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Lawrence Block (written by)
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Release Date:
13 March 1981 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
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 »
Plot:
Four teenage friends spend the night in a carnival funhouse and are stalked by a deformed man in a Frankenstein mask. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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This Is Just Awful See more (130 total) »

Cast

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Elizabeth Berridge ... Amy Harper
Shawn Carson ... Joey Harper
Jeanne Austin ... Mrs. Harper

Jack McDermott ... Mr. Harper

Cooper Huckabee ... Buzz Dawson
Largo Woodruff ... Liz
Miles Chapin ... Richie
David Carson ... Geek
Sonia Zomina ... Bag Lady
Ralph Morino ... Truck Driver (as Ralph Marino)

Kevin Conway ... Freak Show Barker / Strip Show Barker / Funhouse Barker
Herb Robins ... Carnival Manager
Mona Agar ... Strip Show Dancer
Wayne Doba ... The Monster

William Finley ... Marco the Magnificent
Susie Malnik ... Carmella

Sylvia Miles ... Madame Zena

Sid Raymond ... Strip Show MC
Larry Ross ... Heckler - Girlie Show
Frank Grimes ... Strip Show Voyeur
Frank Schuller ... Poker Player #1
Peter Conrad ... Midget with Tall Lady
Mildred Hughes ... Tall Lady
Glen Lawrence ... Spectator

Shawn McAllister ... Garbage Collector #1

Sandy Mielke ... Garbage Collector #2
Mike Montalvo ... Spectator
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sherman 'Big Train' Bergman ... Carnival Worker (uncredited)
Allison Caine ... Additional Voices (voice) (uncredited)

Raymond Forchion ... Man in Tent Show (uncredited)

David Mandel ... Carnival Strongman (uncredited)

Directed by
Tobe Hooper 
 
Writing credits
Lawrence Block (written by) (as Larry Block)

Produced by
Steven Bernhardt .... producer
Mark L. Lester .... executive producer
Brad Neufeld .... associate producer
Mace Neufeld .... executive producer
Derek Power .... producer
 
Original Music by
John Beal 
 
Cinematography by
Andrew Laszlo (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Jack Hofstra 
 
Casting by
Pamela Basker 
Fern Champion 
 
Production Design by
Mort Rabinowitz  (as Morton Rabinowitz)
 
Art Direction by
Jose Duarte 
 
Set Decoration by
Tom Coll 
 
Makeup Department
Rick Baker .... special makeup design
Marlana May .... makeup artist
Donisia McGowan .... hair stylist
Craig Reardon .... special makeup execution
 
Production Management
Norman Cohen .... unit production manager
John Orland .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Adrienne Bourbeau .... second assistant director
Norman Cohen .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Harold Collins .... construction coordinator
William Kellow .... carpenter
Nicholas J. Romanac .... property master (as Nick Romanac)
Neal Adams .... conceptual designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jack Dalton .... sound mixer (as Jack Dalton Sr.)
Robert L. Hoyt .... sound re-recording mixer (as Robert Hoyt)
Dale Johnson .... sound editor
Earl Madery .... sound re-recording mixer
John J. Stephens .... sound re-recording mixer (as John Stephens)
David A. Whittaker .... sound editor (as David Whittaker)
 
Special Effects by
J.B. Jones .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Destolfe .... still photographer (as Robert De Stolfe)
Russell Engels .... gaffer (as Rusty Engles)
Ed Kammerer .... best boy (as Eddie Kammerer)
Ed Knott Jr. .... key grip (as Eddie Knott Jr.)
Walter G. Morris Jr. .... gaffer (as Walter Morris Jr.)
James Pergola .... camera operator
John Winner .... first assistant camera
Oscar Barber .... camera operator: "b" camera (uncredited)
Oscar Barber .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Daniel Pearl .... additional photographer (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Susie Feldott .... casting: Miami
Bob Gordon .... casting: Miami
Jonathan Lane .... casting: Miami (as Jonothan Lane)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Linda Benedict-Pierce .... wardrobe (as Linda Benedict)
Andre Lavery .... wardrobe
Harold Richter .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Vicki Hiatt .... post-production assistant
Robert Leader .... assistant editor
Angelo Ross .... location editor
 
Music Department
Richard Bellis .... orchestrator
Tom Catalano .... music supervisor
Don James .... orchestrator
Ken Johnson .... music editor
Jo Ann Kane .... music preparation
John Beal .... conductor (uncredited)
John Beal .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Miles Goodman .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Daniel J. Johnson .... music editor (uncredited)
Rick Riccio .... music scoring mixer (uncredited)
John Rosenberg .... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Don Gilman .... production assistant
Melanie Grefe .... production assistant
Arnold Leibovit .... production assistant
Murray Naidich .... main title design
Susana Preston .... script supervisor
Roberta Rose .... production accountant
Daphne Stacey .... assistant: Mr. Hooper
Jeffrey W. Stacey .... production assistant (as Jeff Stacey)
Cynthia Streit .... production coordinator
Dee Dee Winner .... production coordinator
Kathy Day .... assistant: Mr. Neufeld (uncredited)
Jonathan Lane .... assistant to director (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Mary Lee Lander .... the producers wish to acknowledge the contributions of
Shari Lewis .... dummy courtesy of
Bob Megerle .... special thanks
 

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Runtime:
96 min | Sweden:90 min (cut) | Belgium:80 min (video version)
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R | Finland:K-18 (2010) | Finland:(Banned) (1981) | France:-16 | Germany:BPjM Restricted | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:15 (2009) (uncut) | Norway:(Banned) (1981-2003) (cinema release) | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (re-rating) | UK:18 (video rating) (1987) | USA:R | West Germany:18 (cut)
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Trivia:
It was director Tobe Hooper's idea to shoot the film in anamorphic Panavision.See more »
Quotes:
Funhouse:[discovers that the Monster - who also turns out to be his son - has killed Madame Zena after paying her for sex... because she wouldn't give him a refund] You paid Madame Zena a hundred dollars for this? You crazy fool, I could have gotten you one of them tent-girls for fifteen! Well, you never were much for knowing the value of cash, were you?See more »
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References The Wolf Man (1941)See more »

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
This Is Just Awful, 21 May 2011
Author: TheExpatriate700 from United States

Who could fail to make a good horror movie out of a carnival? It has all the perfect ingredients: freaks, sleazy carnies, creepy fun houses...

The answer, unfortunately for viewers of The Funhouse, is Tobe Hooper.

The film, which follows a group of dim-witted teenagers trapped in a fun house, suffers from bad writing, poor character development, and general unbelievability. For starters, the film goes nowhere for the first forty-five to fifty minutes. If this time had been used for character development, it wouldn't be so bad, but instead it just follows the characters as they meander through the carnival.

Furthermore, when things finally get going, none of the characters are worth caring about. Their behavior is too stupid for the viewer to be invested in them, particularly when they just stand around when they should be running.

This issue is particularly striking in the case of the heroine. She does little if anything to protect herself. For the viewer to invest themselves in a protagonist, whether it be Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween or Heather Langenkamp in A Nightmare on Elm Street, they have to make some effort to defend themselves, or at least act independently. Our heroine just stands around screaming.

The only thing saving this film from a one star rating is its at times inspired use of atmosphere. The carnival comes across as genuinely sleazy, with shifty carnies and the occasional mad person walking about. Furthermore, the ending is truly eerie. However, this is not enough to save a boring, badly made film.

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