Terrifier 2 movie review – IGN

This is an advanced review from Fantastic Fest, where Terrifier 2 made its world premiere. It will hit theaters on October 6, 2022.

Damien Leone’s long-awaited Terrifier 2 is a massive improvement on the recently discovered no-slaying original Terrifier that introduced a new popular character, Art the Clown (David Howard Thornton). Leon’s symphony of physical destruction features impressive action kill sequences. As a bonus, there’s a bit of a sense of storytelling this time around. It’s still full of subplots and undeveloped themes, but Leon sticks better to traditional formulas with a strong final girl and the motives behind Art’s disgusting massacre. Terrifier movies are clearly meant to be low-budget and yet they show off hyper-exciting special effects, and Terrifier 2 doesn’t disappoint (full-width decapitation, bones snapped like twigs, sticky dismemberment) – I just don’t know if it’s all Leon used at the time. The movie runs over two hours with a lot of mystery left.

Terrifier 2 follows the molds of a recognizable slasher sequel, given the lack of reference to revived art outside of the film’s plot summary. Art is back for another Halloween massacre in Miles County… so why not? Brother-sister duo Sienna (Lauren Lavera) and Jonathan (Elliott Fullam) attract art’s attention, perhaps because of their deceased father’s sketchbook full of monochrome and disturbing traces of art’s original victims. Also along for the ride is a “Demon Girl” dressed as Art in miniature, dressed in black and white, down to rotten teeth and made up just like Art. Somehow, some way, Leon is trying to imperfectly force all of these supernatural elements together, unlike the supernatural destruction when Art opens his trash bag containing the murder weapons.

Leon’s growth as a screenwriter between Terrifier and this follow-up is a marked improvement, but overall coherence is still lacking. Terrifier 2 takes Gonzo’s “Jason fights a telepath” approach to complement the storytelling by introducing Art’s partner in skip or starring as comic book Sienna, only to implement interpretations that went missing during post-production. The art resurrection is basically a marketing slate, some characters can see the demon girl while others can’t, and Sienna’s spiritual connection to her fictional father figure in some magical sketchbooks may have coincidentally “go with it, bro.” Terrifier 2 derails in ways other franchises don’t until the fourth entry (Leprechaun), fifth (Child’s Play) or seventh (Friday the 13th), which isn’t always a good thing when highlighting a scattershot scenario. At 138 minutes, you might assume Leon would have plenty of time to explore the rich mythology that remains forgotten.

So he said? I will meet myself. Terrifier became an overnight sensation based on Art’s nightmarish grin, his rivalry for slasher icon status through claustrophobia, and his vile Halloween mayhem. In that regard, Terrifier 2 doubles down on myth art and a showstopper kill sequence.

Art may be silent, but his obsessive personality becomes even louder in Terrifier 2. David Howard gave Thornton more opportunities than babbling silently like a carnival parade crawl while desecrating the victims’ bodies. Art’s company with the eerie – perhaps ghostly – rivetingly sweet tagalong as they play cake patty. Thornton brings in more physical humor like the cartoonish sneaky sneak up from behind or the giddiness as he tries on rose-petal sunglasses (before he crushes the cashier). The art takes substantial steps closer to the Freddy Krueger comparisons, only without the wordy dialogue. Leon strikes closely at cult favorite October’s cult favorite Little Devil’s Helper in terms of maximum mischief in Halloween’s maddened horror monster. We have very few contemporary slasher icons outside of the likes of Adam Green’s Hatchet villain Victor Crowley or Fear Street Crew – Thorton and Leone are making great strides towards securing the legacy of art.

The Terrifier 2 churns out brakeless, full-gas buffets that evoke ’70s and ’80s midnight horns that have stood the tests of time of their own. Leon’s confidence when portraying Art’s grotesque and brutal actions never shirks the camera’s lens as knives are seen through artificial necks poking into her gelatinous insides like unblocking a dam. Every death goes 70 delirious steps too far – the art style can’t just be a pathetic stab. The gun explodes the severed heads and sends them slamming into the garage walls like a basketball, whacking makeshift boxes until they split open so Art can reach into his victim’s heart and snack. The never-ending bedroom execution sequence calls for everything from scream 4 to Hellraiser Piranha 3D In terms of excessive gore, take a dip back into a never-drying well of crimson. Terrifier 2 offers the best number of kills for rewards that’s been put out in longer than I can remember – Leone’s special effects team deserve every praise coming their way.

Lauren Lavera rules as Sienna in her fairy armor with angel wings as the last girl fighting for family.


This is what makes Terrifier 2 so difficult to critique. Lorraine Lavera rules Sienna in her angelic-winged fairy armor as the last girl fighting for family, facing down her own demons, screaming bloody war cries in the face of sneering Art – but Leon’s choppy narration galvanizes her ardent survival. Other supporting shows like Kylie Hyman’s reckless best friend Brooke are less engaging than ’80s stereotypes. There are attempts to introduce Kandarian Dagger-like elements at this level of prominence but it’s never revealed why, as the focus remains on erotic art slaying during commercial daydreams, seasonal Halloween storefronts, and haunted circus attractions (which explains the film’s “Terrifier” title). Everything you love about Terrifier gets better – everything is still there, just to a much lesser extent (progression takes patience).

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