A new horror film is so brutally gory it has audiences "fainting", "vomiting" and getting ambulances called

Art The Clown in Terrifier 2
(Image credit: Bloody Disgusting)

A recently released horror film is making headlines around the world for being so graphically violent and gory that it has audiences passing out, vomiting, walking out of the cinema and even having emergency services called.

Terrifier 2, a sequel to 2016 slasher Terrifier, landed in US cinemas on October 6 and has been smashing it at the box office, so far already raking in over $2.5 million in less than two weeks - and all on a $250,000 budget that was aided by crowdfunding.

It seems that the hype around the sequel is only building, courtesy of scenes that are allegedly so violent they are causing extreme reactions from cinema goers. As well as widespread reports and numerous social media anecdotes of people in Terrifier 2 screenings fainting, retching and vomiting, there have even been claims that ambulances had to be called to take care of customers affected by the film, which was directed by Damien Leone and stars David Howard Thornton as Art The Clown, a demonic killer clown who turns up on Halloween to slash and gut his way through a host of unsuspecting victims.

The severe reactions to the film have led Executive Producer Steve Barton to Tweet a warning to people considering going to see the movie, which is in US cinemas right now and coming to home release in the UK just in time for Halloween.

“This movie contains scenes of graphic violence and brutal depictions of horror,” Barton Tweets. “Viewers who are faint of heart, prone to light headedness or have weak stomachs are advised to take extreme caution. There have already been numerous instances of fainting and vomiting in theaters. For those choosing to continue, you’ve been warned.”

Released in 2016, the original Terrifier (also directed by Damien Leone) received positive reviews for its special effects and the performance of Howard Thornton as Art The Clown, but was criticised for its lightweight plot and forgettable characters. Leone has spoken openly about making a concerted effort to create more compelling characters for the sequel - as well as upping the gore factor considerably.

"I’m trying to transcend the slasher genre and make something you really haven’t seen in a long time," he told Halloween Daily News. "We’re always trying to push it as far as we can, and deliver the goods above and beyond everyone’s expectations.” 

Well, given the box office returns, superior reviews and insane hype for this movie, it seems Leone has absolutely succeeded on all counts.

Watch the trailer for Terrifier 2 below (if you dare!) and check out some of the reactions to the film below that.

Terrifier 2 will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on October 24. On the same day, a Blu-ray box set containing both Terrifier films will also be released.

Merlin Alderslade
Executive Editor, Louder

Merlin moved into his role as Executive Editor of Louder in early 2022, following over ten years working at Metal Hammer. While there, he served as Online Editor and Deputy Editor, before being promoted to Editor in 2016. Before joining Metal Hammer, Merlin worked as Associate Editor at Terrorizer Magazine and has previously written for the likes of Classic Rock, Rock Sound, eFestivals and others. Across his career he has interviewed legends including Ozzy Osbourne, Lemmy, Metallica, Iron Maiden (including getting a trip on Ed Force One courtesy of Bruce Dickinson), Guns N' Roses, KISS, Slipknot, System Of A Down and Meat Loaf. He has also presented and produced the Metal Hammer Podcast, presented the Metal Hammer Radio Show and is probably responsible for 90% of all nu metal-related content making it onto the site.