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Villain Overview

Art the Clown is the main antagonist of the Terrifier franchise.

He is a demonic killer clown with mime-like qualities who appears on Halloween nights to wreak havoc and torture others. The character appears in many of director Damien Leone's works, originating in the short film The 9th Circle before taking on a more prominent role in feature horror films. He is also the archenemy of Sienna Shaw and Victoria Heyes.

In All Hallows' Eve, he was portrayed by Mike Giannelli, who also played the demonic figure in The 9th Circle. He is later portrayed by David Howard Thornton in Terrifier, Terrifier 2, and the upcoming Terrifier 3, who also played the title character in The Mean One.

Appearance

Art the Clown dons the appearance of a clown dressed in black and white costume. He is often shown carrying a black trash bag, in which he keeps his various crude weapons. His face is painted pale white, while his eyes, mouth, and (fake) eyebrows are painted black. He wears a white bald cap on his head, complete with a small black hat strapped on top. It is revealed in Terrifier that Art has a normal Caucasian skin tone, along with shaved eyebrows. He is depicted as being somewhat tall, and having a thin build.

Art's appearance changes drastically throughout the short films that are shown in All Hallows' Eve. In the first short VHS film, he has the appearance of a human clown. In the second and third short VHS films, his appearance has become more unsettling, with him having filthy, rotting teeth, an abnormally shaped head, deeply sunken cheeks, and an elongated, crooked nose that comes to an unnaturally sharp point (although this may be due to the usage of prosthetic facial features and makeup). Art dons this same appearance in the film Terrifier.

Personality

A vile and dangerous killer clown, Art is a demented demon with a penchant for viciously slaughtering nearly anyone he encounters. His preferred method of killing and torture is gruesome mutilation. Art possesses an array of supernatural abilities, which he uses to induce paralyzing fear in his victims.

An extremely dedicated serial killer, Art stops at nothing until he corners his prey. He relentlessly chases, terrorizes, and stalks his victims, ultimately deciding whether to kill them in a slow, sadistic manner or to spare their lives, leaving them to live with the trauma he inflicted. Unlike other silent slashers, Art is highly expressive and emotional, using exaggerated gestures and facial expressions to communicate. True to his clownish appearance, he never speaks or makes any audible noises, even miming screams of pain when injured. This suggests that Art, at least within the Terrifier continuity, was born mute.

Art’s theatricality is evident in his killing style, often performing his kills in an animated, comedic manner. He silently laughs when his targets are in peril, adding a macabre touch to his sadistic pursuits. Notably, scenes in Terrifier directed by Leone often feature Art smearing feces on restroom walls, a disturbing habit that has puzzled fans.

Despite his viciousness, Art exhibits cowardly tendencies. When Tara has him pinned down, he pretends to surrender, only to draw a pistol and shoot her in the leg to regain the upper hand. When cornered by two police officers, Art opts to shoot himself in the face rather than confront them. Unaware of his impending resurrection, Art’s panic is evident when Sienna turns his own weapon, a chained rope, against him. His arrogance crumbles when the odds shift, revealing his tendency to cheat or panic when his victims fight back.

Trivia

  • According to Damien Leone in an interview, Art did not realize that he would come back to life before he shot himself in the head.
  • Contrary to the character himself, Art's current actor, David Howard Thornton, has been described by cast members as being very fun and friendly to work with, and he remains good friends with the actors in both films.
  • In the sequel, he has an accomplice, who is referred to as The Little Pale Girl.

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The 9th Circle
Art the Clown

All Hallows' Eve
Art the Clown | Satan | Alien | Deformed Humanoid

Terrifier
Art the Clown

Terrifier 2
Art the Clown | The Little Pale Girl

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