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Release Date:
28 April 1989 (USA) See more »
Go to Hell. See more »
Detective Lucas McCarthy finally apprehends "Meat Cleaver Max" and watches the electric chair execution from the audience... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (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

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
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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95 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
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?

Brion James (Max Jenke) has said in several interviews that of all the roles he's played, this is his favorite.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: Steadicam reflected in the mirror when Lucas is searching his house in opening sequence.See more »
[Max stares directly at Lucas as he is being strapped into the electric chair]
Max Jenke:Glad you could make it, cop.
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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
....and you thought you had furnace problems???, 3 March 2013
Author: tdrish from United States

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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