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The Horror Show (House 3)

The Horror Show (House 3) (1989)


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This muddled attempt at creating a new supernatural serial killer franchise (in the mode of Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare on Elm Street series) features perennial movie thug Brion James as sadistic mass murderer Max Jenke, who hacked up more than 100 victims with a meat cleaver before his eventual capture by dedicated cop Lucas McCarthy (Lance Henriksen). Unwilling to cease his homicidal spree after his death, Jenke had been conducting bizarre experiments in soul-transference prior to his



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As a fright flick, The Horror Show fails miserably. As a piece of camp, however, it's fantastic - a total trip from start to finish.

November 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
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Dull Elm Street rip.

October 4, 2004 Full Review Source: Slasherpool

Killer from beyond the grave stupidness.

July 26, 2002

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Originally this wasn't anything to do with the 'House' horror franchise so I've read. It seems the same crew made this film but it was an independent horror flick, I'm not really sure why they gave it the title 'House III', confusing and odd state of affairs.

Anyway this film doesn't revolve around a haunted house but mainly a serial killer in the form of Brion James. Horror/sci-fi legend Lance Henriksen is the cop who captures 'Jenke' but when he gets electrocuted in the chair it seems to zap him into another dimension or reality where he can continue his killing ways much like 'Freddy Krueger'.

This film did in fact come out in the same year as Craven thriller 'Shocker' and the results are suspiciously the same I must say. It seems director Isaac may have borrowed a few elements from Craven's world for this film.

The first 'House' film was a horror thriller with slight comedy, the second film was a horror comedy adventure, now this third film is a straight horror thriller. Its not terrifying or particularly original (as I have mentioned) but its not for the younger audience and does include some gore. The sequence where 'Jenke' is executed is easily the most horrific moment with some vain popping effects that remind you of 'Scanners' and make you wince at the same time. There are some good body part moments also that are kind hokey but add to the atmosphere.

The film is totally saved by James as the killer 'Jenke' and Henriksen as the cop, if it wasn't for these two top actors the film would be pants. James hams it up hugely but does come across as menacing despite his annoying laugh, while Henriksen's lean greyhound like physic and face always seems to fit any role.

This still feels like a TV movie of sorts for some reason, doesn't have that true film like quality if that makes any sense. Its not a bad film either, not scary despite more blood and gore than the previous films, but more towards plain silly with enjoyable moments. I guess one of the funniest things is seeing Henriksen giving his all (as he always does) despite being cast in such an average forgettable film. Its still solid stuff if your a horror fan.
March 26, 2014

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The one star is out of respect for Lance Hinriksen, aside from his presence this film was probably one of the worst films that I have seen in a very long while.

It has little to no connection to any of the other "House" movies (not that that those were great...), as a matter of fact it was just billed as "The Horror Show" when I DVR'd it.

The only "horror" here is that this film got made and that Henriksen signed on.

It contains just about every cheesy horror gimmic and cliche. Bad acting. Bad special effects. Ridiculous story (development through resolution). What really put me over the edge was hearing a "howling/hissing cat" sound bite that I had on a Haunted House record when I was a kid, being used in one of the scenes as an actual cat.

This wasn't even good enough to qualify for my "so good it's bad" list.
June 23, 2008
Robert C

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I really enjoyed the hell out of this when it came out, though I had no clue it was originally a house sequel, and there is no way to know from watching the film. Anyway, any film with both Lance Henrikson and Brion James is awesome by default.
March 7, 2008

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