‘Terrifier 3’ First Trailer: Art the Clown Is a Bloody Santa Claus in Gory Christmas Horror

Art the Clown is moving from Halloween to Christmas horror in the first trailer for “Terrifier 3.”

David Howard Thornton’s diabolical mime will return with more gore in the third installment of the clown-centered horror series. Created and directed by Damien Leone, the franchise features the unsettlingly silent clown as the perpetrator of some seriously gruesome killings. The “Terrifier 3” trailer first debuted in theaters after special screenings of 2022’s “Terrifier 2.”

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The second film in the horror franchise saw fierce teenager Sienna Shaw (Lauren LaVera) going to battle with Art. Although Sienna managed to decapitate the clown, the ending revealed that it wasn’t the last audiences would see of him, as Victoria Heyes (Samantha Scaffidi), the only survivor of the first film’s Halloween massacre, gave birth to Art’s decapitated living head in a mental institution.

In anticipation of the third film, “Terrifier 2” expanded more on the mythology of Art. According to the sequel, the clown isn’t human at all, but instead an evil entity with the ability to repeatedly resurrect.

Speaking to Variety earlier this year, Leone explained that “Terrifier 3” will depart from the more supernatural and fantasy approach he took to “Terrifier 2” and will be the “scariest and darkest” installment of the franchise.

“I want to shift back a bit to the tone of Part One, which I felt was a little more simplistic and old school, gritty slasher,” Leone told Variety. “I want this one to go back in that direction, and I want this to be the scariest one of the trilogy.”

“Terrifier 3” is slated for a theatrical release on Oct. 25, 2024, with a later streaming release on Cineverse’s Screambox.

Check out the trailer below.

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