Terrifier (2016)

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Remember Art the Clown from All Hallows’ Eve? Well, he has returned in this feature-length version of the 2011 short film that provides very terrifying thrills and plenty of gore.

Best friend Tara and Dawn have spent a night out hanging out and drinking. On their way back to their car, they find themselves seen by the mysterious Art the Clown, who stars specifically at Tara and carries a large garbage bag. When they head to the local eatery, Art follows them and sits across from them, again staring at Tara. Getting the creeps, Tara and Dawn decide to leave. Meanwhile, Art gets himself kicked out of the place for doing something bad in the restroom.

When Tara and Dawn find themselves stranded due to a flat tire, Tara finds herself getting called by Mother Nature after she calls her sister Victoria to come get them. Finding an abandoned building, the exterminator in charge of fixing up the place reluctantly lets Tara go to the restroom. However, Art is close by and begins a deadly killing spree after butchering the two workers of the eatery. As Victoria makes her way to find Tara and Dawn, the best friends find themselves terrorized and Art is not holding back at all.

Director Damien Leone unleashes his iconic Art the Clown in this feature length version of his 2011 short film that amps up both the terror and the gore. While Mike Giannelli brought some scares in 2013’s anthology All Hallows’ Eve, David Howard Thorton’s take in this film is a more amped up on steroid version of the character. From the opening credits, where we see Art putting on his mask and costume, it is clear Thornton’s intention is clear: bring on the scares and especially the blood…and there’s tons of it in this film.

Jenna Kanell and Catherine Corcoran make the most of their performances as best friends Tara and Dawn, who finds themselves stalked and eventually terrorized by Art. Especially Tara, who gets the chills when at the local eatery, Art walks up to her and goes down on one knee and fake “proposes” to her. Thorton’s smile is just very terrifying and creepy to say the least. It is when a very shocking twist in the scene after the opening credit sequence alone happens, it gives you a glimpse of what to expect in terms of its bloodletting.

And this film doesn’t hold back in its gore factor. In other words, if you don’t have a strong stomach or heart, you’re going to want to avoid this one. The methods of killing Art does in the film is not only over the top, but they are completely shocking! Victims get sliced, diced, sawed, and shot and the blood is insanely spurting like geysers as if we’re watching an Italian giallo or Japanese horror film. The film also delves in some intricate twists and turns involving supporting characters, especially an unfringed woman who has a baby doll for a “child”. And if that’s not crazy enough, wait until the final ten mind-blowing minutes. That’s all that needs to be said.

Terrifier truly lives up to its name with David Howard Thorton’s take on Art the Clown being the highlight of the film as he is amped up and ready for all hell and gore!

WFG RATING: A

Dread Central presents a Dark Age Cinema Production. Director: Damien Leone. Producers: Damien Leone, George Steuber, and Phil Falcone. Writer: Damien Leone. Cinematography: George Steuber. Editing: Damien Leone.

Cast: Jenna Kanell, Samantha Scaffidi, David Howard Thornton, Catherine Corcoran, Pooya Mohseni, Matt McAllister, Katie Maguire, Gino Cafarelli, Cory DuVal, Michael Leavy, Erick Zamora, Clifton Dunn.

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