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      The Funhouse

      R Released Apr 13, 1981 1 hr. 36 min. Horror List
      67% 21 Reviews Tomatometer 43% 5,000+ Ratings Audience Score 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. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Mar 19 Buy Now

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      Audience Member It's more like a nightmare than fun at the carnival. This is another 1980s slasher movie amongst many directed by Tobe Hooper. Liz gets back at her folks by escaping to the local carnival that's just arrived. Buzz her boyfriend and Liz and Richie accompany her to having a night on the town. But the fun stops when they witness a murder by a deformed psychopath wearing a carnival mask. Amy and the others must escape the killings before the carnival leaves, that is if they can make it through the night. It really does take over an hour for things to get moving. The first kill takes a long time to set things up. I didn't really feel for these characters and the little brother could've been cut from this thing entirely. The killers deformed face looks gruesome though. But there are better slashers out there. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 03/14/24 Full Review Mike P Solid early 80s thriller from acclaimed Horrormeister Tobe Hooper; is actually pretty good; and was actually well received by the critics back in the day; (see the 67% Approval rating on Rottentomatoes); and it was a solid hit to boot...A group of kids spend the night at a shady carnival on a dare for the thrill of it...And it doesn't go well...Enough thrilling moments, effects and atmosphere to recommend it to horror fans. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/11/24 Full Review Mark H The Funhouse will satisfy fans of that specific era, late 70's/early 80's gritty, atmospheric, slow-burn horror. Fans of Texas Chainsaw (an unquestionable masterpiece) looking for a more mature, refined Tobe Hooper will be disappointed - he seems to be just working here, getting paid for a gig. This movie is all but undone by an almost laughably silly and low budget-looking monster. The story is fine, a traveling carnival with a grim reputation and incestuous relationships, it's no coincidence Hooper focuses on mutations and "freaks" of nature in the early scenes. But the reveal of the hideously deformed son of the barker will evoke laughter as much as gasps. It truly looks like a rubber mask with corn syrup dripping endlessly from its mouth. This is a B movie, with a decently trashy, grimy atmosphere similar to films like The Tourist Trap. It's about on that level. If you want mutations and slime, watch The Thing (1982) instead. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 11/28/23 Full Review Kazall R The Funhouse is a slow, boring movie with uninteresting characters, lame villains and stupid jokes. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 10/25/23 Full Review Woodle B It was incredibly boring. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 08/16/23 Full Review B Rad I liked it but it is a bit slow to get to the good stuff. Never the less I like it and recommended it Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 07/08/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Jake Wilson The Age (Australia) [Tobe Hooper] shows both his range and his thematic consistency in this luscious, morbid 1981 fairytale. Jan 11, 2019 Full Review David Nusair Reel Film Reviews ...Hooper spends much of the movie’s endless runtime focused on the one-dimensional protagonists’ meandering, hopelessly tedious exploits. Rated: 1/4 Nov 25, 2022 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy The imaginatively designed funhouse, oddball characters along the periphery, and a masterfully staged climax allow this to stand out. Rated: 3/4 Sep 11, 2022 Full Review Alan Jones Starburst The Funhouse is all the fun of the fair with no disappointment. Jul 27, 2022 Full Review Diego Galán El Pais (Spain) The story is slow, obvious, and repetitive. [Full Review in Spanish] Aug 21, 2019 Full Review Charles Webb MTV A terrific twist with its killer makes it one worth seeking out. Jul 3, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis 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.
      Director
      Tobe Hooper
      Executive Producer
      Mark L. Lester, Mace Neufeld
      Screenwriter
      Lawrence Block
      Distributor
      Universal Pictures
      Production Co
      Universal/Universal Int
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Horror
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Apr 13, 1981, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      May 7, 2015
      Sound Mix
      Surround
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