October 3, 2022 Terrifier 2 (Movie Review)
We are in the year 2022, and in the land of horror films, it is no easy task to bring in an original idea. However, there are plenty of other opportunities to make a successful Horror film. Set for release on October 6th in theaters from Cinedigm in partnership with Iconic Events, Terrifier 2 is full of these opportunities; even as a sequel to a movie about a killer clown which is a concept done many times over.
For those who did not view the original Terrifier from 2016, it is a must see before watching the sequel; and watching them back-to-back would be a really fantastic way to spend a Horror-filled evening. Also, worth noting is the predecessor to both of these films, 2013’s All Hallows Eve, could also be a fun watch before Terrifier 2 as well.
With all these suggestions made, the creepy smile of Art the Clown (David Howard Thornton: Nightwing: Escalation series, The Dark Offerings 2021) dressed in a black & white Clown suit, often covered in a plethora of blood splatter, is back again… and this time with a young girl clown accomplice. As a definite Slasher film, it also has a deeper plot than most stories in this Horror sub-genre. Why? Because there is an element of care for the characters built up before they get brutally hacked or shot to death with various interesting weapons.
In Terrifier 2 there are also a couple great cameos, but if they are revealed, it would take away from the story. So rather than give any spoilers, we will dive into the premise of Terrifier 2 which takes us into a broken family life with the brother and sister; Jonathan (Elliott Fullam: Get Rolling with Otis series, The Other Two series) and Sienna (Lauren LaVera: Iron Fist 2017, A Taste of Christmas 2020). Their mother takes on a challenging role, and pulls it off with much prosperity.
Additionally, the timeline setting of pre-Halloween into the holiday itself worked very well at bringing the fantastical elements into a more realistic realm. Also, there is the introduction of a dream sequence with a catchy song about a clown café which is a great way to bridge the gap between fantasy and reality in a surreal sort of way.
Timing is wildly important in films like these, and from the very beginning which is chock full of brutal gore, to the end which flowed back and forth from reality into imagination, Terrifer 2 really got it right. They used a very solid plot to keep the gore moments more of a surprise. And if you are watching Terrifer 2, chances are you are a fan of the original. Stating the obvious, if you don’t see how this sequel could possibly top the scene with the girl hanging upside down in Terrifer, well, there is an equally fun scene to look forward to in part 2!
There really are not enough good things to say about Terrifer 2 because it definitely surpasses any expectations you will have gone into watching it; and stands out as one of the best killer clown movies out there. Horror filmmaking is ironically not dead yet, and that is why Cryptic Rock happily gives Terrifer 2, 5 out of 5 stars.