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  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • David Howard Thornton says that Art hates everyone equally, instead of just women, as has often been the most common interpretation of his character. While he clearly has a misogynistic streak in his treatment of women, he is still ultimately a complete misanthrope and sadist above all else.
    • Is his misogynistic streak a result of having an abusive mother? His visible reaction when the pleading homeless woman asks "Haven't you ever felt a mother's touch?" certainly indicates that this might be the case.note 
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    • Was he ever human? Word of God states that he didn't expect to come back from his suicide, which strongly suggests that before the end of the movie, he was but many fans have theorized that he's fully supernatural, as he was in All Hallows' Eve.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: While chasing after Victoria, Art just out of nowhere gets the idea to start riding around in circles on a trike.
  • Broken Base: The scene where Art whips out a gun and shoots Tara has polarized many. Some love it because he refuses to conform to any long-tired slasher movie rules, whereas others see that as a rule that just isn't meant to be broken.
  • Complete Monster: Art the Clown is a vile, psychotic killer with a penchant for viciously slaughtering and mutilating anybody he comes across, taking special care to get creative when it comes to torturing and murdering women. He brutally slaughters a couple of employees in a pizzeria for kicking him out, and stalks Dawn and Tara, sawing Dawn in half from the crotch downwards while Tara is forced to watch, and shooting Tara to death. A woman tries to speak to his conscience, only to be scalped and partially Flayed Alive for her troubles. When Tara's sister goes looking for her, he chases her, too, nearly suffocating her with a plastic bag and striking her with a whip, and additionally killing the two exterminators in the building. He knocks Victoria unconscious and eats her face before shooting himself to avoid arrest, only to come back to life and kill the coroner shortly after.
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  • Creepy Awesome: Art, once again. Even played by a different actor, he's still amazingly frightening.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Graphically displaying a woman being sawn in half from her genitals down to her head? Horrific. Having her killer take a selfie after he's done with her? Hilarious.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Tara is often considered the best character in the movie, with her fitting the Final Girl archetype in many ways. Her death was a low point to many, even fans of the film.
  • Epileptic Trees: Primarily concerning Art's origin story. Many have chocked it up to being a Deal with the Devil, such as this one, to explain his resurrection at the end of the movie. Some of the even wilder theories suggest that he used blanks, which completely ignores the fact that blanks can still kill a person if they hit the brain, and also the flickering lights and children's voices that can be heard just before he comes back to life.
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  • Fandom-Enraging Misconception: Referring to Art as a mime. Word of Saint Paul refers to him as a "silent clown", with the difference being that mimes don't use props.
  • Funny Moments: Thornton cited Jim Carrey as an inspiration for his performance, so it's inevitable that there will be some humorous scenes. Has its own page.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The drunken Dawn tries to persuade Tara to let her drive. Tara's response? "I don't feel like dying tonight." She doesn't make it.
  • Heartwarming Moments: Nothing in the movie itself counts, but in the credits, Leone commemorates Wes Craven, Tobe Hooper, and George A. Romero.
  • Moment of Awesome: Tara giving Art a long-deserved No-Holds-Barred Beatdown. Sadly, it doesn't last, as he pulls out a gun and shoots her.
  • Nausea Fuel: Slow bisection by way of Groin Attack, anyone? No? How about some intestines falling out as she's sliced downwards?
  • Nightmare Fuel: Wouldn't be called Terrifier if it didn't have any of this! Has its own page now.
  • Squick: The disgusting mess that Art left behind in the bathroom.
  • Too Cool to Live: Tara. She nearly beats Art to death!
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Gory, realistic practical effects courtesy of Damien Leone.
  • The Woobie: Victoria. She ended up half-eaten, horribly disfigured, and nearly killed. All because she had to pick her sister up. To top it off, she becomes a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds, murdering the talk show host who was laughing at her behind her back.

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