Character actor David Howard Thorton, best known for his role as Art the Clown for the indie hit Terrifier, has joined the cast of Heart and Fire Productions and Spirit Reckoning LLC’s upcoming horror western Spirit Reckoning.
Thorton is set to play the role of 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.
Thorton joins previously announced cast Sean Patrick Flannery of The Boondock Saints, and Lew Temple of “The Walking Dead” as well as The Devil’s Rejects.
Spirit Reckoning is a fun-filled action-horror-western that has never been done like this before and we’re billing it as John Woo meets Sergio Leone meets the horror genre”, said writer-director Jimmy Lee Combs. “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! 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 makeup prosthetics, the Skull Cowboy.“
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!” Jimmy Lee added.
Spirit Reckoning will film in both Colorado and California and is aiming for a 2021 release.