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The Funhouse (1981)

R | | Horror | 13 March 1981 (USA)
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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Jeanne Austin ...
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Mr. Harper
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David Carson ...
Geek
Sonia Zomina ...
Bag Lady
Ralph Morino ...
Truck Driver (as Ralph Marino)
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Herb Robins ...
Carnival Manager
Mona Agar ...
Strip Show Dancer
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Marco the Magnificent
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Storyline

The teenager Amy Harper dates Buzz Dawson for the first time and they go to the carnival with their friends Richie and Liz. They smoke grass and have good-time visiting the attractions including a side show with freak animals. The silly Richie suggests the group to spend the night in the Funhouse for fun. During the night, they witness the murder of the fortune teller Madame Zena by a man wearing a mask of Frankenstein from an opening in the ceiling of a room. They decide to leave the fun house but they find all the exits locked. Meanwhile Richie sneaks in the room and steals the money of the manager of the place. The masked man returns with his father and owner of the fun house to show the corpse of Madame Zena; when the man realizes that he had been robbed, he presses his son that removes the mask and shows his horrible face. Richie startles and drops his lighter in the room. The owner asks his freak son to chase the thieves and eyewitnesses in a night of terror for the teenagers. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Something is alive in the funhouse...something that has the form of a human, but not the face...something that feeds off the flesh and blood of young innocents... See more »

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Carnival of Terror  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,765,456, 15 March 1981, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$7,886,857
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Trivia

The opening sequence is an homage to both Psycho (1960) and Halloween (1978). See more »

Goofs

Amy and Buzz leave her house in a 1966 Pontiac LeMans (obvious because of the grill and chrome badging behind headlight). The deep recess in the top of the c-pillar indicates that it is a convertible. Moments later when they are going down the road and even more clearly in the carnival parking lot when they are parking, it is a 1967 Pontiac GTO with a black vinyl top (notice the different grill insert and blinkers, as well as missing chrome badges on fender). See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Harper: I don't see why you wanna waste your time with a guy who works in a filling station.
Amy Harper: It's a first date, Mama. We're not getting married.
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Connections

Featured in Miles of Mayhem: Acting in Tobe's Funhouse (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Music from_Bride of Frankenstein (1935) _
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Composed by Franz Waxman
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No, this one doesn't star J.D. Roth
15 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

The Funhouse is one of my absolute favorite horror movies of the 1980s. That being said, I consider the 1980s the grandest time for the horror genre. You had fine slasher movies like Friday the 13th, Nightmare On Elm Street, My Bloody Valentine, and Prom Night. You also had great monster/ghost/zombie movies like The Howling, Day of the Dead, and The Fog. Well, the Funhouse falls right in the middle of the these subgenres. The story centers around Amy and her three friends (two guys and a girl), who, after seeing all the ghoulish and bizarre attractions at the carnival, decide to have a "lock-in" at the Funhouse for a night of hanky-panky. Well, a "lock-in" they get, followed by a night of sheer terror as the foursome witness a murder by the carnival's secret attraction, the hideously deformed freak, and become the target of the Funhouse's maniacal operators. Who will survive? Will any survive? And what kind of trauma will they have to endure? For those that are into blood and guts, this movie will probably not do it for you, because it doesn't contain much. But for those of you who love a great horror movie with suspense, a claustrophobic atmosphere, and a grainy touch, this chiller is for you. I personally give it my highest recommendation. I truly believe that it is a forgotten classic. After all, it was Tobe Hooper, of Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Poltergeist fame, who helmed this gem. Even the tagline for this movie was perfect: "Pay to get in. PRAY to get out." And thank God that J.D. Roth wasn't in this film.


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