Killer Klowns from Outer Space

Killer Klowns from Outer Space was released into theaters on May 27th, 1988. Filming locations include Capitola, Santa Cruz and Watsonville, Ca. It was directed by Stephen Chiodo and written by he and his brother Charles Chiodo. I'll admit, while the movie has some of the cheesiest and cringe-worthy (human) characters I've ever seen on film, the clown costumes were quite impressive, from both a design and physical aspect. The films score was done by John Massari while the soundtrack music was performed by The Dickies. The films first DVD release was on August 28th, 2001.

Big Top Burger - 300 E. Lake Ave. Watsonville, Ca. 95076

The structure has undergone a noticeable renovation. At the time of my visit, it was a Ricos Tacos.


Crescent Cove Police Station - 231 Union St. Watsonville, Ca. 95076

At the time of my visit, it was a Parks & Community Services Department.


Goodwill - 470 Main St. Watsonville, Ca. 95076

It's not often you find a movie location business that's still operating in the same place, 31 years later.


Puppet show - 358 Main St. Watsonville, Ca. 95076
(Watsonville Plaza)

The puppet show scene was done in the gazebo, in the center of Watsonville Plaza.

All "Now" pictures taken in 2019.

Terenzi brothers drive their ice cream truck out of the alley - Between* 14 & 16 E. Lake Ave. Watsonville, Ca. 95076

Debbie Stone's house - 615 California St. Santa Cruz, Ca. 95060

The 2,153 square foot house was built in 1900. The second screenshot was filmed just north of the house at the intersection of California St. and Rigg St.

All "Now" pictures taken in 2022.

Dave rear-ends the ice cream truck - New Brighton St. Beach Capitola, Ca. 95010

Accessing this location requires a $10 entrance fee.


Spaceship takes off - 400 Beach St. Santa Cruz, Ca. 95060
(Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk)

This scene shows the Hot Dog on a Stick that was featured in The Lost Boys, just one year prior.




  1. Watching this movie for the first time right now. So cool to see the locations then and now! Makes me wanna go on a Killer Klowns tour

  2. Debbie's house is located at 615 California Street in Santa Cruz.

  3. The pharmacy scene was done at Johnson's Drugs which was located at the corner opposite of the Goodwill store.
    The pharmacy is long gone. Now, it is a clothing store called El Dorado Fashions.

  4. Thank you for posting this. This is awesome. Also if I may offer a correction - the movie was released in 1988 (not 1998 as was indicated in the description). I believe it was shot in Feb 1987 (roughly).

    1. Thank you for checking it out! And thanks for bringing attention to my typo.

  5. Now a videogame has been announced and it brought me here lol