For the uninitiated, Terrifier 2 is a new horror film that is getting a lot of attention lately, both in the news and on social media, because of its violent and gruesome reputation. In fact, it's been called "so brutal" that it's apparently making people vomit and faint in theaters.
So, here's everything you need to know about it, should you dare to care...
Note: This post contains mentions of rape and extreme violence.
For a little background, Terrifier 2 is actually the third horror feature film to star Art the Clown.
Created by writer/director Damien Leone, Art the Clown goes all the way back to a couple of short films called The 9th Circle (2008) and then Terrifier (2011).
These two shorts were then repackaged into a feature-length anthology film called All Hallows' Eve in 2013. And that was followed up with a sequel film entitled Terrifier (2016), and now Terrifier 2 (2022).
And I'm not gonna lie to you. These low-budget movies aren't "high quality," which is fine. Work with what ya got. But, frankly, I do think they're actually a little boring. Violent? Oh, definitely. Interesting? Meh.
The two things that make the Terrifier series stand out are 1) Art the Clown and 2) the impressive, albeit seriously gory, special effects, which, if you look up Leone's IMDb, makes sense. (His background is as a special makeup effects artist.)
Although I think the series itself is kinda just OK, I do think Art the Clown is a great horror character. And I understand why these films have gained a cult following. Art is creepy AF, an absolute monster (his weapon of choice is a homemade flogging whip that has things like scalpels attached to it), and...he's also funny?! Like, ridiculous-funny.
Throughout all the movies, Art basically pantomimes everything. He's kinda like Mr. Bean...if Mr. Bean was a demonic serial killing clown. And the actors who portray Art (Mike Giannelli in All Hallows' Eve, and David Howard Thornton in Terrifier and Terrifier 2) do a really great job. They both give great physical performances. And it's this unique combination of scary and funny that makes Art a fun horror character in the vein of predecessors like Freddy Krueger and Chucky.
As you can imagine, Art the Clown has become something of a horror icon over the last few years. His popularity has also been fueled by appearing on a lot of merch, fan art, and even in tattoos. (You may be more familiar with Art the Clown as an image than anything else.)
So, now that you know the ~history~ of the Terrifier films and Art the Clown, I'll give you a quick rundown of what happens in each of these movies, in case you're the kind of person who wants to know but is too scared to actually watch. (If you don't want any spoilers, that's cool. You can just jump to the end and see where you can watch all these movies!)
Also, this is your final warning — there are lots of mentions of extreme violence ahead.