The sequel to the 2016 film Terrifier, Terrifier 2 is a slasher film that returns the terrifying mute clown Art (David Howard Thornton) who has a penchant for terrorizing people by unleashing sadistic violence. Art the clown returns to wreak havoc on Halloween in Miles County in Damien Leone’s ’80s Halloween splatter. Searching for new victims, he sets his sights on a teenage girl (Lauren LaVera) and her brother (Elliot Fullam).
A sleeper hit in the horror/slasher genre, Terrifier 2 is a movie notorious for inducing coulrophobia in viewers. Art the Clown’s murders are not for the faint of heart, as there is an unimaginable amount of blood and violence to see. However, if you are a fan of the horror icon and want to discover more such movies, you will love this list of scary movies we have compiled for you. You can watch most of these movies similar to Terrifier 2 on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
8. The Clown Murders (1976)
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One of the earliest films in the clown horror subgenre, The Clown Murders combines the element of a killer in clown costume with paranormal activity. In this Martyn Burke Halloween film, a group of men dressed as clowns kidnap a woman for political reasons. The men learn that another vicious killer disguised as a clown is out to get them when the casually planned crime escalates into violence. Terrifier 2 is similar to this Halloween horror/slasher movie because it’s set on Halloween and the scary killer is dressed as a clown.
7. The Clown at Midnight (1998)
Stephen King was right when he said nobody likes a clown at midnight. Directed by Jean Pellerin, The Clown at Midnight is a slasher film that tells the story of seven teenagers who are stalked by a killer clown while renovating an old opera house. This is probably one of the most underrated killer clown movies ever. While the twist is obvious from afar, there are some real jump scares. It’s similar to Terrifier 2 due to the killer clown jump scares, survival aspects, and female lead.
6. All Hallow’s Eve (2013)
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‘All Hallow’s Eve’ is Damien Leone’s directorial debut in which he brings Art the Clown to life on the big screen, also incorporating footage from his short films ‘The 9th Circle’ and ‘Terrifier (2011)’. This horror/slasher anthology follows the discovery by two boys and their babysitter on Halloween night of a blank VHS tape depicting a series of murders committed by Art the Clown. In every way the film is similar to Terrifier 2 as it is from the same franchise.
5. The House on Sorority Row (1982)
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Written and directed by Mark Rosman, The House on Sorority Row is a slasher film about seven girls who pull a prank on themselves at their graduation. After the prank backfires, they find a dead body that they try to hide. But a mysterious witness, a killer disguised as a clown, begins to slaughter the girls one by one. Over time, the film gained widespread popularity and developed a cult following as it was hailed as one of the best-made slasher films of all time.
Both The House on Sorority Row and Terrifier 2 are driven by the central theme of killer clowns. The character traits and body language of the two killer clowns are also similar. While Eric, the clown from the first film, is diagnosed as mentally retarded, Art is a demonic killer clown who kills people for fun on Halloween!
Haunt (2019), written and directed by Scot Becks and Bryan Woods, is a slasher film about a group of friends who decide to investigate a haunted house on Halloween night. Of course, things don’t go as expected, and the mission quickly turns deadly when the demonic spirits in the house start killing the friends. The clown masked killer in the film is terrifying and brutal with a real joy in slashing. The film is very similar to Terrifier 2 in terms of killing methods, Halloween gothic theme and the fact that both killers wear clown costumes.
3. Hell House LLC (2015)
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Directed by Stephen Cognetti, Hell House LLC is a mockumentary found footage horror film about a documentary crew visiting a crime scene five years after 15 people and several associates were slaughtered there. They interview the only surviving member of the massacre and obtain footage of the unfortunate incident.
The video features the team of Halloween haunted house designers as they prepare to unveil their popular spooky attraction, the Hell House, in 2009. Tragedy strikes on the first night when an unknown malfunction results in the deaths of many visitors and staff. The film is similar to Terrifier 2 due to its Halloween spirit, murders and of course the terrifying scene with a killer clown.
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Written and directed by John Carpenter, the film takes place on a Halloween night in 1963 when six-year-old Michael Myers murders his 17-year-old sister Judith and receives a 15-year prison sentence for doing so. But on October 30, 1978, a 21-year-old Michael Myers steals a vehicle and flees Smith’s Grove while being transported to a court hearing.
Michael returns to the town of Haddonfield, Illinois, where he searches for his next victims. In many ways, the original Halloween resembles the film Terrifier 2, with the exception of the clown ensemble. Michael Myers picks his victims the same way Art the Clown did. Also, both killers enjoy the brutality of their kills and kill on Halloween!
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No killer clown movie list is complete without a mention of the most famous dancing clown, Pennywise. Pennywise, created by Stephen King in his novel IT, is arguably the scariest and scariest clown around. Directed by Andy Muschietti, the film revolves around a group of children who fall prey to and are plagued by the circus clown Pennywise.
Although Pennywise is an ancient supernatural being and probably older than time, there are some elements that make Art, the mute killer clown, and Pennywise similar. First of all, both murderous clowns love to attack children. Their shared penchant for bloodshed, spreading menace, and the brutal slaughter of the helpless make them very similar. Although Art doesn’t actually speak like Pennywise does, there are parallels in both films in terms of facial expression qualities and overly comical, clown-like body movements.