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Exclusive: David Howard Thornton Talks ‘Terrifier’ Sequel, Art the Clown

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A little over a year ago, on March 15th, 2018, Damien Leone’s ‘Terrifier‘ officially dropped and a cult classic was born.

After a successful stint on the festival circuit, Leone’s gory horror flick exposed even more people to the movie’s killer, Art the Clown, who was portrayed brilliantly by David Howard Thornton.

The film became so popular that ‘Terrifier 2‘ is in the works, following a successful campaign on Indiegogo.

“We are definitely upping the game in the sequel” Thornton told me about the sequel.

“It’s much more ambitious and narrative driven from the first film. You’ll definitely be seeing some more over the top kills from Art since we are not pulling back. You’ll also see a new protagonist that just might be the Batman to Art’s Joker.

We are introducing that character here and hope to do more with them in future films.”

According to the synopsis of ‘Terrifier 2’: “After being resurrected by a sinister entity, Art the Clown returns to Miles County where he must hunt down and destroy a teenage girl and her younger brother on Halloween night. As the body count rises, the siblings fight to stay alive while uncovering the true nature of Art’s evil intent. ”

Thornton’s performance as Art the Clown left a lasting impression on the audience, and when coupled with the creatively gory kill scenes, made for one heck of a memorable movie.

“I had seen “All Hallow’s Eve” before I even knew about “Terrifier” and loved the character” Thornton said.

“I found out about the auditions via an online actor’s audition site. They said that they were looking for a tall, skinny man that had physical comedy or clowning experience for “the role of a life time”.

I knew immediately that I was perfect for the role and contacted my reps to submit me for the audition. The rest is history. You can actually find my audition online as well, which I had to improvise on the spot.”

Thornton was a perfect fit for Art the Clown, and his facial expressions in particular, really accentuated his performance.

“Well, one of my biggest skill sets as an actor is my voice” Thornton said.

“I do over 200 impersonations, so that is something I have always relied on for characterization. That was taken away from me, so I had to find a new way to convey emotional meaning to the character while simultaneously making him an entertaining and unique character to watch.

As for my facial expressions, I have been developing them my whole life. I’ve always loved making cartoonish faces, so I thought that this would be a perfect place to put those skills to use.”

Thornton also discussed his inspiration for the Art the Clown character as he approached the role.

“I drew my inspiration for Art from a lot of different sources. The most obvious being Mike Giannelli’s original portrayal of Art in “All Hallow’s Eve”. He gave me a great foundation to really build my version of the character from.

From there, I combined my love of great horror villains (especially Freddy and The Joker) and coupled that with my love of great physical and silent film comedians. I look at Art as the bastard love child of Freddy Krueger and Harpo Marx.

I also found much inspiration from my dear friend and mentor, Stefan Karl (Robbie Rotten from “Lazy Town”) who I understudied as the Grinch for 5 tours. He was a master at physical comedy and taught me a lot that helped me to fine tune my skills. Unfortunately, he passed away last year from cancer. But yes, you will see a lot of Stefan in Art.”

Thornton also recognizes that the horror genre has produced a ton of content over the past few years, with many of the films going largely unnoticed by mainstream press, including ‘Terrifier’.

“Well, ours for one by the main stream press” Thornton pointed out.

“We still don’t get recognized by the likes of IGN, Hollywood Reporter, etc because we don’t have a studio currently behind us paying for that type of publicity.”

Thornton went on to say that horror fan sites and horror fans are to be credited in helping the movie gain popularity.

“It’s the horror fan sites and the fans themselves that have really gotten the word out for us” Thornton adds.

“Such is the case for many other entertaining indie horror films. Some that spring to mind that I really enjoyed are “The Babysitter”, “Tragedy Girls”, and “The Final Girls”. All really fun films that did some interesting things with the genre and took more risks and were more innovative and fun than many of the main stream big budget films that are out today.”

In regards to horror movies, Thornton is certainly a fan and lists the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, NOES 3: Dream Warriors, Halloween, The Exorcist, and The Omen, among his favorites.

With Thornton reprising his role for ‘Terrifier 2’, we are all in store for another incredible performance that should further cement Art the Clown as one of horror’s memorable killers.

Anthony DiMoro is the leader writer and founder of 'Fright Nerd'. DiMoro has written for popular websites such as Forbes and The Huffington Post. DiMoro cites Friday the 13th, A Nightmare On Elm Street and Halloween among his favorite horror movies of all time.

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Uncork’d Entertainment Drops Trailer for ‘The Darkness of the Road’

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Uncork’d Entertainment has unveiled the brand new trailer for their brand new horror ‘The Darkness of the Road’ which will make it’s premier, just in time for the holiday season, on DVD and Digital on December 14th.

Directed by Eduardo Rodriguez and starring Najarra Townsend, the film is about: “A single mother and her young daughter are driving on a desolate road in a moonless desert. After meeting a young female hitchhiker at a gas station, the mother realizes her daughter is missing. As they search for her, a merciless force begins to torment the two women, unraveling a world of terror they must survive if they are to discover the terrifying truth behind the daughter’s disappearance.”

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Hammer Films Forms Hammer Studios Ltd.

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Hammer Horror is synonymous with the horror genre in a way that not many brands are, with Hammer Film Productions behind the releases of a number of horror classics with their spins on iconic characters such as Frankenstein, Dracula, and the Mummy.

Despite being in the horror game for as long as they have they are still churning out movies, some of which include ‘The Woman in Black’ and ‘Let Me In’ in recent years, and a now they are taking another step towards the future.

According to Variety, Hammer Films has teamed up with Network Distributing to form Hammer Studios Ltd.

Per the report: “The new entity will manage and control Hammer’s interests in its vast library of content such as “The Woman in Black” (2012), “Let Me In” (2010), “Dracula” (1958), “The Abominable Snowman” (1957) and “The Quatermass Experiment” (1953).”

“Hammer Studios will invest substantially both in restoration and new production development from both its owned and newly created IP.”

“This partnership is a really exciting opportunity to merge Hammer’s amazing library with Network’s infrastructure” according to a statement by Network Distributing’s Tim Beddows. Whilst we work our way through restoring its entire back catalogue for future generations’ enjoyment, we’re equally excited about the development of new productions from the Hammer canon.”

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ARROW December Lineup Includes ‘The Last Matinee’

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The Last Matinee

Arrow Video has unveiled the December lineup of horror movies set to his their new subscription-based platform, which is available for subscribers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland.

Among the films arriving to the platform include Maximiliano “Maxi” Contenti’s stylish neo-giallo love letter ‘The Last Matinee’, which made its US premiere at Panic Fest and screened at Sitges and the Cleveland International Film Festival. The movie will make its debut on ARROW on December 1st.

Here is the full press release:

ARROW Stories will be home to a number of exclusive extras this December. Extras for The Last Matinee include an interview with director Maxi Contenti and Killer Attractions: Maxi Contenti & Ricardo Islas in Conversation, a discussion between the film’s director and star Ricardo Islas, director of Frankenstein: Day of the Beast.

December 1 will see the arrival of The Last Matinee (UK/US/CA/IRE), Santa Sangre (US/CA), All the Colors of the Giallo (UK/US/CA/IRE), King Boxer (UK/US/CA/IRE), The Boxer from Shantung (UK/US/CA/IRE), Five Shaolin Masters (UK/US/CA/IRE), Shaolin Temple (UK/US/CA/IRE), Mighty Peking Man (UK/US/CA/IRE), Challenge of the Masters (UK/US/CA/IRE), Executioners of Shaolin (UK/US/CA/IRE), Dirty Ho (UK/US/CA/IRE), Heroes of the East (UK/US/CA/IRE), Chinatown Kid (UK/US/CA/IRE), The Five Venoms (UK/US/CA/IRE), Crippled Avengers (UK/US/CA/IRE), Apprentice to Murder (US), and Mill of the Stone Women (UK/US/CA/IRE).
December 1’s Seasonal offerings begin with The Sublime Gothic: Edgar Allan Poe adaptations, cursed crumbling castles, decaying minds and ancestral homes, mad untethered emotions and lashings of overwrought doom and mystery – we love to wallow in the sublime gothic at ARROW, and with The Mill of the Stone Women joining our ranks, this seemed the perfect opportunity for a season devoted to the wild, the tormented, the possibly haunted and the aching romance of all things deliciously dark and gothic.
Titles include: Mill of the Stone Women, Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key, The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave, The Black Cat, and The Shiver of the Vampires.
Also bowing on December 1 is The Dark of the Matinee, inspired by The Last Matinee. A season full of thrills, chills, smiles, tears, scares and buckets of blood, with films from across the service that are set in the cinema or theatre, The Dark of the Matinee highlights the refuge that the cinema can be for us, but also all the scary things that could happen in there… once the lights go down.
Titles include: The Last Matinee, Blood Theater, Cinema Paradiso, and Tale of Cinema.
December 6’s Season delves deep into the land of monsters with the Kaiju Collection, the best selection of the biggest and baddest city, village and bad guy stomping giant monsters around. Whether it’s heartbroken and angry hundred-foot tall apes, world-saving friend to all children turtles, enormous injustice smiting stone warriors, or even a gaggle of freaky looking spirits – ARROW’s got it covered. Make sure you’re wearing a helmet as we unleash the Shaw Brother’s spin on King Kong: Mighty Peking Man; all of the spinning, flying and fire-breathing baddie battling Gamera’s adventures; the full trilogy of peasant protector Daimajin’s feudal fights for fairness; and the original three strange and spooky Yokai films, as well as the legendary Takashi Miike’s recent reboot.
Titles include: Mighty Peking Man, Gamera vs. Viras, Wrath of Daimajin, and 100 Monsters.
December 10th debuts Paranoia (US/CA), So Sweet so Perverse (US/CA), A Quiet Place to Kill (US/CA), and Knife of Ice (US/CA).
In the run-up to Christmas Day, ARROW offers up an absolute gift of a curated season to give your cheeks a warm and rosy festive glow. So open these presents early (we won’t tell), finish that drink, clear your throat and bust out your best carol-singing voice for our take on a yuletide classic starting December 14, The 12 Slays of Christmas:
On the Twelfth Day of Christmas, My ARROW gave to me: Twelve scissors slashing, Eleven cultists chasing, Ten ghosts a-waiting, Nine ladies loving, Eight men under tables, Seven creepy hotels, Six censors snipping, FIIIVE GWILL-I-AMS!, Four crawling guys, Three metalheads, Two cannibals, and a shunt into So-ci-e-ty!
Titles include: The Stylist, Threshold, A Ghost Waits, Jumbo, Man Under Table, Sleep, Video Nasties, Gwilliam, The Bloodhound, Heavy Trips, The Hills Have Eyes, and Society.
December 20 closes out 2021 with ARROW’s release of The Brian Lonano Collection, Volume 2. The second half of the lineup launches even more mind-breaking shorts from one of our most favorite ARROW contributors, Brian Lonano, onto the service. Get excited as for the second collection of his stability shredding shorts Brian takes you to insanity… and beyond! 8-bit beats-dropping moon ghosts, giant killer robots, interplanetary war, monsters, grooving in graveyards, Martian visions, Absinthe-fuelled spectral transmissions from beyond the veil, effed up funerals, experimental animation and even a head-thieving witch, hold on flipping tight as Brian Lonano is about to go off and we ain’t stopping him.
Titles include: 8bit Ghost Hop, Attackazoids!, Attackazoids, Deploy!!, Casket Climber Insect God, Electrical Skeketal, Martian Precursor, Welcome to Dignity Pastures, Memorial, Don’t Lose Your Head and The Transmission.
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