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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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Director:
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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Could be Tobe Hooper's Crowning Achievement See more (137 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 .... 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)
 
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 | 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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Trivia:
Actor Kevin Conway came up with a number of lines on his own, including the line about blaming a death on the "locals".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:
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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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Could be Tobe Hooper's Crowning Achievement, 2 July 2008
Author: gavin6942 from United States

Two couples on a double date spend their evening at the local carnival, against the main character's father's wishes. Rumor was circulating that kids in another county were killed at that carnival in the past. But they ignore the father, craft a really thin lie (the old "sleeping at a friend's house" routine), and go anyway. And then comes the big idea: stay overnight in the funhouse. This plan goes fine until the kids witness a fortune teller slash prostitute get murdered by the man in the Pat Sajak mask.

Tobe Hooper, the director, is a big name in horror. "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and "Poltergeist" are modern classics. I don't claim to be an expert on Hooper -- I've seen only a handful of his work -- but I would rank this near the top of the list. I have read other reviews calling this film, without hesitation, Hooper's best work, and I think they make a strong case. While the least known of the big three Hooper films, it has a timelessness to it that will strike terror in people's hearts forever.

Carnivals are scary. From "Carnival of Souls" to the more recent "Dark Ride", the background of a circus can be chilling. Throw in some clowns, carnival barkers and automated robots (dolls that move) and you have the perfect set-up. You don't really need a masked killer to heighten the fear, but Hooper throws one in anyway. If nothing else can be said about this movie, you can say the perfect atmosphere was created for winning film.

Beyond that, we have the same old horror standards. Teenagers making out, smoking pot and being stupid. We have a main character -- Amy Harper (Elizabeth Berridge) -- who is quite sexy, although her taste in men needs some adjustment (I'm sorry, but I thought Buzz Klemmet (Cooper Huckabee) was a jerk). And getting busy on the first date after not hitting it off well? Believable for some reason. Unlike her female co-star (Largo Woodruff), they find ways to get her topless multiple times in the film. I'm not complaining, but the real mystery is this: why didn't we see her in more 1980s films? I think the defining moment for this movie is when the mask is removed from the killer. I won't reveal anything that will spoil it, but I have to say that the man under the mask was quite the shocker for this first-time viewer. You think you know, but you have no idea.

Absolutely see "The Funhouse". 1970s and 1980s horror is a defining era for the genre, and this film sits right near the top of some of the best works. Possibly eclipsing "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and comfortably resting with "Halloween" (a film this one pays homage to in the opening scene), Hooper has made a name for himself. More recent contributions -- such as "The Damned Thing" -- are lacking, but classics like "The Funhouse" will guarantee him a slot in the Horror Movie Hall of Fame, if such a thing existed.

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