Actor David Howard Thornton, best known as Art the Clown from the indie horror smash hit Terrifier, has joined the cast of writer/director Jimmy Lee Combs' horror-western epic Spirit Reckoning.
Thornton will be playing the Skull Cowboy who was once a human named Sam Conley. Sam was murdered alongside his family and brought back to life by an Indian Shaman who turned him into an avenging Skull Cowboy.
He joins previously announced cast members Sean Patrick Flannery (The Boondock Saints) and Lew Temple (The Devil's Rejects).
“I have been absolutely mesmerized by David Howard Thornton since seeing him as Art the Clown in Terrifier. The eerie pizza parlor scene alone showcases his amazing talent which has rightfully earned his character ranking as one of the top scariest clowns in horror cinema," said Combs. "He is a fantastic character actor in the vein of Doug Jones which makes him a perfect fit to play the hero of our tale in full make up prosthetics, the Skull Cowboy."
He adds, "The Skull Cowboy is not just an emotionless character, quite the opposite. His emotions are intensified when brought back from the dead causing extreme fits of rage and sadness that are triggered from the trauma of his family’s murder when he was human. There is so much emotional depth for David to play with under the makeup of the Skull Cowboy. It is important for me that the audience sympathizes with the Skull Cowboy much like Frankenstein’s Monster and I know David is going to nail it!"
In Spirit Reckoning, a farmer becomes something he never imagined when he is brought back to life by a Shaman. Driven by a vengeful passion, he seeks out the men who wronged him.
Set to film in Colorado and California, Spirit Reckoning is aiming for a 2021 release. Be sure to follow the film on Facebook to learn more.