With old-school practical special effects, extremely brutal and bloody deaths, and an ominously silent clown as a haunting foe, the low-budget ‘Terrifier’ horror film achieved a cult following upon release in 2016. Did.
It has recently become even more popular thanks to its sequel, Terrifier 2, which released last October 6 and grossed over $12 million at the box office.
Without a doubt, the film’s standout star is the sadistic Art the Clown, a macabre killer who carries weapons in black plastic trash bags and happily mixes murder with a touch of clown humor. Art is played by New York-based actor David Howard Thornton, who has earned praise for this portrayal.
Howard Thornton and the cast of “Terrifier 2” will join the film’s director, producer and writer Damian Leone at Creep IE Con February 4-5 at the Ontario Convention Center. On the first day, Howard Thornton appeared in full Art the Clown gear and took a commemorative photo with his fans.
Before donning his iconic costume and makeup to please or scare horror fanatics, we caught up with Howard Thornton and talked about what it was like to play a complex and terrifying character. has been edited for clarity.
Q: What were you doing before becoming Art the Clown?
David Howard Thornton: Before that, I was more into Broadway and voiceover acting. It’s all irony. I did a lot of comedy and crazy voice acting on kids shows and now I’m known as a silent killer.
Q: How did you come up with this guy in your audition for Art the Clown?
A: At the time of the audition, nothing was prepared, so I entered while wondering what to do. I walked into the room and everyone else had the script and they called me in and apologized that I didn’t have the script…somebody…and go. I had to make a whole scene of beheading someone on the spot.
Q: What makes Art the Clown so scary?
A: I think what really scares him about people is his unpredictability. You never know what he will do next. He is very mischievous and he really enjoys what he does. Because he loves to hurt people badly, not for revenge or anything like that like so many other killers. I think that’s terrifying.
Q: Do you find it scary to be completely silent?
A: I think it’s because it’s more impersonal. Michael Myers and Jason Voorhees, at least you can hear them breathing or moaning when they get beaten up every once in a while. But you can never hear sound from art. It’s very inhuman and therefore very creepy. Especially from a clown, because you would expect some kind of sound from the clown.
Q: Have you seen anything about playing this character, or research other characters that helped develop Art the Clown?
A: Yeah, but I’ve been that way my whole life. I am a lifelong student and a fan of great comedians and silent film actors. I grew up watching old silent films like the Marx Brothers, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and great comedians like Jim Carrey, Doug Jones, and Mr. Bean Rowan Atkinson. I also had a great mentor when I was touring for his five years with “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”. The Grinch was the wonderfully talented Stephen Karl, and he was a great physical actor.
Q: What about the genre’s great killers as inspiration?
A: I think of art as a collection of all these great slasher icons that came before him. In him, of course, there is a little influence from Freddie. That’s a big impact. Jason, Mike Myers, Chucky, Jigsaw, Pinhead…there are traces of them all in the art. There are also a few jokers. I just mixed them all up and that’s how the art was born in my head.
Q: There’s been a lot of talk about art being the next great horror icon. How do you feel about the accolades given to this character?
A: I am very sorry. It’s so surreal, it hasn’t sunk in yet.
Q: These are very cruel and violent movies.there might be something in the movie that too Gory, for you too?
A: I know what this is, so I don’t really care. This is completely unrealistic. This is definitely more realism, almost fantasy. It’s all for fun and I don’t take it seriously because that’s what a slasher is supposed to be. Because that’s how a lot of horror movies were.
Q: In “Terrifier 2” Art is a more supernatural kind of creature, how did you play him in that movie?
A: I see the art of “Terrifier” as a human being. In Part 2, he’s more than human now, and I see it. Realizing that he’s art on steroids. He is enjoying himself much more this time.
Q: What do you think his background was? Who was Art?
A: It’s hard to say, but I know his background and intend to explore it in future films.
Q: What is your future with this character? Do you think you’ll be playing art for a while?
A: Yeah, I definitely want to do more movies. I love characters, so I do as many films as I can as art. There are still many things I want to do with him. He’s fun, so the possibilities are many.