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13 March 1981 (USA) See more »
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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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 .... composer: trailer (uncredited)
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)
Mary Lee Lander .... the producers wish to acknowledge the contributions of
Shari Lewis .... dummy courtesy of
Bob Megerle .... special thanks

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96 min | Sweden:90 min (cut) | Belgium:80 min (video version)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R | Finland:K-18 (2010) | Finland:(Banned) (1981) | France:-16 | Germany:BPjM Restricted | Germany:16 (re-rating) (uncut) | 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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An accident occurred during filming when a carnival ride carrying several passengers was left on for about twenty minutes to half an hour. The ride, one which has several octopus arms that spin around with rotating carriages, normally only runs for about four minutes per joyride. Thrillseekers vomited and yelled out real screams as the ride continued way past its end time. When stopped, the riders could not walk and were somewhat twisted in their musculature. An ambulance was called but no one was seriously injured.See more »
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 »
Funhouse:...Who will dare to face the challenge of the Funhouse? Who is mad enough to enter that world of darkness? How about you, sir...?See more »
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21 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
As Nightmares Go, This One's About As Terrifying As It Gets..., 5 December 2008
Author: Christopher T. Chase ( from Arlington, VA.

Up until THE FUNHOUSE, Tobe Hooper had only come pretty close to recapturing the relentless and ruthlessly nightmarish feel of the classic that catapulted him to fame, THE Texas CHAINSAW MASSACRE. TCM 2 came closer than most of his films, but it traded in psychological terror for buckets of blood 'n' guts, where the first TCM had very little.

THE FUNHOUSE goes back to Hooper's roots, trading in the gore for playing with your nerves like Jimmy Page playing guitar. Traveling carnivals have always had a sinister, menacing undertone to them - that's part of what makes them so attractive - and Hooper, with a smart assist from Larry Block's script, takes that queasy unease and turns it up to '11', so that when the true horror is revealed, it's intensified that much more.

Four friends on a double date (Elizabeth Berridge, Miles Chapin, Cooper Huckabee and Largo Woodruff) decide to hole up in the Funhouse of a traveling carnival just outside of town way past closing time, just for kicks. It's a weird place that gives off a freaky vibe, but they don't come to realize just how freaky, until they see something that puts all of their lives in danger, and realize to their horror that not all the freaks in the show are fake...or at all "fun".

I don't want to spoil the surprises, but as is his habit, Hooper front-loads the movie with some acting vets, including genre favorites William Finley and Sylvia Miles. Plus the great Kevin Conway plays a pivotal role in bringing about the terror and death that the seemingly endless night holds for the trapped teens.

Anyone expecting Hooper and company to just pour on the gore is bound to be disappointed. THE FUNHOUSE is more about empathy and atmosphere...I mean, who HASN'T been through a funhouse like this at some time in their lives? The more you can put yourself in the place of the main characters, the spookier the film will be for you - especially in the third act.

Kudos to everybody for putting in some damn good performances, but especially to Berridge and to Wayne Doba who gives us a monster that is by turns pathetic, disgusting, pitiful and horrifying. And for John Beal, who created a score that plays with your nerves just as powerfully as the visuals do.

This is one of those best viewed alone, with the sound up and all the lights out...And don't worry - if you screech like a little schoolgirl at some parts, it'll be our secret, I promise...(hehheh)

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