The Funhouse (1981)




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Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Lawrence Block
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 19, 1999
Warner Home Video


as Amy Harper

as Buzz Dawson

as Richie

as Mme. Zena

as The Barker

as Marco The Magnificen...

as The Monster

as Joey Harper

as Mrs. Harper

as Bag Lady

as Truck Driver

as Carnival Manager

as Carmella

as Heckler

as Voyeur

as Poker Player

as Tall Lady

as Spectator

as Spectator

as Garbage Collector

as Garbage Collector
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Critic Reviews for The Funhouse

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

With its two-headed cow, mutant baby in a jar, jokes about bestiality, references to 'Bride of Frankenstein' and misbegotten monster, this is very much a horror movie that contemplates, with awe and terror, the sometimes terrible consequences of sex.

Full Review… | November 16, 2012
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Bad date chiller.

Full Review… | July 22, 2010
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An underrated gem, a mini-masterpiece of frights and atmosphere.

Full Review… | October 15, 2008

Lento e aborrecido, consegue criar tensão em um ou outro momento, mas só.

April 14, 2005
Cinema em Cena

Audience Reviews for The Funhouse

I'm just going to be honest here up front and say that I've never really been a fan of Tobe Hooper. Outside of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, his work has been spotty and lackluster. Such is the case with The Funhouse. I do praise the score for the movie, even though it's overused, and the design of the monster's mask, but other than that, there's nothing really spectacular about this one. Paying homages to Psycho and Halloween in the opening minutes didn't really help it much either. Sub-standard horror film fodder with plot threads and ideas that go nowhere fast, I don't really understand how this broken plot got put into production. I suppose the dolls and the animatronic characters in the movie would frighten some people, or even creep them out, but that stuff doesn't really work on me. This had potential, but it's such a slow build-up to essentially nothing.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer


An unknown and under appreciated movie. Tobe Hooper knows how to make great horror movies, and although this isn't as amazing as Poltergeist or Texas Chainsaw, it is still good. The opening scene is a great tribute/reenactment of the famous shower scene from Psycho.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer

A somewhat creepy movie without many real scares, it's more like they were trying to remake Freaks as a modern slasher flick, but without a story, or something. Anyway, I didn't like it at all, and I don't recommend it.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

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