Monday, May 4, 2009

The Funhouse (1981) aka Carnival Of Terror

3 / 5
Tagline: Something is alive in the funhouse...something that has the form of a human, but not the face...something that feeds off the flesh and blood of young innocents...
Directed by: Tobe Hooper
Written by: Lawrence Block
Actors include: Elizabeth Berridge, Shawn Carson, Jack McDermott
Genre: Horror
Length: 96 minutes
Banned: Finland, Norway, Germany
Country: USA

This is some relatively cheesy fun in a way but on that note, it's a little too cheesy to be effective. The story is about some teens who go to a carnival (yeah surprising huh), and they decide to spend the night in the...funhouse (you guessed it). Although I'm really unsure why anyone would find that to be a good area for a sleepover...teens can have sex anywhere! Thing is they witness a murder and then they are chased around and hunted (because of their own stupidity). It's filled with homages to things Hooper must be a fan of which is fine but it's a little too over the top. The effects are alright, the set it bizarre and the idea is alright, just none of it is stunning. It also takes a very long time to build up into any action, this seriously could have been a short story. Oh well, if you would like to see a slightly different take on a slasher with some decent deaths you could do much worse.

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