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The Horror Show (1989)

 -  Horror  -  28 April 1989 (USA)
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Detective Lucas McCarthy finally apprehends "Meat Cleaver Max" and watches the electric chair execution from the audience. But killing Max Jenke only elevated him to another level of ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
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Detective Lucas McCarthy
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Max Jenke
Rita Taggart ...
Donna McCarthy
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Bonnie McCarthy
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Scott McCarthy
Thom Bray ...
Peter Campbell
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Dr. Tower
David Oliver ...
Vinnie
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Casey
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Lt. Miller
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Warden
Alvy Moore ...
Chili Salesman
Zane W. Levitt ...
Executioner
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Little Girl
Greg Kean ...
Delivery Man
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Detective Lucas McCarthy finally apprehends "Meat Cleaver Max" and watches the electric chair execution from the audience. But killing Max Jenke only elevated him to another level of reality. Now Lucas' family is under attack, his sanity in question, and his house haunted. Aided by a disreputable college professor, can Lucas reclaim his mind, house, and family? Features Lance Henriksen as the Lucas McCarthy and Brion James as Max Jenke. One of the few movies featuring these actors as main characters. Written by Matrix <matrix@rio.com>

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They tried to electrocute "Meat Cleaver" Max. It didn't work. See more »

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Horror

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28 April 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

House III  »

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$1,738,897 (USA)
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Brion James (Max Jenke) has said in several interviews that of all the roles he's played, this is his favorite. See more »

Goofs

Steadicam reflected in the mirror when Lucas is searching his house in opening sequence. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Max Jenke: BACK THE FUCK OFF, BITCH!
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Connections

Referenced in The American Nightmare (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

The Things I Have Done To Our Love
Written by Leslie Bohem (as Les Bohem) and David Kendrick
Performed by Gleaming Spires
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17 November 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Detective Lucas McCarthy (Lance Henriksen) finally apprehends "Meat Cleaver Max" (Brion James) and watches the electric chair execution from the audience. But killing Max Jenke only elevated him to another level of reality. Now Lucas' family is under attack, his sanity in question, and his house haunted.

Inevitably, this film has to be compared to "Shocker". While this one came out first (by a few months), the plots are largely similar and I hate to say it, but "Shocker" is the better film.

Now, this film may be a bit of a stinker because of the rotation of directors and the writing crew not necessarily approving of what they created. The acting is pretty good, and this ranks among Kane Hodder's best stunt work. But the overall story is just alright and the "evil laughter" gets old after a while.

Stephen Holden of The New York Times wrote, "The Horror Show builds up a good head of suspense, then squanders it in mechanical, poorly staged splatter." Roger Ebert says that "the execution scene is actually the best one in the movie", thus somewhat agreeing with Holden that the beginning is better than anything after. (This is also a nod to Hodder, as he was the one on fire for this scene.)

There were some decent nods to other films (can anyone see the basement furnace and not think of Freddy?) but overall offered little of its own memorable moments. I mean, I liked the turkey, but come on...


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