What Makes Serial Killer ‘Artik’ Tick in Behind-the-Scenes Character Featurette

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We recently shared a gnarly new trailer for Artik, the film about a comic book obsessed serial killer. If you were curious to find out more, we’ve got a special behind-the-scenes featurette to shed some light on the crazed killer and characters of the upcoming film.

Artik stars indie genre favorites Chase Williamson (SiREN, John Dies at the End, The Guest), Lauren Ashley Carter (Jug Face, Darling, The Women), and Matt Mercer (Contracted, Contracted: Phase II, Beyond the Gates), with Gavin White (14 Cameras) and Jerry G. Angelo (Warfighter) as the brooding, titular villain.

The story centers around a family-run sunflower farm, where comic-book obsessed serial killer Artik (Jerry G. Angelo), his life partner Flin (Lauren Ashley Carter), and their family of foster kids are on the hunt for the ultimate comic-book hero. Until Holton (Chase Williamson), an Al-Anon attending straight edge, punk purist, comes between them.

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The featurette details Artik’s desire to “rebuild” the unfortunate souls that end up in his torture chair. He obsession with comics not only fuels his passion and his desire to kill (in search of that ultimate hero) but they also form his methodology for the kidnapping and murder of his victims.

Speaking with iHorror, director Tom Botchii shared some detail on Artik’s motive. “Artik feels very justified. He’s looking for a hero and honestly believes in his methods. He tries to break people down and rebuild them, which is where he thinks the true test is. It’s almost as if it’s a piece of art to him. And if you can survive it all, we’ve got something here”.

As Matt Mercer explains in the clip, Artik and his wife Flin almost operate on their own plane of existence – which makes them extremely dangerous. They’re violent, volatile and determined, and there’s absolutely no use in trying to reason with them.

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The featurette paints a curious picture of the four lead characters. We get a glimpse at how their stories, motivations, and conflict culminate in what looks to be a rather explosive way.

Check out the behind-the-scenes look below, and you can keep an eye out for Artik on the festival circuit this summer.

Kelly McNeely is a tea drinking, craft making, machete wielding screen junkie with a mostly healthy obsession with horror, 90s action films, and spooky home decor. A staff writer for, she has also contributed to Grim Magazine, Modern Horrors, CGMagazine, Salem Horror Fest, 1428 Elm, and Netflix Life. You can find her getting day drunk and making festive housewares at The Creepy Crafter on Facebook, or follow her on Twitter and Instagram @kellsmcnells