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Terrifier (2016) Horror Movie Buddy Review


On Halloween night, Tara Heyes finds herself as the obsession of a sadistic murderer known as Art the Clown.

With Terrifier 2 set to make its world premiere in just 3 weeks at Fright Fest, and then hitting theaters this fall, it seemed the perfect time to do a buddy review of the first Terrifier movie.

What’s a sleepover without scary movies?? Heresy, we say! When we got together for sleepover weekends, it pretty much goes without saying that we were going to end up watching a horror movie or two at some point. The only question is . . . which ones? Well, with Terrifier 2 nearly upon us, I (Sugar) suggested that we watch the first Terrifier since Scream and her husband had yet to see it.


Q: Soooo, what did you think? Did you enjoy the movie?

SCREAM: Art the Clown was the only decent actor in the whole  movie. Good thing he carried it for everyone. Also, good thing he murdered them for their bad acting. If it wasn’t for Art or the most brutal kill scene I’ve ever seen, I don’t think I would have enjoyed it at all.

SUGAR: Haha I love this movie and was more than happy to watch it for the third time. It gives me everything I want in a slasher movie and brings some extra chaotic fun to the mix along the way.


Q: How does Art the Clown stack up compared to other scary clowns that came before him?

SCREAM: Not much scares me in life. Clowns creep me the fuck out though. Art should scare me out of my skin, but I find his silent giggles endearing. All the other clowns can burn in Hell.

SUGAR: Haha I’m the opposite on this one. Clowns don’t bother me. However, as much as I love Art the Clown, he also creeps me the fuck out. 😛


Q: Do you think that Art the Clown has earned his place among other iconic slashers like Freddy, Jason, and Leatherface?

SCREAM: Yes. I knew who Art the Clown was before ever watching the movie. Now that I’ve watched it, it’s a character and a performance that I won’t soon forget.

SUGAR: For sure. He’s got so much personality and is so fun to watch.


Q: In an era of remake after remake, do you think Terrifier stands out as an original movie?

SCREAM:  I do. Overall, it’s your general slasher flick but with a new creative antagonist who isn’t afraid to switch up his weapons. You never really know how he’s going to kill someone, so that’s fun. Yeah, I said it. FUN.

SUGAR: Absolutely. There’s a lot of “woah” moments in this movie and things I haven’t seen before. Art is a sadistic slasher with a funny streak who has a lot of originality on his own, and brings that originality to the whole movie with the mayhem he inflicts on anyone unlucky enough to cross his path. It’s a great homage to slasher movies all while doing its own thing and I love that.


Q: Will you watch Terrifier 2 when it comes out?

SCREAM: Fuck-to-the-yeah!

SUGAR: Woo! It’s a date! ❤


With scary clown predecessors like Pennywise and the Killer Klowns from Outerspace coming before him, Art the Clown had big shoes to fill (Pun 100% intended) and we both clearly think he pulled it off. Have you seen Terrifier or the other movie Art is in All Hallows’ Eve? What did you think? Are you excited for Terrifier 2? 

Published by sugarandscream

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9 thoughts on “Terrifier (2016) Horror Movie Buddy Review

  1. Thanks for the review, my friends. Have not seen this yet but after all your infectious positivity towards it, I shall hunt it down Jason Vorhees style! As you like Killer Clown movies, we have our very own variant on the theme here in the UK called “Stitches” which is a fun little horror starring one of my very fave British comedians – Ross Noble. Recommended. 🙂

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  2. Okay, I literally just watched All Hallows’ Eve because it was selected (by me) for this week’s Huntsville Horror Club. I had seen Terrifier because my brother insisted I watch it, so we watched it in his garage where he has chainsaws hanging everywhere. I mean EVERYWHERE. Not only that, but there are several hanging by a chain together, and my spouse calls it the “chainsaw chandelier.” Anyway, so I’m thinking about how great the actor who played Art the Clown is and how it’s closer to black-and-white movie acting, where the body has to tell the whole story. Hence, I recommended All Hallows’ Eve.

    It’s so different! It’s basically one of those movies that tells several stories within one over-arching story. A babysitter finds a VHS tape (in 2013? and the family has a VCR??) and watches it. They used an old reel-to-reel grainy look for the movies that the main character watches, the sound design was totally bizarre, and there was a different actor to play Art — and he wasn’t nearly as good at telling a story with his body. Art really wasn’t a main character the same way he is in Terrifier, and I think fans must have made that clear to the director.

    However, I will give All Hallows’ Eve massive props because it was written, directed, edited, and the special effects were all done by the same person. That’s a love project right there. Last props: when Art’s gonna cut that lady in half starting with her lady parts, you “see” it but you don’t see it. It’s so fast, but you know what happened. So, violent, but not gratuitous torture stuff that I hate.

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    1. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen All Hallows’ Eve, or at least the bit with Art in it but it’s been so long I don’t remember very much of it. I didn’t even realize there was a different actor. Very interesting!


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