'Terrifier 2' Is A Better Movie That Is Both Fun And Highly Brutal
By Sal LoCicero | October 31, 2022
Four years after the infamous massacre, Art the Clown has been resurrected by a sinister entity and is ready to go on another killing spree. This time, his targets are brother and sister on Halloween night. Jonathan, the little brother, is fixated on the serial killer that he has decided to make his own costume and dress up as Art the Clown. Sienna, his older sister, and their mother Barbara, want Jonathan to quit his disturbing interest. When it hits the 31st of October, Art the Clown arrives to cause even more chaos.
The first Terrifier released five years ago and was not very well received, although with the sequel out it has grown a partial cult following. Damien Leone shares his love for 1980s B-rated slasher flicks, and Terrifer is the prime example. The movies go above and beyond with violence and gore, but since a lot of the practical effects are purposefully depicted unrealistically, the most vile and grotesque scenes come off slightly easier to watch - especially for die hard horror fans.
What makes ‘Terrifier 2’ a major improvement is that Leone has crafted a story that has a lot to offer. The first movie consisted of Art the Clown following the young women and torturing them, but here the main focus is on the family. The relationship between the brother, the daughter, and their mother feels authentic.
Lauren LaVera ends up turning into the next generation's scream queen. She is a terrific lead, and has the best moments in the final sequence. Elliot Fulham depicts the typical young brother cliques that are present in most movies, but his performance helps a little bit. His character should’ve been written better. Sarah Voight as Barbara, the mother, is really good. She comes off as a stressed out person who wants to discipline her children, even if she comes off pretty harsh in a few scenes.
David Howard Thornton as Art the Clown goes even further with portraying the sadistic serial killer. He’s ten times more vicious and evil, yet he is also funnier when he’s reacting to the aftermath of his brutal killings. Art is what brings the dark humor into play.
The violence that is presented has caused some controversy around audiences. There have been a few reports revealing that people either fainted or puked due to how shocking the violence is. The movie is a blend of fun and brutality. The blood and gore is not as consistent as the first movie, however when a murder scene occurs on screen the gore is turned up by a few notches, and if you were wondering, the first Terrifier did not take any safe routes whatsoever.
If you’re celebrating the rest of the spooky season, ‘Terrifier 2’ is better, funnier, crueler, and is an overall entertaining movie that overtakes its predecessor.
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