One thing that Damien Leone’s ‘Terrifier’ did right was their partnership with Dread Central, which helped promote this movie and provide it the exposure to draw in more viewers.
It certainly paid off huge with this flick.
The other thing that the movie did well was it’s casting of Art the Clown, played by David Howard Thornton, who played the role perfectly, from his facial expressions to his toyful taunting of his victims.
But as far as everything else, this film misses some marks.
While the brutal kills are cringeworthy, and the special effects are definitely solid, the film goes off track too many times to really maintain momentum.
The main character roles are swapped around too much, the logic of some of the story’s twists and turns seemed a bit hollow and rushed, and the character of Art the Clown seemed above the film, because, well, he was.
Art the Clown has potential to be really memorable. David Howard Thornton captured a true essence with his portrayal and it has laid the groundwork to become something much bigger.
But being caught in a slasher that loses your interest not even halfway through, will be unfortunate if it continues.
I’m a big fan of slasher films and I understand their sense of humor, I appreciate how they don’t take themselves too seriously, and how slasher flicks live in the gore and the killing, famously, and humorously, shooting for the lewd and ridiculous over a serious tone, more often than not.
But ‘Terrifier’ doesn’t seem like it’s living in the slasher genre, it seems to want to be taken seriously and relies on, what it thinks is a solid story, and navigates through this story in a confusing and perplexing way.
I read a lot of reviews regarding the film and mostly all of them rave about the potential of Art the Clown as a horror movie icon.
But the character needs a bit more than what ‘Terrifier’ delivers in terms of depth, he needs a movie that seems on par with what he is delivering, because had David Howard Thornton not delivered the performance that he did as Art the Clown, this movie would probably been utterly unwatchable for me, despite it’s twisted kills.
The film does offer some pretty disturbing kills and scenes, such as the death of Dawn and the plight of Victoria, but it’s not enough to prop up an otherwise sloppy film.
With that being said, the movie is worth seeing, and memorable because of Art the Clown and because of some gory kills, and it will give you hope of something bigger for a horror character with a lot of potential.
But its challenging muddling through the parts of the film without gore, or Art the Clown’s behavior, and that will drag this film down, even for the experienced slasher fans.