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The Funhouse (1981)

 -  Horror  -  13 March 1981 (USA)
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Four teenage friends spend the night in a carnival funhouse and are stalked by a deformed man in a Frankenstein mask.

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Two young couples on a double date go to a mysterious carnival. As a prank they decide to spend the night in the funhouse. When they witness a brutal murder, they suddenly find themselves in horrific danger. Written by Sean V. Taylor <st52@cornell.edu>

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Something is alive in the funhouse...something that, tonight, will turn the funhouse into a carnival of terror! See more »

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The title for the film's French release is 'Massacres dans le train fantôme', meaning 'Massacres on the Ghost Train'. See more »

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Amy Harper: Listen, how would you like to go to the movies instead of the carnival?
Buzz Klemmet: The movies? What for?
Amy Harper: It's the same carnival that went through Fairfield County, where they had all that trouble.
Buzz Klemmet: Terrific. Maybe we'll get a little action. Come on. You're not afraid to go, are you?
Amy Harper: No, I just don't feel like it. Besides, I promised my father we were going to the movies.
Buzz Klemmet: Forget about your old man. He's trying to bum your evening.
Amy Harper: How can you say that? You don't even know my father.
Buzz Klemmet: Hey, loosen up, will ya?
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Dark Ride as horror motive
11 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There are only two horror movies known to me whose central topic is a Dark Ride (also called "Ghost Train" in England): "Ghost Drive" (2006) and "The Funhouse" (1981). Typologically, a "Funhouse" is a building which is not inhabited by humans, but by projections of human fantasy whose motives are basically taken from Old-World legends and mythologies, in some modern cases also from horror movies (zombies, aliens, Freddy Krueger, Bela Lugosi, etc.). Normally, you drive alone or as a couple in a wagon called vehicle that has either the form of an open car or an engine (hence Ghost Train) on a single or double rail along which there are contacts by which the passing wagon makes the appearances move, shine and utter sounds. Since most modern appearances are quite realistic, it is only a short step to think that they could become actually alive. However, "The Funhouse" falls not into this cheap trap to show as robots with alleged free will, but carefully maintains the Poly-con-textural border between the ghosts and their operators. As a matter of fact, this movie serves a lot of unexpected or rather seldom scary effects and thus belongs definitely to the best representatives of Slasher Movies. The idea, however, that there is actually no escape from a Funhouse-building is an invention: In Europe as well as in the United States, such theme-buildings must have roofs that can be removed in no time in the case of a fire-emergency. Also, they must have clearly indicated emergency exists as well as water connections in the case that a Funhouse is a non-ambulant building (a building which is not transported, as the one shown in the movie, from fairground to fairground). Since I belong to the possibly very few people in this world who actually had several times the possibility to walk through enlightened Funhouses, Dark Rides and Ghost Trains, I can assure you that this movie - quite unlike "Ghost Drive" - does a hell of a job in showing you the inside of such a theme-park building which is normally as secret to public as the election of the pope is.


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