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Funhouse
     

Funhouse

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Director: Tobe Hooper, Elizabeth Berridge, Cooper Huckabee, Miles Chapin

Cast: Tobe Hooper, Elizabeth Berridge, Cooper Huckabee, Miles Chapin

 

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Director Tobe Hooper scares up some fun in the '80s horror classic The Funhouse. The film is presented in a passable 2.35:1 non-anamorphic widescreen transfer. This is a very mediocre transfer that sports solid colors and black levels, though the print includes a generous amount of grain and blemishes which are often distracting to the viewing. The soundtrack

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Director Tobe Hooper scares up some fun in the '80s horror classic The Funhouse. The film is presented in a passable 2.35:1 non-anamorphic widescreen transfer. This is a very mediocre transfer that sports solid colors and black levels, though the print includes a generous amount of grain and blemishes which are often distracting to the viewing. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround in English, and, much like the video presentation, is only okay. While there is little activity in the way of directional effects or surround sounds, overall, the mix is free of any excessive hiss or distortion. The Funhouse certainly isn't filled with all kinds of wacky extra features -- the only supplement included on this disc are some short production notes on the making of the film.

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Tobe Hooper's entry into the slasher film cycle of the early 1980's lacks the inspiration and scare power of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre but still manages to deliver the goods for its target audience. The best element of The Funhouse is its setting: the filmmakers did an excellent job recreating the sleazy, nocturnal feel of a traveling carnival and this helps the film maintain a creepy atmosphere even when its storytelling falls short. The least impressive element of The Funhouse is Larry Block's lightweight script, which takes a long time to get going and builds itself around a quartet of cookie-cutter teen protagonists that aren't like to inspire much sympathy in the audience. The latter problem carries over to the performances: only Elizabeth Berridge sparks any interest via a believable, effectively underplayed performance as the main heroine. These problems make The Funhouse a pretty lightweight affair, especially when stacked up against a real horror classic like Halloween. That said, The Funhouse remains worth a look to horror buffs for a few reasons. The biggest reason is the supporting cast: Kevin Conway is believably sleazy (and terrifying) as the villainous Barker, mime-turned-actor Wayne Doba pulls off the impressive feat of humanizing the film's mutated killer without the benefit of any dialogue and cult favorites Sylvia Miles and William Finley add color in bit parts as carnival workers. Director Tobe Hooper delivers an exciting finale and works in the occasional inspired stylistic flourish along the way: the best of these is the tongue-in-cheek opening sequence, which manages lampoon key moments from Psycho and Halloween at the same time. Ultimately, The Funhouse is too uneven to qualify for classic status but remains of interest to genre fans for its periodic flashes of inspiration.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/19/1999
UPC:
0018713810434
Original Release:
1981
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Surround]
Time:
1:35:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Elizabeth Berridge Amy
Cooper Huckabee Buzz
Miles Chapin Richie
Largo Woodruff Liz
Sylvia Miles Madame Zena
Kevin Conway The Barker
William Finley Marco The Magnificent
Wayne Doba The Monster
Shawn Carson Joey Harper
David Carson Geek
Peter Conrad Midget
Frank Grimes Voyeur
Shawn McAllister Actor
Sandy Mielke Garbage Collector
Sid Raymond M.C.
Herb Robins Carnival Manager
Frank Schuller Poker Player
Sonia Zomina Bag Lady
Jack McDermott Harper
Allison Caine Voice Only

Technical Credits
Tobe Hooper Director
Richard Baker Special Effects
Pamela Basker Casting
John Beal Score Composer
Steven Bernhardt Producer
Lawrence Block Screenwriter
Fern Champion Casting
Norman Cohen Asst. Director
Tom Coll Set Decoration/Design
Jose Duarte Art Director
Jack Hofstra Editor
Andrew Laszlo Cinematographer
Mark L. Lester Executive Producer
Mace Neufeld Executive Producer
Derek Power Producer
Mort Rabinowitz Production Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Index
1. I'm Going to Get You [7:19]
2. First Date [2:44]
3. A Terrific Guy [5:50]
4. Creatures of God [5:24]
5. No Escape [5:23]
6. A Tall, Dark Stranger [5:02]
7. Girls, Girls, Girls [5:02]
8. The Funhouse [6:08]
9. Too Late [6:14]
10. She's Dead [4:01]
11. Blame It on the Locals [4:27]
12. He's Harmless [4:15]
13. Stay Together [6:02]
14. Poor Baby [5:13]
15. Please Don't Hurt Me [4:25]
16. Blood Is Thicker Than Water [5:29]
17. The Monster or the Machine [4:54]
18. Daybreak [7:09]

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The Funhouse 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite horror movies. From the director of TCM, how can you go wrong?? YOu cant, so buy this movie. I also want to check the book out. I'm a sucker for carnival horror.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The movie is scary as graphic violense and is one great film that Tobe Hooper directed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Funhouse is one of Tobe Hooper's greatest films ever, no questions asked! The Funhouse is about four teens: Amy(Elizabeth Berridge), Buzz(Cooper Huckabee), Liz(Largo Woodruff), and Richie(Miles Chapin), who go on a double date to the fair. While they're there, they ride rides, smoke pot, and eat lots of food. Then when they decide to leave, Richie suggests they spend the night in the funhouse, cause he's always wanted to, and it would be fun. So they get on the ride, and get off inside, hoping to have some fun. But instead, they are stalked through the tunnels and pop ups, by a monstrous fiend, hoping to find and kill them.....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago