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The Funhouse (1981)

Cast: Elizabeth Berridge, Elizabeth Berridge, Cooper Huckabee, more...
Director: Tobe Hooper, Tobe Hooper
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Studio: Universal Studios
Genre: Horror, Slashers
Running Time: 95 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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This title is currently out of print.

Synopsis
This low-budget horror film about teenagers trapped in a carnival funhouse with a freakish monster is pretty standard stuff. Director Tobe Hooper manages a few shocks and includes some typically peculiar supporting characters, but this film is less entertaining than either of his previous excursions into such territory. Not as scary as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) nor as bizarre as Eaten Alive (1976), The Funhouse may as well have been directed by an anonymous hack as one of the foremost names in the genre. The movie tie-in novel, penned by Dean R. Koontz under the pseudonym "Owen West," is actually far more frightening than the film on which it was based. ~ Robert Firsching, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Not much fun by ColonelKong October 7, 2003 - 10:10 PM PDT
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3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
I'm a big fan of other stuff by Tobe Hooper like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Lifeforce, but this somewhat obscure entry in his filmography isn't one of his best. I think the thing that bugged me the most about it was that it felt like there was a whole lot of stuff in it that never really went anywhere that probably should've been cut at the writing phase.

I will say that it was nicely shot by Andrew Laszlo and that it had one or two pretty good scenes, but otherwise I didn't find this Funhouse to be much fun.




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