‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’, ‘The Prophecy’ and the movies that inspired ‘Terrifier’

Damien Leone, creator of Art the Clown and director of the ‘Terrifier’ universe, shares his diverse film influences and inspirations ranging from Arnold Schwarzenegger to Martin Scorsese to ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.’

Horror movies dominate the billboard this last part of the year. Since Barbarian, Smile, Halloween: The Final Night Y devil’s light in movie theaters Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities on streaming platforms, a wide group of filmmakers express their love for the genre in different and unique ways while telling stories that resonate deeply with audiences.

One of these voices is that of damien leonewho has created his own cinematic universe using Art the Clownhis deranged and bloody character who stars in Terrifier (already available on digital platform) and Terrifier 2 (which will soon be released in theaters in our country). But since The 9th Circle Y halloween eve he manifested his pure love for the practical forms of horror.

In an interview with John Bizub published on the Filmspeak site, the filmmaker spoke in detail about some of his main influences. “Above all to capture the supernatural tone I tried to recover a bit the essence of Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors“.

However, when it comes to the bloody explosion, he quoted a classic by George A. Romero: “in terms of murder and violence and being ruthless and direct, the Dawn of the Dead original is one of my favorite movies of all time. In the same way that the film delivers its product directly and consistently, I wanted to do that for the audience.”

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Damien Leone and actor David Howard Thornton dressed as Art the Clown during the filming of ‘Terrifier 2’.

Without offering spoilers about Terrifier 2, Marking the return of the mute clown (whose silent demeanor is reminiscent of the formidable Charlie Chaplin), one of the most polarizing aspects of the film is its mystical touch of fantasy. About, Leone notes that he grew up “loving 1980s sword and sorcery movies like The Beastmaster, Red Sonja, Conan the Barbarian [estas dos últimas protagonizadas por Arnold Schwarzenegger] and especially Excalibur, so there’s a lot of that injected into this movie that people might miss.”

Other works that shaped the imagination of the American director are Return of the Living Dead Y evil dead 2. “While I admire them, it’s not a style I look for in my own films. I always go for a more serious tone but, ironically, the comedy in Terrifier it was very organic and almost wrote itself. But it’s a comedy that comes from the character himself who has always had a sick sense of humor.”


Damien Leone behind the scenes of ‘Terrifier 2’.

In another interview for Dread Central, Leone shares an anecdote that metaphorically explains why horror is in his DNA. “I’ve always been a fan of horror, ever since I was a kid. In fact my mother gave me this name [Damien] after The prophecy [cuyo diabólico niño se llama Damien]”.

Over the years, he had no choice but to continue cultivating his fascination for the genre. “When I was little, Jason [de Viernes 13] He was my favorite slasher. But with the passage of time, the franchises, but especially the original ones of Halloween Y The Texas Chainsaw Massacre they became my favorites. That is to say, as a filmmaker, they are the ones I appreciate the most”. Just as, in formal terms, he admires the work of Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino.

‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’, ‘The Prophecy’ and the movies that inspired ‘Terrifier’