Terrifier 2 has hilariously been submitted for consideration at the Oscars. A sequel to 2016’s indie slasher Terrifier, the new film has already made a huge impact worldwide, becoming a sleeper hit at the box office while introducing Art the Clown’s ultra-violent ways to a new bunch of horror fans. The franchise is quickly building a reputation as a gross-out, no-holds-barred horror experience, even recently receiving kind words from the master of horror himself, Stephen King.
Terrifier 2’s disturbing reputation comes from reports of audiences becoming sick and passing out while watching it. The slasher sees the return of Art the Clown (David Howard Thornton), the murderous face of the Terrifier series, as he once again preys upon a group of unlucky, unsuspecting victims. This time, Art embarks on more Halloween chaos, facing teenager Sienna (Lauren LaVera) and her brother Jonathan (Elliott Fullam), with Art finding a friend in a suitably creepy companion known as The Little Pale Girl.
Now, Art the Clown is turning his attention toward another group of victims. Only this time, it’s Hollywood’s biggest critics he’s after. Terrifier 2 has, somewhat jokingly, been submitted for the Academy Awards by Bloody Disgusting. In particular, the campaign is looking to target the special effects categories. Fans are also encouraged to use the Twitter tag #OscarsForArt to express their desire to see their favorite murderous clown get cinema’s top prize. Bloody Disgusting Managing Director Brad Miska says in a statement:
To Terrifier 2’s credit, the movie has received enough buzz for it to warrant major award ceremonies sitting up and taking notice. Terrifier 2 has only increased its popularity since its release, going on to surpass 30 times its budget in less than a month. With its graphic depictions of cannibalism, torture, and its already infamous bedroom scene, the movie boasts some incredible practical effects. While not for everyone’s stomach, those behind Terrifier 2 deserve praise for what they’ve managed to pull off on a relatively small budget.
It’s often said that the Oscars don’t take horror seriously, and while perhaps Terrifier 2 might not be the best choice to represent the genre, its hilarious submission could be a positive step to get horror properly noticed. The genre is going through something of a renaissance, and with horror movies becoming more popular at cinemas worldwide, it’s only a matter of time until ceremonies like the Oscars finally take notice of the spookier side of movies. Until then, Terrifier 2 continues to grow as cinema’s newest, grossest movie villain celebrates his biggest victory to date.