when last year Terrifier 2 it became among the ten highest grossing films in the United States, its legend was already installed. Fans of the genre knew Terrifier (2016) but for almost all of the viewers it was a forceful surprise, a word of mouth that progressed uncontrollably while the testimonies of fainted viewers and vomiting in the room made it an experience as frightening as it was tempting. What had Terrifier 2 what caused this? The phenomenon crossed borders and, against all initial forecasts, it ended up being released in many countries, including several in Latin America.
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Damien Leone is the creator of Terrifier 2 and his creation has all the ingredients of great horror titles of the past. The aesthetic that he imposed on this film refers to the horror movies of the seventies and eighties, where digital visual effects did not exist and where political correctness had not yet appeared. How could a movie about a brutal and ruthless serial killer be politically correct? But mainly the story of Art The Clown has as its main element its wild and untamed gore aesthetic, difficult to tolerate for those who do not love the bloodiest and most explicit variant of horror movies. Leone spares us the steps that other movie villains have taken and already makes explicit the supernatural condition of the story. From there, everything is possible.
The film not only became famous for the reaction of the spectators at the functions. It also made a name for itself because it was partly funded by fans. Leone estimated that he would need about $50,000 to complete the low-budget film but ended up raising $125,000, which ended up being half of the total budget. He also dreamed of a limited release, but the film began to be well-responsible in some showings and ended up being a US-wide release that reached the top ten of the North American box office. Passing $10 million at the box office and being among the three best-selling titles on Blu-Ray/DVD in its country, the film has been a gigantic success of independent cinema.
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Leone not only succeeded commercially. After the criticism received by the wild and small Terrifier (2016) the director kept his pride in his pocket and carefully read all the criticisms that were made, to try to improve on the sequel, which he obviously did. His ambition led him to go from a film under 90 minutes to this sequel at 2 hours and 18 minutes, an insane length for an independent gore film.
In this sequel, the protagonist is Sienna (Lauren LaVera), a teenager who lives tormented by the memory of her father’s death, the same happens with her strange younger brother and her mother, who worries about the future and present of her children. . It’s Halloween and it’s the anniversary of the crimes of Art the Clown (David Howard Thornton) whose figure still haunts the city, but no one believes that the murderer is still alive after an alleged brutal death. Sienna is, from the beginning, a horror movie heroine who prepares a half-warrior, half-angel Halloween costume. Although she does not know it, that will be the sign that she must face evil. An evil represented by that murderer who has inspired the image of her in the mime Marcel Marceau, one of the best artists that have ever existed, both on and off the screen. The monster condition of him who does not say a word makes Art one of the most memorable villains in cinema. His future in history is assured.
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Watch Terrifier 2 in cinema in the commercial circuit it is almost a miracle. It is not a horror movie that is usually seen on the big screen. It’s exciting that his aesthetic, his wild and out of control style can be enjoyed in a place that is usually occupied by dull and unfunny horror movies, all similar to each other. It is true that it takes some courage and a good stomach to go through this film, but it is always better to see an original and outrageous work than to walk the tepid paths of the predictable. Terrifier 2 It is one of the most stimulating films that the genre has produced in recent years.