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The Horror Show (1989)

R  |   |  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
Stephen A. Henry ...
Morgue Doctor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Meshell Dillon ...
Little Girl
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Storyline

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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28 April 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

House III  »

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$1,738,897 (USA)
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Trivia

Movie was heavily cut for R rating. Not only that some scenes were cut down but also some scenes were removed completely to avoid getting X rating by MPAA. Although there is an European version which includes some extra gore and violent scenes, full uncut version was never released. Some stills show some scenes which were deleted and not included in any version of the movie; Bonnie's birthday scene where blood spills out of her birthday cake, scene showing Bonnie's dead boyfriend being torn in half, and scene where Lucas pulls his chest open and then his heart is shown. See more »

Goofs

Lighting equipment visible on the far left side of the frame during exterior night shot of the house. See more »

Quotes

[to the various press and officials who have come to witness his execution]
Max Jenke: Glad you could make it!
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Connections

Featured in Joe Bob's Drive-In Theater: Viki Williamson Night (1995) 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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User Reviews

Interesting shocker ripoff with a great cast
7 February 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Horror Show, aka House 3, is a slasher film that deals with rubber reality. The film is VERY reminiscent of Wes Cravens Shocker. Its nice to see Lance Henrisken play the good guy for once and Brion James (tango & cash/blade runner) is great at playing the villain, Meat Clever Max. There's some cool effects and gags but it kinda drags on towards the end. This is a rare movie to find on DVD region 1....so watch it now while its on instant watch and on demand. If you like b-movies then give this flick a chance. It's somewhat forgettable but does have some decent moments. The cast is pretty awesome is you're into cult b-movies. Don't know why they marketed as house 3 though.


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