Monday, April 25, 2011

The Funhouse (1981)

After reviewing  Torture Garden, I decided to keep going with the Sideshow / Circus theme. Next up, in the Ringmaster’s Realm is the 1981 Cult Horror Classic, The Funhouse by Tobe Hooper, one of the four films in the 4 Movie Marathon: Cult Horror Collection.

Plot/ Two young couples on a double date go to a mysterious carnival. As a prank they decide to spend the night in the funhouse. When they witness a brutal murder, they suddenly find themselves in horrific danger.

This has always been one of my favorites; combining two creepy elements and creating an above average 1980s slasher/thriller. The story and script are solid, the acting decent, the effects are awesome (especially Rick Baker’s creation) and the soundtrack is perfect. Most of all, Hooper’s direction creates tremendous suspense within an atmosphere of dread that permeates through the entire production. Perfect, no, but what movie is? In the end, this is a tremendous effort and definitely one of the best slasher/thrillers from the 1980s, and definitely a must see!

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