Five of the Top 10 movies in the US box office this week were horror films, indicating a strong week for the genre. Four of them—Halloween Ends, Smile, Don’t Worry Darling, and Barbarian—are probably ones you’ve heard of. The fifth movie, a 138-minute surprise that was partially funded on Indiegogo, stands out as an anomaly. With a $250k budget and a stunning $1.2m opening weekend, Terrifier 2 is the horror movie that could. The movie played in 200 fewer theatres during week two, yet it still made more money per screen, bringing the overall gross to $2.5 million.
About 15 years ago, director Damien Leone conceived a concept that would become Terrifier. He said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly: “I had this notion of a clown harassing a woman on a city bus. In the middle of the night, she is riding the bus alone, returning from work or something, when this clown gets on, sits down across from her, and immediately begins gazing at and playing with her.
“At first it’s awkward and uncomfortable, maybe even hilarious, but then it becomes more forceful and scary. That struck me as merely an odd, intriguing concept. I said, “You know what, I’m going to use that, it’s going to be the opening,” when it came time to create my first short film. The movie was successful enough to merit a sequel, which Leone scheduled for Halloween the following year. SPOILER ALERT: Because “Art the Clown” dies at the end of the first film, he is revived at the beginning of Terrifier 2 to cause even more mayhem.
This time, the movie follows his pursuit of Sienna Shaw (Lauren LaVera) and Jonathan, Sienna’s younger brother (Elliot Fullam). with horrifying and violent outcomes. As previously noted, Terrifier 2 is presently playing in theatres across the US.
Although the movie had its UK premiere at FrightFest in London, Signature is now releasing it on Blu-ray and DVD instead of in theatres. On Monday, October 24, 2022, Terrifier 2 will be accessible in both forms. It is additionally available as a separate disc or as a component of the two-disc set known as “The Bloody Duo,” which also includes Terrifier 1 and Terrifier 2.