Thursday, October 2, 2008

The Funhouse (1981, Tobe Hooper)

"Who will dare to face the challenge of the Funhouse? Who is mad enough to enter that world of darkness? How about you, sir...?"

Well, how about it? C'mon! What? You have nightmares of clowns touching you in bad places? Wah Wah Wah! Suck it up and don't be such a little bitch. What? That's what the clown says in your dreams? Oh. Oops.

Well October has started and so has my scary movie marathon. I decided that I would go with Tobe Hooper's (Texas Chainsaw Massacre) The Funhouse to start the festivities. The film is about four teenagers who go on a double date to a local carnival and decide to sneak in and spend the night in the funhouse. While inside they witness a murder by a mute carnival worker wearing a Frankenstein mask. The carnies soon discover that there are witnesses to the murder and try to hunt down the teenagers. Will the kids escape the maze of the funhouse?

The Funhouse turns out to be a well done horror flick by Hooper, one of the masters of the genre. The atmosphere is incredible and there are lots of good scares. Makeup Effects master Rick Baker (An American Werewolf in London) does an incredible job creating the hideous monster hidden beneath the Frankenstein mask. Though the film's stalk and slash formula has been used many times before, the setting adds a new twist that a lot of horror films lack.


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