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The Horror Show (1989)

R | | Horror | 28 April 1989 (USA)
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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Credited cast:
Detective Lucas McCarthy
Max Jenke
Donna McCarthy
Bonnie McCarthy
Scott McCarthy
Thom Bray ...
Peter Campbell
Dr. Tower
David Oliver ...
Lt. Miller
Alvy Moore ...
Chili Salesman
Zane W. Levitt ...
Stephen A. Henry ...
Morgue Doctor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Meshell Dillon ...
Little Girl


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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$1,738,897 (USA)

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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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