Art the Clown returns to terrorize a teenage girl whose
father foresaw a bizarre connection between the two.
Terrifier 2 (2022)
Written and Directed by Damien Leone
Starring David Howard Thornton, Lauren LaVera,
Elliott Fullam, Kailey Hyman, Casey Hartnett, Sarah Voigt
Sequel to 2016's Terrifier
While Terrifier fans have been clamoring for a sequel these past six years, I don't think anybody anticipated how financially successful and critically acclaimed this crowdfunded sequel would become. Terrifier 2 has so far grossed nearly $8 million on a microbudget of $250,000. That's beyond impressive, and as we saw with the first film, Damien Leone knows how to spend his money. Once again, the gore effects are the star here, and David Howard Thornton's impeccable performance as Art the Clown continues to anchor this insane, fast-growing franchise. Granted, I don't think the film needed to be just under two and a half hours long, but even so, the pace works. Leone knows exactly what kind of film he wants to make.
It's been a year since Art's massacre in the apartment building, and in that time, Art has become sort of legendary in Miles County. A teenage girl named Sienna (LaVera) and her brother Jonathan (Fullam) are afraid of running into him on Halloween night, especially since their recently deceased father had visions of Art going after them. Of course, this being a horror movie, Art does exactly that, leading to some horrifically grisly deaths. One girl just gets ripped apart by Art with his bare hands. I think the hype became larger than the film itself, though. There were reports of people becoming physically sick while watching, which was just ridiculous. But still, it got people talking.
Terrifier 2 allows Leone to build on his passion project with a bigger budget, and the end result is one of the most successful and crowd-pleasing horror films of the year. This thing went up against Halloween Ends and Black Adam and held its own. It's vicious, freakish, uncompromising, and just plain depraved. And that's exactly what people wanted.