Just when you think there is nothing else to add to killer clown movies, a little horror gem sneaks up on you Terrifier.
The film is directed by Damien Leone and stars David Howard Thornton, Jenna Kanell, and Catherine Corcoran. It is based on Leone’s short film of the same name which was featured in his anthology All Hallows’ Eve. (check out the short film below)
The film original hit the festival audiences back in 2016 before being picked up by Dread Central Presents in 2018. It finally made its way to Netflix where most people are now discovering it. Like the creepy clown in the film, this horror film has really snuck up on the horror genre and has given it a swift kick in the ass.
The film revolves around the murderous Art The Clown who stalks two girls on Halloween night. He traces them back to an abandoned building we they are locked in with him. When one of the girls calls her sister to pick them up she’s just giving Art The Clown another potential victim.
Unlike other horror clowns like Pennywise or even the Joker, Art doesn’t speak. He mimes his way through the film expressing emotion through his clownish antics and creepy smile. He is a tall and lanky man dressed in a crude jester costume.
Art dispatches his victims in more and more gruesome ways. Whether it’s slicing someone right down the middle or brutally decapitating someone, Art’s rampage is gory and very bloody. He even at one point parades around in the skin and hair of one of his victims in one of the most disgusting scenes in the movie.
Terrifier is a great throwback to slashers of the 80s. Everything from the score to the way the movie is shot is a nice throwback to the great grindhouse films of old.
With that said HipZOMJoint gives Terrifier a 9.5 out of 10.