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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
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

This film is actually unrelated to the House (1986) film series. The producers renamed this film "House 3 (1989)" for the non-US market. Because of the existence of this title, the owners of the "House" series had to rename their third film House IV (1992) 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

References Shocker (1989) 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

Ding, dong, you're dead... from swearing and cursing.
16 November 2004 | by (Riga, Latvia) – See all my reviews

And once again I'll promote the first (and the very best) House: Ding, Ding. You're Dead. Go, see my review on it.

So, The Horror Show, as many call it, is different from other three House creations. Some even claim, that initially it wasn't created as a part of the whole series. And I might as well agree with them.

First of all, I need to warn you. The Horror Show characters use an unrealistic amount of swearwords. They swear and curse on every single occasion. So the movie resembles a mess of dirty dialogue, soft but scary horror and some grotesque humour - quite well put together.

The main characters - a good guy - cop Luke - and a bad guy - serial killer Jenke. This Jenke gets electrocuted and his bloodthirsty spirit travels to an oven in the basement of Luke's house. And here we go.

The movie's intense. It doesn't let you go till the very end. It would have been a classic if not for unnecessary swearing, horrible acting and lack of chop-chop violence.

Overall, this is not a bad movie. It doesn't have the charm of the first episode, but it is not as hopeless as the other two episodes. So, if you need a midnight movie, then this mild snack might be for you.


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