Update Post: November 30, 2023 5:59 pm
For those of you who are fans of the Terrifier horror film franchise, it looks like Art the Clown will be back brutally killing people sooner than expected. Franchise director Damien Leone recently confirmed that Terrifier 3 will be coming next year, in 2024.
During an interview with Bloody-Disgusting, Leone revealed that Terrifier 2 will be returning to theaters on November 8th of this year. He then says that Terrifier 3 will be released next year. He shared:
“This year has been unlike anything we could have imagined. To see all the love Terrifier 2 has received and the excitement this release has inspired from fans new and old, is truly beyond words. As a thank you to them and the many people who worked tirelessly on this release, we want to bring it back to the big screen where it belongs. And more than that, while fans eagerly await the release of Terrifier 3 next year, we will be including some special surprises because a year is just too long to wait.”
It will be interesting to see what those special surprises will be. When previously talking about the pressure of topping the horrific amounts of blood and gore of the second film with Terrifier 3, the filmmaker said:
“There’s sleepless nights sometimes where, ‘Oh my God, I can’t let the fans of this franchise down.’ They always come to expect the next big kill scene, the next big gory set piece. How am I going to top the now-infamous hacksaw scene in Part One, and now the second movie? I get asked at the conventions, ‘How are you going to top the bedroom scene?’ I always want to swing for the fences and try and see if I could outdo myself from the the previous installment.
“There was actually a kill that I was going to put in Terrifier that happened to Jenna Kanell’s character Tara. After the hacksaw scene, it was another torture scene. I knew putting those back-to-back was going to completely lose the audience because it would be way too much to handle. So that was a kill that I kept on the back burner… I didn’t even put it in Part Two. So that’s one I may explore. But there’s another one I thought of about a month ago, where it clicked and I said ‘That’s going to be the next bedroom kill scene’ — you’ll know it when you see it. I can’t say for sure I’ll ever top any of these scenes — it’s always going to be subjective — but you will know it when you see it.”
There are still no details to share on the plot, but we do know that Art the Clown will be back painting the movie screen with blood. David Howard Thornton will return to play Art again, and he will be joined by Lauren LaVera. It’s also been revealed that Terrifier 3 will have a much bigger budget to work with.
Priscilla Smith of The Coven said, “There will be a much bigger budget this time around, which is intended to give the filmmakers more creative freedom, and let them be as wild as they can be. And, all jokes aside, we are going for that Oscar this year.”