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The Funhouse -- Four teenage friends spent the night in a carnival funhouse and are stalked by a deformed man in a frankenstein mask.

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Writer:
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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Above average 1980s scare flick See more (133 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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2.35 : 1 See more »
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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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The title for the film's French release is 'Massacres dans le train fantôme', meaning 'Massacres on the Ghost Train'.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: 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:
Richie Atterbury:Amy'll hit it off for sure. Buzz is a terrific guy.
Liz Duncan:She's stoned. When you're stoned, Charles Manson is a terrific guy.
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Referenced in The New Kids (1985)See more »

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17 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Above average 1980s scare flick, 8 November 2008
Author: mnpollio from United States

Fast-paced and atmospheric thriller set in and around the carnival midway. Two couples visiting the local traveling carnival decide to spend the night in The Funhouse and fool around as a lark. After witnessing a murder, they become the targets of a deformed maniac and his barker dad who are determined they will not leave to report it to the police. I read the Owen West (aka Dean Koontz) novelization back in the day, which was infinitely more padded with back story, abortion issues, religious fanaticism, and a rather Byzantine attempt to link the heroine and her younger brother to the killers before they ever set foot on the midway. Mercifully, the film abandons all of the excess baggage and strips the story done to the bare essentials. I enjoy Tobe Hooper's direction here much more so than that shown in the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre as it seems we are seeing a much more polished effort. He nicely establishes the atmosphere of the midway, which by turns is colorful and sordid. The central characters are nicely delineated (although due to the abandoning of the subplots from the novelization, Shawn Carson's younger brother seems like a fifth wheel rather than integral to the story) and well played by an appealing cast. They seem like credible and overwhelmed young people rather than fodder for the axing. Lead Elizabeth Berridge, in particular, has a nice girl next door quality and radiates a resourcefulness through her terror without ever seeming like either Superwoman or a victim. The make-up for the primary killer is particularly effective and novel. The film builds up a substantial head of steam before going for broke in a wild Grand Guignol climax. The score is also worth mentioning as it provides a very effective counterpoint to the action. Ironically, this film is rarely mentioned by horror fans, having been buried amid the morass of Friday the 13th clones that proliferated in this period, but it is definitely one that should be rediscovered.

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