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Originally released as a motion picture in the theaters back in 1981, "The Funhouse" was quite the treat for the fan of homemade horror movies. (Those are always the best!) The storyline concerns two young couples who decide to spend the night in the carnival funhouse... BIG MISTAKE! They witness a murder from inside and soon are stalked by a bloodthirsty monster that lurks from inside. One-by-one they fall prey to the numerous booby traps and terrifying surprises until only one remains in a desperate fight for survival against the horror from within!
The actual funhouse itself is a really eerie set, and features some of the most scariest animatronics you'll ever see! (the fat lady one still haunts me today due to that I can't get that bizarre laugh out of my head!) I'd have to say that this may not be all big and bad as Tobe Hooper's other masterpiece, "Poltergeist" (which came out one year later) but it still packs quite punch that no other horror movie can do anymore.
I first saw this on the A&E network a long time ago when I was in the third grade and it scared the hell out of me! It aired again on the Sci-Fi channel and that's when I really started to get into it! Over and over I'd watch and never EVER get tired of it!Read more ›
After a title sequence that sets both the setting and the tone, "The Funhouse" begins with a nice nudge-nudge, wink-wink that combines the opening of "Halloween" with the shower scene from "Psycho." Amy Harper (Elizabeth Berridge) has a pesky younger brother, Joey (Shawn Carson), who violates their sibling propriety so badly that she pins him up against the wall and says not only will she not take him to the carnival that is in town, she will, one day, at a place and time of her choosing, get him in a way that will pretty much scar him for life.
Our story really begins when Amy's dad forbids her to go to the carnival, because a couple of girls were found dead after it left a nearby town. Of course Amy not only goes to the carnival with her date, Buzz (Cooper Huckabee) and her friends Liz (Largo Woodruff) and Richie (Miles Chapin), but after enjoying the freak shows and other tacky sideshow attractions, she ends up going along with Richie's brilliant idea to spend the night in the Funhouse. However, before the two couples can get really comfortable they witness a gruesome and unexpected murder on the level below them, and when they make the mistake of letting the killer know that they are there, the fun really begins.
This horror film really benefits from the setting, both in terms of the seedy carnival and the mechanical innards of the funhouse itself.Read more ›
The movie recieved an mixed reaction from critics and audiences, when it first came out in 1981. The late Gene Siskel, who is known for not liking horror movies did enjoy this one. Leonard Maltin gives an above average review, he felt the movie give plenty of atmosphere but he felt there was something missing to give it an three star rating. But horror fans and fans of Hooper's work finally recongized the movie. There is talks of a remake in 3-D, these days as well.
Blu-ray from Shout! Factory has an good anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1) 1080p transfer and an strong digitally remastered DTS 5.1 HD Sound (As well for DTS 2.0 HD Soundtrack). The Blu-ray has an pretty good commentary track by director Hooper and moderated by Tim Sullivan, who is a filmmaker as well. The disc has three interesting featurettes with actor:Conway, executive producer Mark L. Lester (Class of 1984, Commando, Firestarter) and music composer:John Beal. The Blu-ray also has deleted scenes were used for the TV Version, an audio interview with charactor actor William Finley (Who has an small but important memorable role in the picture) and trailers & tv spots.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
This movie is quite old but it still rates very well where horror movies are concerned. Acting is a bit funny but can make you hide your eyes.Published on Dec 26 2012 by Joanne
On the other hand, I much rather stick to Halloween movies and not The Funhouse. Stick to Halloween 1 and 2, Halloween 20 years later and Halloween Resurrection.Published on April 17 2012 by Kevin Barton
I was so excited when i got this and that it was NTSC Import wich usually means it works in Canada but unfortunetly very let down cause this does not work in Canada. Read morePublished on March 1 2012
As a huge horror fan, I've always felt as if I should really like and appreciate Tobe Hooper -- but I just don't, really. Read morePublished on Aug. 24 2006 by Daniel Jolley
My best friend and I first discovered the book when going through some old stuff left behind by her sisters when they moved out. We both really loved the book. Read morePublished on June 24 2004
when i first seen this movie i thought it be scary but it turned out to be one of the most boring horror movies i seen so far. Read morePublished on April 21 2004 by Dee