Director Damien Leone dropped a nice little Halloween treat for Art the Clown fans this week when he tweeted out the first pic of everyone’s favorite new torture happy clown played once again by David H. Thornton.

 

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Filming for the anticipated sequel began earlier this week with BloodyDigusting.com reporting the Terrifier 2 story as: “After being resurrected by a sinister entity, Art the Clown returns to Miles County where he must hunt down and destroy a teenage girl and her younger brother on Halloween.”

 

Terrifier 2 will be Art’s third feature film appearance. The character was previously featured in All Hallow’s Eve (2013) played by Mike Giannelli (who also played the character in the short film debut), and in the original Terrifier (2016) played by David H. Thornton.

Despite the controversy surrounding the character and his sadistic treatment of women, the horror community has witnessed the incredible rise in popularity of Art the Clown since Terrifier’s release. Art’s rise in popularity could be marching the character towards the “horror icon” status of ‘80 slasher favorites like Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, and Pinhead. If Terrifier 2 delivers on being “bigger, badder, and bloodier” as Leone and Thornton have teased, Art may be the first original creation since Rob Zombie’s Firefly Family to catch-on as a franchise building character.

Terrifier 2 is currently in production, with writer/director Damien Leone returning, and stars David H. Thornton and Lauren LaVera (Clinton Road, 2019). Terrifier 2 also stars genre favorites Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp, 1983), Jason Lively (Night of the Creeps, 1986) and Tamara Glynn (Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers, 1989).

 

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