A cult classic in the making will debut at a tribute to a horror classic during a celebration of the dead. The upcoming science fiction comedy Aliens, Clowns & Geeks, which features Verne Troyer (Austin Powers, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone) in his last role, will premiere at the Morbido Film Fest, Latin America’s premiere genre film festival. The festival takes place in Mexico City from Oct. 30 to Nov. 3 and includes immersive events that intertwine with Mexico’s Dia de los Muertos celebration.
Aliens, Clowns & Geeks is directed by Richard Elfman, who helmed the cult classic Forbidden Zone. Elfman’s live theatrical pre-shows for that film are legendary and the tradition will continue. His wife Anastasia Elfman, who plays five roles in Aliens, Clowns & Geeks, will perform horror/burlesque at Morbido’s tribute to the 25th anniversary of Alejandro Jodorowski’s horror classic, Santa Sangre. Richard Elfman has since directed delved into subversive horror with films like Shrunken Heads and Modern Vampires. He interrupted work on an ambitious Forbidden Zone 2 to shoot this quick low-budget science fiction comedy.
Aliens, Clowns & Geeks reunites the Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo. Danny Elfman (The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Simpsons) and Ego Plum (SpongeBob SquarePants, The Ghastly Love of Johnny X) composed the soundtrack. Richard told Den of Geek “most of the original Oingo Boingo members [are] on the soundtrack. And that’s Danny [Elfman]’s voice in alien and clown music backgrounds.”
Aliens, Clowns & Geeks is irreverent, politically incorrect and exactly what a mad scientist would order. It follows the tradition of B-movie science fiction sendups like The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Killer Klowns from Outer Space, and Mars Attacks. The movie can only really be described as zany, but in that classic comedy sense were logic is usurped by unreason. Imagine a Marx Brothers movie written by the surrealistic painter Salvador Dali and put on by Barnum and Bailey.
The film follows the asinine antics of an out-of-work actor who gives birth to the key to the universe in a protracted labor of love. “Eddy Pine (Bodhi Elfman) is a jaded actor dealing with the cancellation of his series,” reads the official synopsis. “To complicate matters, he wakes up with the key to the universe stuck up his ass. Apparently an alien Clown Emperor is in hot pursuit of this, as are his rivals, the Green Aliens. Professor von Scheisenberg (French Stewart) and his comely Swedish assistants, the Svenson sisters (Rebecca Forsythe as Helga, Angeline-Rose Troy as Inga), come to Eddy’s aid. If only Eddy hadn’t fallen for Helga, and then the aliens manipulate his mind to confuse her with Inga! And when the mad little Clown Captain (Martin Klebba) steps on the gas and shifts his spaceship into fourth gear, all hell breaks loose.”
You can watch the teaser here:
Troyer plays Clown Emperor Beezel-Chugg. Richard Elfman plays the clown Da-Beep. Steve Agee (Sarah Silverman Show) plays a trans Burlesque dancer named Jumbo and the sidekick of a human clown mind-controlled by alien clowns played by Nik Novicki (Boardwalk Empire). George Wendt (Cheers) puts in a cameo as a priest.
Aliens, Clowns & Geeks will premiere at the Morbido Film Fest, which runs Oct. 30 to Nov. 3.
Culture Editor Tony Sokol cut his teeth on the wire services and also wrote and produced New York City’s Vampyr Theatre and the rock opera AssassiNation: We Killed JFK. Read more of his work here or find him on Twitter @tsokol.