Terrifier Brings Back The Clown That Scares
Terrifier. Film Details.
Director: Damien Leone
Writer: Damien Leone
Release Date: March 27th, 2018
Release Format: VOD
MPAA Rating: N/A
Running Time: 82 min
A maniacal clown terrorizes three young women on Halloween night and everyone else who stands in his way.
Related Article: Terrifier First Impressions
Art the Clown was first witnessed in a short film written, produced and directed by Damien Leone called Terrifier. Leone brought back the character two times: one in a segment of a horror anthology in All Hallow’s Eve and now in Terrifier, the feature film that I’ll be reviewing right about now. I must warn you though… it will get bloody.
Jenna Kanell as Tara
Catherine Corcoran as Dawn
Samantha Scaffidi as Victoria
David Howard Thornton as Art The Clown
As a fan of horror slashers and before watching Terrifier I needed to watch what Art The Clown was based on. I’ve watched All Hallow’s Eve before and even though I genuinely enjoyed the character in it, I was greedy for more. The original short film impressed me a lot by its visuals, tension, and gore. Art The Clown stood out even more and I was delighted to watch the feature film. Leone’s heightened and longer version is a pleasure to attend.
Terrifier got me stuck in my seat and without realizing the realizing by rapidly. It has all the ingredients to keep you entertained, terrified (pun intended) and mesmerised. It’s funny, provocative, very suspenseful and frightening in every way possible.
Leone did an amazing job bringing back the original atmosphere. There are a lot of homages of cult horror films here such as Sleepaway Camp (you don’t want to miss this one), Halloween, Friday the 13th and Saw. The cinematography is pretty impressive with a huge amount of contrast and vivid colours. It brings weirder and discomforting visuals to strengthen the scenes.
The shots are planned beforehand which can aid in these low budget gorefest films to embellish the final product. It works and it stands out on its own. I’m still shaking after watching it because this may be one of the best slasher films I’ve come across in a while… The setting is eerie and adequate and the characters are relatable. You won’t find characters added just to raise the body count! Yet you will witness a lot of blood, guts and genius death scenes.
All the actors give natural performances but the one that stood out was from the Clown himself played by David Howard Thornton. What an amazing performance and a thrilling experience watching him portray the deadly, twisted and at times funny villain. I saw a big passion for the character and a lot of prep which translated a lot on screen. At times I was wondering if he was acting… his lost glaze and his ability to change expressions in a second were exhilarating to watch. Bravo.
When I think of killer clowns I imagine rats, sewers, blood, original death scenes and a circus. Terrifier has all of this. Leone brought to life a character that we may remember for a long time. Such as Meyers, Krueger or Vorhees.
If you’re into slashers with gore and no boundaries don’t hesitate and watch Terrifier which hits VOD March 27th. In the meantime and if you can’t wait any longer just watch Leone’s short film right here, it might prepare you for what’s to come…