Terrifier (2017)

March 1, 2018 - 8:50pm | FrighT MasteR

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Damien Leone
Margaret Reed, Katie Maguire, Jenna Kanell, Catherine Corcoran, Samantha Scaffidi, David Howard Thornton, Julie Asriyan, Gino Cafarelli, Erick Zamora, Phil Falcone

After making a brief appearance in director Damien Leone's first short The 9th Circle, the maniacal muted clown known as "Art" got his own grindhouse-esque 20-minute short a few years later. Both tales eventually became segments in Leone's anthology movie All Hallows' Eve and it was only a matter of time before we got a full length film featuring Art. Thus, comes Terrifier (aptly named after the original short) once again focusing on Art as he terrorizes a few young woman and other unsuspecting victims in the city during Halloween night.

If you liked Art from his past appearances on screen then chances are you're gonna dig this movie, especially if you enjoyed the initial short because this is essentially an extended version of that, only with a higher body count and set in an old apartment building instead of a secluded gas station. It's a little disappointing in that respect since the movie doesn't really expand much on the Art character and seems to simply exist to showcase the gory carnage he causes. I was hoping it'd take place in more locations and maybe get some backstory on ol' Art, but unfortunately nothing really new is revealed.

A majority of the movie takes place in and around a somewhat vacant apartment building (it's being fumigated), as Art hunts down his female prey and takes out any pesky human obstacles along the way. What I've always liked about Art (aside from his creepy look) is his willingness to mess with his victims before he kills them. There's one particularly memorable scene involving him prancing around completely naked except for wearing his signature makeup, a wig, and a pair of breasts he recently cut out of a female victim. It's a very weird and disturbing scene, but it matches the character perfectly and makes him even more intriguing.

In the end, if all you're looking for from the movie is to see a creepy clown hack and slash his way through numerous bodies then there's no shortage of that, especially when it comes to gore. In fact, this is probably one of the goriest films I've seen in a good while. And not only is it gory, but it's all practical effects, so everything looks pretty damn impressive and even cringe worthy at times, which should please the underground folk and gore fiends.

If you like Art the Clown or the original Terrifier short then chances are you'll like this film. It doesn't really expand much in terms of story or characters, so if you were expecting to learn a bit more about the menacing clown then you'll be a bit disappointed. Though, if all you want is to see Art rack up the body count in several gory ways then this is the movie for you.

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