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Directed by Damien Leone
Written by Damien Leone
Starring Jenna Kanell, Samantha Scaffidi, David Howard Thornton, Catherine Corcoran, Pooya Mohseni and Matt McAllister

A maniacal clown named Art terrorizes three young women on Halloween night and everyone else who stands in his way.

The following tags are associated with this movie: slasher, clown, gore
Terrifier (2017)
Review by Bradley Frohloff

8 / 10
I have an affinity for slasher movies and horror movies featuring clowns, so with Terrifier being a heavy combination of those two things, it wasn't too much of a surprise that my overall enjoyment of the movie was positive.

Firstly, I'm going to mention the somewhat negative side to the movie with that being it's extreme lack of plot. To make things clear, I've never seen All Hallow's Eve yet, which is where this clown supposedly originates from and while I don't know if that movie contains some sort of backstory for Art the Clown, I feel that even if I had watched that movie, it probably wouldn't have made a difference to me. The lack of details left me feeling somewhat empty, like something was missing to complete my enjoyment of what I had just watched.

With that being said, the lack of plot and character backstory aids in the complete depravity of the character and of the movie itself. The movie is immensely gory and violent and since there's no real story to tell, Terrifier fills in the time which other normal slasher movies would be using to build character development and pushing the story forward with even more stalking and slashing. There's very little time to relax in your seat, there's no good time to take a few minutes out to go take a piss or anything like that otherwise you're going to miss something.

I had heard from others that the acting wasn't all that great but to be honest I thought it was up to par for a low budget slasher flick. David Howard Thornton does a fine job as Art the Clown, utilising a range of different facial expressions fitting for a character that goes from creep to freak in a flash. While no one else in the movie are all that memorable, they are all serviceable in their respective roles.

I haven't seen a lot of other movies that were similar to Terrifier, maybe the closest being Laid to Rest. They're both extremely violent slasher flicks and even though Laid to Rest does have a little more plot than Terrifier has, it's still really light on details and we also don't really learn much of anything about the character (at least until the sequel).
Terrifier (2017)
Review by Michael Mahoney

8 / 10
Originally a short from 2011, and then edited into the anthology All Hallows' Eve in 2013, this film follows the homicidal Art the Clown as he dispatches multiple victims in inventively gory ways.

Plot isn't really a high point of this film, but then again, I don't think it really needs to be. No background information is given on Art, and he doesn't utter a word during his stunning performance, but for a film like this, I don't feel that's a terrible drawback. What mattered was the gore and tension, and this movie has it.

Art the Clown was damn creepy. Even before he started killing people, he made me feel more than a little uneasy. A damn creepy performance by David Howard Thornton utilized facial expressions and hand gestures to amazing effect. Just by his actions in the pizza restaurant - that smile, his staring - it freaked me out. And I watched this during the day. I cannot imagine watching this in the dark of night. Seriously, Thronton's performance here was one of the freakiest I've seen in a long time.

Jenna Kanell did well also, though of course was nowhere near as memorable as Thornton, no matter how cute she was. Same with Samantha Scaffidi - both of them can likely do well in the future (Kanell was already in The Bye Bye Man, though I've heard only negative things about that film). Neither was amazing, but they both did competently enough.

It's true that the whole cat-and-mouse game, with Art chasing after a new victim just after killing the previous one, felt a bit old after a while, but given Thronton's strong performance throughout the film, it didn't really bother me all that much. What helped fight against the potential boredom was the strong gore - great gory effects throughout the film, and it's certainly not for the faint of heart. Terrifier's gore rivals some of the strongest stuff I've seen in recent times, so kudos to that department also.

Terrifier is a pretty tense and freaky movie, especially with the early scenes featuring Art. Talk about unsettling *shudders*. The ending was a bit weak, and if that was supposed to be a twist, then they need to try harder, but the gore and acting make this a film that I think many horror fans would enjoy, even without having previously seen All Hallows' Eve.
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