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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim James ...
The Funny Man
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Callum Chance
Benny Young ...
Max Taylor
Ingrid Lacey ...
Tina Taylor
Pauline Black ...
The Psychic Commando
Matthew Devitt ...
Johnny Taylor
Chris Walker ...
The Hard Man
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Thelma Fudd
George Morton ...
The Crap Puppeteer
Jamie Heard ...
Jammie Taylor
Harry Heard ...
Harry Taylor
Bob Sessions ...
Card Player
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Card Player
John Chancer ...
Card Player
Jana Shelden ...
The Nurse (as Jana Sheldon)
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When Max Taylor wins the ancestral home of Callum Chance in a game of Poker, little does he realise that the game is far from over... One by one, Max's family are murdered by the Funny Man, a demonic jester with a varied and imaginative repertoire of homicidal techniques and an irreverent sense of humour. Meanwhile, Max's brother is on his way to the mansion with a bunch on hitchhikers who will be lucky to survive the night. Written by Paul McCluskey

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He's cheeky & he's cruel!

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Comedy | Horror

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Rated R for horror violence, language and drug content | See all certifications »

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7 October 1994 (UK)  »

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£50,000 (estimated)
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Quotes

The Hard Man: Look, alright, I think I get the point.
The Funny Man: No, but you don't, see?
The Hard Man: But I do.
The Funny Man: No, but you don't get the point.
The Hard Man: But I do.
The Funny Man: No, but you don't get THE point.
The Hard Man: Oh, but I do. I get THE point.
The Funny Man: Do you?
The Hard Man: Yeah.
The Funny Man: [relieved] Yeah?
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Crazy Credits

During the credits a song called "Funny man" is played, The Funny Man talks over the top of this song telling the audiance to sing amongst other things. After the credits finish we see Funny Man standing in a garden. He looks at the camera and says "No rest for the wicked!" he then walks off camera. See more »

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It's embarrassing ... man
24 February 2009 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

If there's one thing I've learned from reading the other reviews around here, it's definitely that "Funny Man" is the type of film that you either praise into the heavens or hate with a passion; there doesn't appear to be a middle way. Personally I'm tempted to unite with the hate crew, but that is preeminently because the fan-boys are exaggeratedly enthusiast without using real arguments. They merely just claim that "Funny Man" is awesomely hilarious; period. I even encountered some reviews where people dreadfully stated that the adversaries of this movie simply "don't get" the type of humor. See, I really hate that… What exactly is there to "get"? It's a cheesy and low-budgeted 90's horror movie about an ugly jester killing off uninteresting characters whilst firing off lousy and wannabe clever one-liners, so it's fairly safe to say there's absolutely nothing specific "to get" here. I'll be the first to admit that "Funny Man" also contains a handful of ingenious elements and mildly amusing gags. The main problem, however, are the bad ratios. For every brief flash of inventiveness, there's an intolerably large amount of tedious sequences. For every effective joke, there's literally a truckload of embarrassingly lame and painfully misplaced farces. After approximately 50 minutes of running time, you've pretty much seen and heard about as much as any normal person can take and the last half hour is practically unendurable to sit through. "Funny Man" is probably the most atypical British horror movie I've seen. Traditionally speaking, British genre movies implement a distinct and easy recognizable sense of humor, but this one is as vulgar and insipid as any random amateur US trash production. Most likely more than half of the entire budget was spent on convincing the almighty Christopher Lee to make a cameo appearance among an extended cast of untalented nobodies. Lee briefly pops up at the beginning of the film and portrays a sinister guy in a white suit who gambles his ancestral house in a game of poker and loses it to a sleazy drug-addicted record producer. The joke's on him – literally – because Christopher forgot to mention anything about the psychopathic buffoon living there. The Funny Man quickly disposes of the producer's family and eagerly awaits the next shipment of brainless victims to waste. They arrive in the form of a van filled with dimwits looking like runaways from a canceled Scooby-Doo episode. Some of the killing scenes are amusing and imaginatively repellent (like the duck hunting and puppet theater), but the majority of them are plain dull and overlong. The Jester may sound like a potentially cool new horror icon, but he's actually rather uninspired and boring. His appearance seems to be based on Jack Nicholson in "Batman" mixed with a "Killer Klown from Outer Space", with the stand-up comedian talents of Chucky the Good Guy Doll or maybe even Freddy Kruger in the later installments of "Nightmare on Elm Street". He has no bizarre background or occult myth attached to him and even the house he operates in doesn't have a morbid history. Well, there we have the problem… "Funny Man" is a movie without depth. Get that?


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