Terrifier 2 director says one scene went "too far"
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Terrifier 2 possesses some of the most nauseating scenes we've ever seen in a horror movie, showing a genius use of practical effects and ghastly creativity when it comes to Art the Clown's kills. However, director Damien Leone has limits and there was a potential scene that went "way too far," if you are brave enough to read on.
It isn't anything to do with Allie's notorious bedroom scene, actually. For those with delicate constitutions, I'll spare you the exposition, but that one was inspired by a photo of a victim of Jack the Ripper's violent spree in Victorian London. "She was so horribly mutilated you couldn’t even tell it was a human being anymore," recalled Leone in an interview with Variety, leading the director to think about how to "reverse engineer" her fate and give it to Allie.
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This being said, Leone was conscious to immerse the story in fantasy to divorce the viewer from the simulated gore they were seeing to ensure this slasher was still entertaining. Additionally, he scrapped a scene that he thought went "way too far" involving Jeff and Brooke towards the end of the movie.
"Art the Clown likes to play with people’s entrails. There’s the scene where he cuts off a man’s penis. He could have taken it further," said Leone. "We had conversations of things he could do once he took the guy’s penis off. We explored those and joked about it, but then we said, 'No, that’s way too far. That’s too distasteful.'"
When pressed, the director admitted it was in fact the idea of actor David Howard Thornton, who plays Art the Clown. "Possibly making a balloon animal out of it, or something like that. But we absolutely can’t do that," continued Leone. "We’re always trying to one-up each other and come up with sick things, but that was too far for me."
Terrifier 2 has been submitted to the Academy Awards, too, purely for the satisfaction of asking the voters to sit through over two hours of horrendous gore. "No, it will never actually happen. Yes, it’s a total goof. But you know what? The thought of having members of the Academy endure an extreme unrated horror movie that they would otherwise consider beneath them? That’s just too hilarious of an opportunity to pass up," said Bloody Disgusting. Still, it points out that horror often isn't seen as cerebral as other genres by the Academy Awards, and only six horror movies have been nominated for Best Picture over the 93 years that the awards have been in place. That's a good pub quiz question.
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