I was super excited to see Terrifier. The trailers featured an 80s aesthetic, and a seriously scary looking clown who had just the right amount of gaiety to make for a truly menacing and horrifying villain. And on that front, Terrifier truly delivers. Art scared the shit out of me, and I'm not one to typically flinch at horror movie clowns. If Pennywise didn't do it for you, Art the Clown probably will.
Terrifier follows one night in the life of Art the Clown as he goes on a murderous rampage, and gore hounds you can rejoice - this film is right up your alley! Some of the scenes in Terrifier are pretty jaw dropping. One in particular made me flinch in how graphic it was, and I can't unsee it. The practical effects are a little uneven, but you can tell that the team that worked on this film had loads of fun. If that's your thing, there's a lot to enjoy about Terrifier.
But, if I'm going to be honest - I don't have much more to say about the film. There's just not a lot of meat on Terrifier's bones. The story is slim, the film doesn't bring much that's new to the table, and towards the middle or so of the film, it loses momentum. So while Art himself is massively scary, and the special effects are impressive, there isn't a solid foundation to hang it all from. Characters in the film make ridiculous decisions, in service of moving the narrative forward, and it loses much of its potency as the minutes tick on.
So much energy is focused on the character and development of Art that Terrifier loses some of the richness needed to make an overall good film, which is disappointing because the it had a ton of potential. At the end of the day it's an okay movie, and on the better end of the scale than many. You certainly could do worse than check this one out, but leave your high expectations at the door.