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Interviews: David Howard Thornton Talks About Portraying Art The Clown In The Horror Film Terrifier


 and that was to entertain others and bring some joy into their lives. The most valuable lesson I learned from that tragic event was that life is way too short to not pursue what makes you truly happy. I'm glad that I learned that at an early age and have not looked back since. TMS : Did you have a lot of support when you decided to get into acting? DHT : Yes

 
David Howard Thornton talks Terrifier  


If you have a taste for the disturbing, dare to watch Terrifier! The killer clown slasher is the latest offering from Epic Pictures Releasing’s Dread Central Presents label. This unsettling horror film previews in select U.S. cities starting on March 15th and hits VOD on March 27th.

Based on a character from the 2013 anthology, All Hallows Eve, the gory ‘80s slasher throwback takes place on Halloween night as the demented Art the Clown sets his sights on terrorizing two girls and anyone else that gets in his way.

Terrifier was written and directed by Damien Leone (FRANKENSTEIN VS. THE MUMMY) and stars Jenna Kanell (THE BYE-BYE MAN), Catherine Corcoran (RETURN TO NUKE ‘EM HIGH, VOL. 1 & 2), Margaret Reed (STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION), and David Howard Thornton (GOTHAM), who plays the very disturbing villain of Terrifier — Art the Clown. You can read our review for the film here.

We had the chance to speak to David Howard Thornton about the film and donning the makeup of Art the Clown.

 and that was to entertain others and bring some joy into their lives. The most valuable lesson I learned from that tragic event was that life is way too short to not pursue what makes you truly happy. I'm glad that I learned that at an early age and have not looked back since. TMS : Did you have a lot of support when you decided to get into acting? DHT : Yes


TMS: First off, can you provide us with a little bit of background information. Did you always want to act?

DHT: Sure! I grew up in Huntsville, Alabama as the son of a NASA engineer and a former Special Ed teacher who were both very active in the arts, especially theater. I was originally a singer/musician at an early age (it is a family trait on both sides) that learned that I had a knack for mimicry (I now do over 200+ character voices) and physical comedy. I was bullied a lot in middle school since I was a shy, short, skinny, glasses and braces wearing geek. My mom encouraged me to audition for some of the community theater plays since she thought it would help me overcome my shyness. It took me a few auditions, but I finally started landing roles in various productions where I cultivated me skills as an actor. I learned that I had a knack for getting people to laugh with me instead of at me and found my true calling. However, I wanted to be pragmatic, so instead of studying acting in college, I got my degree in Elementary Education while being active in theater at my college. It was not until my mother passed away from cancer during my later college years that I had my epiphany about what I wanted to do with my life, and that was to entertain others and bring some joy into their lives. The most valuable lesson I learned from that tragic event was that life is way too short to not pursue what makes you truly happy. I'm glad that I learned that at an early age and have not looked back since.

TMSDid you have a lot of support when you decided to get into acting?

DHTYes, especially from my father, which surprised me. My father is your typical engineer and is very level headed and practical. I figured that I would get the typical lecture that most of my fellow thespians have gotten about how uncertain this field is and how I should follow a more stable career path. Instead he told me that he and my mother always thought that this is what I should do with my life, but they did not want to tell me what to do with my life and figured that I would eventually figure it out for myself. He just told me to finish up my degree in Education as a fall back plan, and then do what I felt I needed to do. That was one of the most freeing moments of my life and a day that I will never forget. He has always supported me 100% over all of these years that I have been trying to make it in this industry, as have the rest of my family and friends. I feel blessed to have such support!

 and that was to entertain others and bring some joy into their lives. The most valuable lesson I learned from that tragic event was that life is way too short to not pursue what makes you truly happy. I'm glad that I learned that at an early age and have not looked back since. TMS : Did you have a lot of support when you decided to get into acting? DHT : Yes


TMSAre you a horror fan? If so, what are some of your favorite horror films?

DHTYes! However, I did not really grow up watching horror films. Oddly enough, my mom was terrified of horror films and her fear bled into me, which is funny because she and I were always trying to scare each other around the house etc (a tradition I still keep to this day with my friends). It was not until my senior year of high school that my friends dragged me to Scream 2 until I really sat down and watched a scary movie in it's entirety! I loved it! I started binge watching horror films then, especially during my college years. Some of my favorites are the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, the Nightmare on Elm Street films, The Omen, The Exorcist, as well as the Child's Play, Halloween, Scream, and Friday the 13th films... and of course, Showgirls.

TMSAre there any new horror films that you love or would recommend?

DHTWell Terrifier and All Hallow's Eve, of course! I've also recently enjoyed the new IT (I'd LOVE to play adult Richie Tozier in the sequel!), Creep, The Final Girls, Get Out, The Babysitter, and Tragedy Girls.

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