely seen their work. From Sabrina the Teenage Witch to Team America World Police they have been using their unique collection of talents to create cult icons. Some of my favorite monsters from the 80s were my favorites because of these guys. And, all though there are some pretty fabulous things on their list of accomplishments, my personal favorites would have to be Critters and Killer Klowns from Outer Space.

Killer Klowns from Outer Space is the brothers only directorial venture, and home to some of their most ambitious effects and sets. But Critters, their first film venture, will always have a special place in my heart. The Krites (the creatures from Critters) really stand out to me from an era that was saturated with monsters, creatures, and aliens. There's a cartoon aesthetic to their designs, something that might carry over from their animation background, that makes their creatures funny, while still being menacing.

Where Critters keeps the monsters on the menacing side, Killer Klowns from Outer Space gives you the creeps while letting you laugh about it. They took the over the top premise of killer clowns and added the amazing element of bringing these clowns from space. If you've not seen it, you're missing out on an unparallelled comedy horror movie. Sadly Killer Klowns was the only feature film that was theirs entirely.

The brothers have continued working on other projects through today, even posting some concept art for some show pitches (that I wish would get picked up) on their Vimeo account. Though their contributions to things like Elf and Pee Wee's Big Adventure are fantastic, I would love to see them work on something they have more control again.

We also hope their contributions to the movie and television world continue well into the future, because if there's one thing we love, it's practical effects and puppetry!

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