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Director:
Writers:
Alan Smithee (written by) (really Allyn Warner) &
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Release Date:
28 April 1989 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Go to Hell. See more »
Plot:
Detective Lucas McCarthy finally apprehends "Meat Cleaver Max" and watches the electric chair execution from the audience... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
The 'house' takes a back-step. See more (39 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Lance Henriksen ... Detective Lucas McCarthy

Brion James ... Max Jenke
Rita Taggart ... Donna McCarthy

Dedee Pfeiffer ... Bonnie McCarthy

Aron Eisenberg ... Scott McCarthy
Thom Bray ... Peter Campbell

Matt Clark ... Dr. Tower
David Oliver ... Vinnie

Terry Alexander ... Casey

Lewis Arquette ... Lt. Miller

Lawrence Tierney ... Warden
Alvy Moore ... Chili Salesman
Zane W. Levitt ... Executioner
Stephen A. Henry ... Morgue Doctor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Meshell Dillon ... Little Girl
Greg Kean ... Delivery Man
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Directed by
James Isaac 
David Blyth (fired) (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Alan Smithee (written by) really Allyn Warner &
Allyn Warner (written by) (as Alan Smithee) and
Leslie Bohem (written by)

Produced by
Sean S. Cunningham .... producer
 
Original Music by
Harry Manfredini 
 
Cinematography by
Mac Ahlberg 
 
Film Editing by
Edward Anton 
 
Makeup Department
Gandhi Bob Arrollo .... key makeup artist
David P. Barton .... special makeup effects crew: Kurtzman, Nicotero & Berger Effects Group
Jilliane Bennett .... assistant makeup artist
Howard Berger .... special makeup effects artist: Kurtzman, Nicotero & Berger Effects Group
Mecki Heussen .... special makeup effects crew: Kurtzman, Nicotero & Berger Effects Group
Robert Kurtzman .... special makeup effects artist: Kurtzman, Nicotero & Berger Effects Group
Greg Nicotero .... special makeup effects artist: Kurtzman, Nicotero & Berger Effects Group (as Gregory Nicotero)
Chris O'Flaherty .... special makeup effects crew: Kurtzman, Nicotero & Berger Effects Group
Sean Rodgers .... special makeup effects crew: Kurtzman, Nicotero & Berger Effects Group
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John R. Woodward .... first assistant director: reshoots
 
Art Department
Doug Lefler .... storyboard artist
 
Sound Department
Blair Scheller .... boom operator
Phillip Seretti .... post-production sound supervisor
Phillip Seretti .... sound re-recording mixer
Janja Vujovich .... post-production sound supervisor
 
Special Effects by
Howard Berger .... special effects
Kit Cathcary .... special effects apprentice
Keith Claridge .... special effects technician
Ken Ebert .... special effects technician
Robert Kurtzman .... special effects
Greg Nicotero .... special effects (as Gregory Nicotero)
Doyle Smiley .... special effects technician
F. Lee Stone .... electronics specialist
Richard Stutsman .... floor effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Kane Hodder .... stunt coordinator
Kane Hodder .... stunts
Michelle Linenberger .... stunts
Alan Marcus .... stunts
John Nowak .... stunts
Paul E. Short .... stunts
Patrick J. Statham .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Rick Kelley .... electrician
Tony Varuola .... best boy electric
 
Transportation Department
Richard Rollison .... transportation coordinator
 

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Runtime:
95 min
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Certification:
Australia:R (Banned in Queensland) | Finland:K-18 | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM14 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:15 (DVD) (2004) | UK:18 | USA:R (certificate #29613) | West Germany:18 (cut version)

Did You Know?

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) (V)See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: Steadicam reflected in the mirror when Lucas is searching his house in opening sequence.See more »
Quotes:
Max Jenke:[in a squeaky voice] Don't look now, but your family's dead... just kidding.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Rewind This! (2013)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Things I Have Done To Our LoveSee more »

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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
The 'house' takes a back-step., 14 July 2009
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

Just like the first sequel, this second sequel (which used the title 'The Horror Show') would have no relationship with its predecessors and would loose the loony tone of those early films and play it dead-straight as mainly an low-budget unpleasant shocker that doesn't beat around bush. The only inclusion of humor was the dark tongue-in-cheek remarks coming from Brion James's juicily manic (very maniac) villain. James was strangely convincing, despite his hammy attitude (and that snickering laugh!) he manages to remain undeniably threatening. Across from him was a more than focused and stalwart Lance Henriksen as the burned out cop who comes up against James before… and after death. So much commitment from Henriksen, which felt too good for the film. There was so much there to draw upon with the complexities of two main characters, but in the end in barely scrapes the surface and chooses its path promptly. Trashy cheese. The story is the weak point of the production, as James Isaac's acute direction is surefooted, the FX is imaginatively staged, Harry Manfredini's pulsating score holds well and the camera atmospherically shines in passages.

The material is muddled, contrived and becomes ridiculously overwrought. It seems to move too quickly than building upon the many details. Wait for the ending… what was that about?! For some reason as it goes along it loses the hauntingly collapsing momentum it bestowed earlier, but the rapid pace, vicious kick and surreal imagery (and there's plenty of those sequences that are very well executed) don't take a back seat at all. Plus I didn't find it all that predictable. I just wished it kept the bleak and nightmarish tone throughout, that there wasn't going to be a happy ending after all, but the angle we end up with does loosen the impact. The idea is very similar to Wes Craven's "Shocker', which came out the same year.

Rounding off the rest of the performances is the fetching actress Deedee Pfeiffer, a willful Rita Taggart and a colorful Aron Eisenberg. Some other well known faces showing up in minor parts are Lawrence Tierney, Lewis Arquette and Matt Clark.

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