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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
Stephen A. Henry ...
Morgue Doctor
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Meshell Dillon ...
Little Girl
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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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28 April 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

House III  »

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$1,738,897 (USA)
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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

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

Quotes

Max Jenke: [on being electrocuted] All that did was give me a hard on!
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Follows House (1986) See more »

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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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....and you thought you had furnace problems???
3 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Wes Craven : A Nightmare On Elm Street. Sean S. Cunningham: Friday the 13th. Wes Craven ( 1989 ) Shocker : About a guy who gets electrocuted in the electric chair, and continues to wreak havoc afterward as a supernatural force. Sean S. Cunningham ( 1989 ) The Horror Show: About a guy who gets electrocuted in the electric chair, and continues to wreak havoc afterward as a supernatural force. Is it fair to assume that these two horror giants were after the same film idea, the same year? Really? So why is The Horror Show dubbed House 3? It's certainly the black sheep of the House franchise. Much more violent, less humorous then the other House films, and a ton of cussing with some very angry characters. So, what does The Horror Show have to offer? First of all, don't underestimate Sean S. Cunningham, he is a very good director. Unlike Craven, who seems to favor special effects over violence, Cunningham seems to favor the violence over the special effects. That's not to say that The Horror Show doesn't have special effects. Believe me, it does have a few surprises in store for you. It has a few funny scenes, one of them is the wisecrack that Max Jenke delivers after he's been electrocuted : "Well, all that did was give me a b***r ". It is a silly and freaky movie at the same retrospect. Detective Lucas McCarthy is responsible for bringing some justice to the community, by catching the infamous Meat Cleaver Max. If you want to know how he got his name, well, the name says it all. He has a meat cleaver, a very big cleaver, and he's not shy about using it. He is a ruthless killer with a Skeletor laugh. The reckoning day has finally come for Max, when it's time to strap him down and fry him. Now Lucas can move on with his life, right? WRONG! Max's evil spirit has found a new home, Lucas home. His furnace, to be exact. And you thought you had furnace problems? Now, the killer is wreaking havoc on his life. Max is not interested in killing Lucas, he instead seems to have a plan on destroying Detective Lucas by messing with his mind, body, and family. He begins to have vivid hallucinations, including seeing Max himself at times. So, how do you stop something that is already dead? A source that deals with paranormal activity shows up in the picture, and seems to want to help Lucas in putting and end to Max once and for all, but Lucas doesn't believe what is going on is anything supernatural. The longer his disbelief lingers, the more his life goes to hell: Meat Cleaver Max is out for more then blood, he wants Lucas to repay with his own life by destroying it. It starts to affect his job, and in the end, it's going to come down to Lucas to just listen, once and for all, on how to end the insanity that Max has introduced to his life. The Horror Show isn't a complete bust, but it is one crazy movie. It is dark, silly, and scary, which is probably what Cunningham intended.


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