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Thursday Night Terrors sends in the ‘Killer Klowns,' 'Living Dead'

“I wanted to take some of the stuffiness out of film screenings,” Thursday Night Terrors host and organizer Peter Vullo told The Buffalo News in 2017. “I wanted it to be something people could have fun with and decompress and laugh, scream and clap.”

Vullo’s series has become a huge success since debuting in August 2016, and kicks off its fifth season on Aug. 30 with the type of cult classic that makes the Terrors so fun, and so unique: 1988’s “Killer Klowns From Outer Space.”

“Klowns” is a notoriously wacky fan favorite about alien invaders who look like circus clowns. Its mix of absurdist humor and horror makes director Stephen Chiodo’s film an ideal Thursday Night Terrors selection.

Screenings start at 7:30 p.m. at the Dipson Amherst Theatre (3500 Main St.). Tickets are $7 at the box office or For more info, visit

The rest of the fall schedule is:

Sept. 27, "Popcorn" (1991, directed by Mark Herrier)

Oct. 25, “Return of the Living Dead” (1985, directed by Dan O’Bannon)

Nov. 15, “Blood Rage” (1987, directed by John Grissmer)

Dec. 13: “The Blob” (1988, directed by Chuck Russell)

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