The slasher movie Terrifier 2 has recently come out, and it has been turning viewers’ stomachs upside down. People who have seen the gory film talked about walking out of the theater; others fainting and getting sent to an ambulance. However messy the film is, it was messier inside the cinema house.
The sequel film, directed by Damien Leone, proved to be an effective gore fest, climbing to the Top 10 box-office movies over the weekend with over $1 million in earnings against a $250,000 budget.
How Damien Leone Got The Idea For His Slasher Film
Terrifier 2 follows a maniac called Art the Clown as he terrorizes a teenage girl on Halloween night. The idea came to Leone about a decade and a half ago. In his interview with Entertainment Weekly, he said:
“I had this idea of a clown terrorizing a woman on a city bus. She’s all alone, coming home from work or whatever, in the middle of the night, and then this clown gets on, and sits across from her, and starts staring at her and toying with her. It’s awkward and uncomfortable, and maybe even funny, but then it gets progressively more intimidating and aggressive. I thought that was just an interesting, weird idea. When it came to making my first short film I said, you know what, I’m going to use that, that’s going to be the opening.”
Whether the reports are marketing strategy or real reactions from the audience, it proves effective as it drives more people to see the movie for themselves.
Terrifier 2 Is Making Audience Throw Up Because Of Too Much Gore
The film became the center of controversy after it garnered infamous reactions all over social media. One Twitter user said, “My friend passed out and the theater called an ambulance. Highly recommended.” Another viewer tweeted, “The guy behind me passed out cold n crashed into my chair, another guy left because he didn’t feel good, I overheard him say and walking out theatre door I heard a guy puking hard & loud in the bathroom.”
— Andrew Liming (@ratshitbastard) October 10, 2022
Just saw Terrifier 2. It was an amazing gory mess. The guy behind me passed out cold n crashed into my chair, another guy left because he didn’t feel good, I overheard him say and walking out theatre door I heard a guy puking hard & loud in the bathroom. #Terrifier2 @damienleone
— Bark (Always Barking) (@Bark_4KT) October 8, 2022
Leone clearly did not expect this reaction, and he felt overwhelmed by these social media reports. The director claimed that people walking out of the theater was some sort of a badge of honor for him. This only proved how intense and gruesome the film is. But, he also did not want anyone to get hurt. “I don’t want people fainting, or getting hurt during the movie. But it’s surreal. Here’s the thing, it’s called Terrifier 2, you should probably see Terrifier 1 before you jump into this one,” Leone added.
It’s up to the moviegoers to see if the film is as gory as what social media reports claim. Terrifier 2 is now screening in theaters.