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Art the Clown returns this fall as “TERRIFIER 2” gets distribution

Thursday, June 30, 2022 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

The slasher sequel is coming to make Halloween a little gorier.

The streaming platform Screambox and Bloody Disgusting have announced their acquisition of North American rights to TERRIFIER 2, writer/director Damien Leone’s follow-up to his popular splatterfest. The movie will play theaters nationwide in October before streaming exclusively on Screambox. David Howard Thornton is back as the vicious, bloodthirsty Art the Clown, joined by Lauren LaVera, returning actress Samantha Scaffidi, Elliott Fullam and Felissa Rose (SLEEPAWAY CAMP). The synopsis: “TERRIFIER 2 has Art the Clown up to his old tricks once again. Following his gruesome demise in the first film, a sinister presence has brought Art back to life to rain terror on the residents of Miles County. On Halloween night, he returns to the unassuming town and sets his sights on fresh prey: a teenage girl [LaVera] and her little brother [Fullam].”

“Just like our incredible fan base, Bloody Disgusting immediately recognized the film’s franchise potential and acknowledged Art the Clown as a new and formidable presence in the genre,” Leone says. “It was encouraging to find the perfect home for our batshit crazy, no-holds-barred, balls-to-the-wall horror film after three arduous years of production, a global pandemic and endless gallons of blood. Our goal was to create a horror film that was boundary-pushing, fresh yet old-school and demented as hell. You know…a film you can take the kids to! We are thrilled to finally answer that once-dreaded question… “So, when does TERRIFIER 2 come out?!’”

“The TERRIFIER franchise embodies everything that’s great about the iconic slasher flicks of the ’80s and ’90s,” said Bloody Disgusting/Screambox’s Brad Miska. “It’s nostalgic, it’s dark, it’s bloody, so it’s no wonder the movie—and especially Art the Clown—have become a staple for horror and Halloween fans alike. Fans are not prepared for what they’re about to experience.”

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.