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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:
Nothing Special 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
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:
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 Gorgon Video Magazine (1989) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Things I Have Done To Our LoveSee more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Nothing Special, 17 November 2013
Author: gavin6942 from United States

Detective Lucas McCarthy (Lance Henriksen) finally apprehends "Meat Cleaver Max" (Brion James) 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.

Inevitably, this film has to be compared to "Shocker". While this one came out first (by a few months), the plots are largely similar and I hate to say it, but "Shocker" is the better film.

Now, this film may be a bit of a stinker because of the rotation of directors and the writing crew not necessarily approving of what they created. The acting is pretty good, and this ranks among Kane Hodder's best stunt work. But the overall story is just alright and the "evil laughter" gets old after a while.

Stephen Holden of The New York Times wrote, "The Horror Show builds up a good head of suspense, then squanders it in mechanical, poorly staged splatter." Roger Ebert says that "the execution scene is actually the best one in the movie", thus somewhat agreeing with Holden that the beginning is better than anything after. (This is also a nod to Hodder, as he was the one on fire for this scene.)

There were some decent nods to other films (can anyone see the basement furnace and not think of Freddy?) but overall offered little of its own memorable moments. I mean, I liked the turkey, but come on...

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