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The Funhouse Reviews

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½ October 2, 2016
Kids back in the eighties had it good, they could break into pretty much any place they wanted to go make out and not have to worry about things like security cameras, or their parents worrying about where they are. I personally wouldn't pick a carnival Funhouse for such an activity, but that's the basic premise of Tobe Hooper's "The Funhouse." The film isn't very scary, is fairly predictable, and features some plotlines that go nowhere, but doesn't change the fact that it's still a fun film to watch. Overall, the film is a big ol piece of well made comfort food that's far more entertaining than it probably should be. 3 1/2 stars
½ August 28, 2016
It's over an hour before the teenagers in this movie are in any danger. It's an hour of hanging out at the carnival, and 25 minutes of a horror movie. Don't waste your time.
½ August 17, 2016
Set a good creepy atmosphere, deformed dude was not scary. Didn't have live dolls like I thought
August 7, 2016
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.
July 14, 2016
From what I've heard from fans, this was suppose to be a fun slasher classic... one of the best?! It's the complete opposite!! One of my biggest disappointments in the slasher genre.
½ June 14, 2016
Don't waste your time with this movie it's slow and boring 0 stars
March 26, 2016
A group of teens spend the night in the Fun house of a carnival when they witness a murder, and one of the teens steals a carnies money.
½ November 16, 2015
Fist half is boring as hell, no action, no intrigue just lame jokes and annoying characters, second typical slasher in the gloomy carnival setting. Right name to this one is Yawnhouse.
October 28, 2015
Eerily and creepy as well as entertaining, The Funhouse may be less inspiring than Tobe Hooper's previous classics, but it serves up enough chills and shocks with a talented cast.
October 19, 2015
There is so much to love about The Funhouse. The title credits are amazing close ups of vintage automatons and make the film worth watching on that alone. The funhouse itself is really cool and the movie delivers on its carnival-night promises. Funhouse smoothly blends from lighthearted to dark, gritty and disturbing creating tension most slashers aren't able to match. (Minor spoilers ahead) I almost didn't notice that it was around an hour into the film before any actual killing took place, and the final body count is very low. However, like a Hitchcock thriller, the atmosphere and setup make the real action that much more powerful.
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½ October 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?
½ October 13, 2015
I hated this one as a kid but have learned to appreciate it over the years. Hooper is adapt at bringing the thrills and chills to this little freak show
½ May 15, 2015
The Funhouse is one of the better slasher movies from this era. It has a great atmosphere and a good build, but there is one major problem with this movie: The buildup is way too long and way too slow. A big part of this movie is the carnival atmosphere, but the plot doesn't start until about 40 minutes into the movie and there are no deaths until about 45 minutes in. What happens in the first 40 or so minutes? Four teens walk around a carnival and visit the attractions. It was great for like 20 minutes, but it was just too long. There is just not too much going on in this movie, despite being one of Tobe Hooper's better directorial efforts.

The monster is hilarious. He flails around constantly and has this Leatherface-like scream that is so annoying and funny.

Tobe Hooper made this with a clear love for horror movies. There are so many references to classic horror movies like Psycho, Halloween, almost every early Universal horror monster, and others. For that reason alone it's worth checking out.
March 16, 2015
Clearly inspired by the success of movies such as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Funhouse doesnt quite do anything new with the slasher/horror genre, but it has enough interesting chacarcters and horror violence to keep any horror fan entretained.
February 6, 2015
Directed by Tobe Hooper, (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), Salem's Lot (1979) and Lifeforce (1985)). This creepy horror film was offered to Hooper by Universal Pictures, Hooper was riding the crest of a wave of successful films, done on a low budget but making money and getting noticed. While it owes a big debt of gratitude to horror films of old, it still has some genuine scares to hand thoughout. It begins when teenager Amy Harper (Elizabeth Berridge) and her new boyfriend Buzz (Cooper Huckabee), along with her best friend Liz (Largo Woodruff) and her irresponsible boyfriend Richie (Miles Chapin) end up going to a travelling carnival, which has a lot of grotesque and weird attractions, including a strip show, a freak show with deformed animals and a fortune teller. But things take a sinister turn when they go on a haunted house ride known as The Funhouse. Which is genuinely scary. The ride stops inside and the carnival closes for the night, inside they witness a weird deformed monster murder a woman, and the teenagers find themselves locked in the ride. While it is a gruesom film with some nasty scares, it's quite tame compared to other horror films doing the rounds at that time, and this inexplicably ended up on the Video Nasty List over here, which shows how out of touch our government was. But, Hooper relishes in the grotesque, and he was about to make Poltergeist (1982).
½ December 13, 2014
De lo peor Tobe Hooper.
½ November 5, 2014
Not all that scary or even that fun; Hooper's really only going through the motions of his previous work.
October 28, 2014
Too slow and boring.
October 15, 2014
One of my favorites. Love the structure of this, love the pacing, love how the first act is constructed in particular.Very rich viewing no matter how many times you see it.
½ October 6, 2014
Extremely Well Crafted B-Movie Horror From Director Tone Hooper, Which Has Since Became A Cult Classic. While Spending The Night Inside A Creepy Carnival Funhouse, Two Teen Couples Witness A Brutal Murder & Are Trapped Inside By The Disfigured Killer. A Well Written, Scripted & Directed Movie, Which Builds Up A Somewhat Chilling Atmosphere Quite Slowly. This Is Tobe Hooper At His Best, Slowly Building Up The Tension With A Cast Of Unknowns, A Small Budget, Great Storytelling & Showcasing Great Directorial Skill.
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