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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.

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Eli Roth-Produced ‘Haunt’ Arrives in September

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‘Haunt’, which is a new film produced by Eli Roth and directed by Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, the writing team behind ‘A Quiet Place’, has dropped a new trailer ahead of it’s arrival.

‘Haunt’ is set to make it’s world premier at Popcorn Frights, and will head to theaters on September 13th.

According to the synopsis: “On Halloween, a group of friends encounter an “extreme” haunted house that promises to feed on their darkest fears. The night turns deadly as they come to the horrifying realization that some monsters are real.”

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A Haunted Ship Sets Sail in ‘Mary’

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RLJE Films has dropped a trailer for ‘Mary’, which they recently acquired and have slated for release in theaters, and on digital and VOD on October 11th.

Starring Gary Oldman and Emily Mortimer, the movie tells the tale of:

“David (Oldman) is a struggling blue-collar captain looking to make a better life for his family. Strangely drawn to an abandoned ship that is up for auction, David impulsively buys the boat, believing it will be his family’s ticket to happiness and prosperity. But soon after they embark on their maiden journey, strange and frightening events begin to terrorize David and his family, causing them to turn on one another and doubt their own sanity. With tensions high, the ship drifts off course, and it becomes horrifyingly clear that they are being lured to an even greater evil out at sea.”

Check out the official trailer below:

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‘Holiday Hell’ Tells Four Tales This Holiday Season

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Who doesn’t need a bit of horror around the holidays?

This November, ‘Holiday Hell’ will arrive in limited theaters and on VOD and DVD, and the Jeffrey Combs starring film will introduce four tales of horror, all packed in one film.

According to the synopsis: ” A mysterious shopkeeper narrates four horror tales, each set during a different holiday. “

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