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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 »
Genre:
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:
Ding, dong, you're dead... from swearing and cursing. See more (40 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

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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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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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:
Brion James (Max Jenke) has said in several interviews that of all the roles he's played, this is his favorite.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 Resident Alien (1990)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Things I Have Done To Our LoveSee more »

FAQ

What are the differences between the R-Rated cut and the uncut version of the movie?
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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Ding, dong, you're dead... from swearing and cursing., 16 November 2004
Author: questclub from Riga, Latvia

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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