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The Funhouse

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Rebellious teen Amy (Elizabeth Berridge) defies her parents by going to a trashy carnival that has pulled into town. In tow are her boyfriend, Buzz (Cooper Huckabee), and their friends Liz (Largo Woodruff) and Richie (Miles Chapin). Thinking it would be fun to spend the night in the campy "Funhouse" horror ride, the teens witness a murder by a deformed worker wearing a mask. Locked in, Amy and her friends must evade the murderous carnival workers and escape before it leaves town the next day.

Cast & Crew

Sylvia Miles
Madame Zena
Kevin Conway
Freak Show Barker, Strip Show Barker, Funhouse Barker
Shawn Carson
Joey Harper
Jeanne Austin
Mrs. Harper
Lawrence Block
Screenwriter
Mark L. Lester
Executive Producer
Mace Neufeld
Executive Producer
Brad Neufeld
Associate Producer
Andrew Laszlo
Cinematographer
Jack Hofstra
Film Editor
John Beal
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Critic Reviews for The Funhouse

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  • Nov 14, 2018
    Here is a lousy horror movie that doesn't manage to be tense, scary or even creepy, being just slow, dull and mostly uneventful - and the most ironic (or pathetic, actually) is that it gets even worse and dumber when things finally start to happen, with only thirty minutes left.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 16, 2015
    To label the first half of the listless dud The Funhouse phlegmatic is an insult to mucus. It crawls on its hands and knees to a creature feature. It's what Roger Ebert coined a Dead Teenager Movie with a slice-of-life focus on the park's attractions. The most eerie sights are a two-headed cow and another with a cleft palette. Finally, after an interminable uphill battle of pot smoking, peep-show voyeurism and exhibitionist sex, it shifts gears to a slasher film with a "freak". Unfortunately, the critter is a lanky albino bat without a backbone. There is nothing more flagrantly idiotic for a movie villain than humanization and then abject humiliation when the deformed Gunther Straker (Wayne Doba) basically cowers and mewls for the majority. When Gunther is henpecked and harangued by his father for his violent temptations, Tobe Hooper duplicates the askew nuclear-family dynamics of Texas Chainsaw Massacre. For such a declawed R-rating and harmless tonality, the hatchet-in-the-head overkill of one character and flaunting nudity of Amy Harper (Elizabeth Berridge) are jarring to the audience's sensibilities. The rationale behind Kevin Conway as the three carnival barkers is not nonsensical, it's completely nonexistent. Amy's brother's infiltration of the roving fair is a shaggy dog story that proceeds to no outlet. It hints at child-in-peril exploitation and quickly abandons those dubious plans. The Psycho shower scene with the Dario Argento killer-with-black-gloves trope is futile because it is a thrifty excuse for breasts and a jump scare. It might be faintly better than Eaten Alive but a calamity like The Funhouse still postulates the question what happened to the guerilla mastermind behind Texas Chainsaw Massacre?
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  • Nov 29, 2011
    Most of the time it was badly-acted, unoriginal, and dull-looking. In other words, it was pretty routine for a low-budget horror flick. Only one thing was missing... it wasn't scary! In fact, it kind of reminded me of the Goonies.
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  • Aug 14, 2011
    Most of the time it was badly-acted, unoriginal, and dull-looking. In other words, it was pretty routine for a low-budget horror flick. Only one thing was missing... it wasn't scary! In fact, it kind of reminded me of the Goonies.
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