Ian West’s review published on Letterboxd:
A grimy cheapo shockfest who’s cover would’ve hooked your eye at the video store, Terrifier feels like some kinda sleazoid 80’s slasher B-side mixed with mid 00’s ultra violence sensibilities—a relative to movies like Maniac and The New York Ripper.
Let’s cut right to it—this thing is Mean spirited, nasty, filled with tons of blood/violence bordering on torture porn, and features the maniacal Art the Clown—who has no issue sawing people in half or pulling out a gun and blowing someone away as he stomps in faces with his clown shoe. The budgetary trappings from All Hallows’ Eve are still there but the makeup and gore are definitely the beneficiary of said budget. Listen, this movie has its faults... its no game changer—we’ve seen this all before, its misogynistic af and borders on dopey mid 2000’s torture porn while catering to the convention dude bro crowd who walk around cons screaming ‘DOG WILL HUNT!’ or whatever.
I’m not sure this is one I’ll pop in frequently, it’s Not for everyone (lovers gonna love, haters gonna hate) so tread accordingly, but at the same time that previously mentioned mean spirited unpredictability of Art the Clown actually makes this movie scary as hell—at least to me, which is kinda the goal of a scary movie, amirite?
Side note: The Terrifier short is still my favorite art the clown jam. Also, I’ve been to the pizza place in this movie!