How Terrifier 2 was filmed in Staten Island and made its way to millions at the box office

STATEN ISLAND, NY – It was the movie that had audiences shaking, crying, vomiting and fainting.

Now, as its theatrical release draws to a close, an assistant director and producer of the year’s biggest horror flick has offered an after-mortem look at the success of “Terrifier 2,” the spinoff that grossed $11 million at the box office despite a modest $250,000 budget. .

New Dorp resident Michael Levy of Fuzz on the Lens Productions is the producer of “Terrifier 2.” (Tom Wrobelsky / Staten Island Advance)

New Dorp resident Michael Levy and co-founder of Fuzz on the Lens Productions told Advance/SILive.com that the response and reception to “Terrifier 2 has been nothing short of surreal and down-to-earth.

Said Levy, who teamed up with writer/director Damien Leone, producer Phil Falcone, who produces pitcher and brother Jason Levy, and a group of Staten Islanders to create, well, horrifying Movie.

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Director Damien Leone, Producer Jason Levy, Actor David Howard Thornton, Assistant Director and Producer Michael Levy. Damien Leone’s indie slasher “Terrifier 2” grossed $11 million at the box office despite a modest $250,000 budget (Courtesy of Michael Levy)

Released October 6 and set to hit theaters for a very limited time, “Terrifier 2 took off with audiences, grossing $3.4 million at the box office in its first two weeks, and Until he caught the eye of horror maestro Stephen King.

“It was sold out every night, so [its run was] Expand again, and again… It’s now in theaters for six weeks,” Levy said ahead of the film’s final November 17 theatrical release.

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Producer Jason Levy, Assistant Director and Producer Michael Levy and Director Damien Lyon. Damien Leone’s indie slasher “Terrifier 2” grossed $11 million at the box office despite a modest $250,000 budget (Courtesy of Michael Levy)

Filmed partially on Staten Island in late 2019 and early 2020 – look carefully and you’ll notice scenes at Monsignor Farrell High School in Oakwood, Bailey Seton Hospital in Stapleton and many other familiar places in the neighborhood – this clown-based Slasher is a sequel to the movie Terrifier” of 2016, which follows Art the Clown’s (David Howard Thornton) bloody Halloween slaying.

And we mean bloody.

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Fuzz on the Lens Productions co-founders Michael Levy, Stephen Della Sala, and Jason Levy are on the set of “Terrifier 2” with fellow Staten Islander and cinematographer George Steuber. Damien Leone’s indie slasher “Terrifier 2” grossed $11 million at the box office despite a modest $250,000 budget (Courtesy of Michael Levy)

Indeed, Levy said the small production film was initially a hard sell to distribution because of the obvious graphic violence; He admitted that the film’s bosses were told it was “totally unmarketable”. Eventually, however, a few distribution companies recognized its potential, and began bidding on it. Cinedigm named Bloody Disgusting ended up securing the distribution rights.

“It’s a very graphic movie, yes, but it’s also done with taste. It’s a good story, it has great acting, it looks beautiful. The effects are amazing.”

companies [who ended up bidding] It was the companies that understood the film and its potential. “Now look where we are, look at the total for the movie,” Levy said. “So much for [it] Being a totally unmarketable movie.”

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Producers are on the set of “Terrifier 2”. Michael Levy, Stephen Della Sala, and Jason Levy from Fuzz on the Lens Productions. director Damien Lyon; Cinematographer George Stober. executive producer Phil Falcone; Producer Larry Pililo and sound man Jason Milstein. Damien Leone’s indie slasher “Terrifier 2” grossed $11 million at the box office despite a modest $250,000 budget (Courtesy of Michael Levy)

Fan adoption

Levy credited the ultra-violent cult-movie-like following for the undeniable success of “Terrifier 2.”

“The reason this movie is where it is now is because of our fans,” Levy said.

He noted that the popularity of the R-rated sequel came about as naturally as the first “Terrifier,” and is grateful to fans for sharing their real reactions — and traumatic viewing experiences — since there was no intentional marketing to the film.

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Assistant director and producer Michael Levy, actor David Howard Thornton and director Damien Lyon. Damien Leone’s indie slasher “Terrifier 2” grossed $11 million at the box office despite a modest $250,000 budget (Courtesy of Michael Levy)

“It was just word of mouth,” Levy insisted. “The rumors of people dying, fainting, and vomiting were very real. We can’t take credit for that, all credit [goes] for the masses.

You can’t buy this kind of advertising. I wish I was that smart [to think of that marketing]but it was all fans.”

Fans have also been a big reason why the “Terrifier 2” crew has been waiting for the movie’s release until this fall. Levy said it was crystal clear to everyone involved—especially Leone—that the film needed to be close to perfection so as not to disappoint.

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Producer and Assistant Director Michael Levy with fellow Fuzz on the Lens Productions founder Jason Levy on screen with director Damien Leone on the set of “Terrifier 2”, which was filmed at Monsignor Farrell High School in Oakwood. Damien Leone’s indie slasher “Terrifier 2” grossed $11 million at the box office despite a modest $250,000 budget (Courtesy of Michael Levy)

“We have a huge fan base, and we don’t want to let them down,” said Levy, who had a starring role in both films alongside brother Jason and production partner Steve Della Sala. “[The fans] She was number one [priority] For us, so we needed to be 100 percent happy with it.”

The box office numbers don’t lie: they clearly made the right decision.

“It was really unbelievable to have that kind of success,” Levy said.

FYI: There are plans to make this franchise into a trilogy. That’s right, Leavy confirmed that viewers haven’t seen the last of Bonafide horror icon Art the Clown.

Terrifier 2 is now available on the streaming platform Screambox. Those brave enough—and those brave enough—can also find it on Amazon Prime, Voodoo, and iTunes. It’s expected to be released on DVD and BlueRay next month, with plenty of special features, behind-the-scenes looks, commentaries and more. Be warned, the movie is powerful.

Up NEXT for FUZZ on lens products

Fuzz on the Lens is already working on another horror flick.

“Stream” which Leavy said is not as intense as the “Terrifier” movies, starring Jeffrey Combs (“Re-Animator”), Tony Todd (“Candyman”), Dee Wallace (“ET”, “Cujo”) and Daniel Harris (“Halloween”), among many others.

Fans hoping to get involved with the production can donate through the crowdfunding site Indiegogo.

“Terrifier 2” was written, directed, edited and produced by Damien Leone. It was produced by Fuzz on the Lens Productions and Dark Age Cinema, with music by Paul Wiley. Stars David Howard Thornton, Elliott Fullam, Sarah Voigt, Kaylee Heyman, Casey Hartnett, Charles McIlveen, Amelia MacLean, Jonath Davis, Samantha Scaffidi.

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