The Funhouse ()

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Four teenage friends spend the night in a carnival funhouse and are stalked by a deformed man in a Frankenstein mask.


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Amy Harper
Joey Harper
Mrs. Harper
Mr. Harper
Buzz Dawson
Liz Duncan
Richie Atterbury
David Carson ...
Bag Lady
Ralph Morino ...
Truck Driver (as Ralph Marino)
Freak Show Barker / Strip Show Barker / Funhouse Barker
Carnival Manager
Mona Agar ...
Strip Show Dancer
The Monster
Marco the Magnificent
Madame Zena
Sid Raymond ...
Strip Show MC
Larry Ross ...
Heckler - Girlie Show
Strip Show Voyeur
Frank Schuller ...
Poker Player #1
Peter Conrad ...
Midget with Tall Lady
Mildred Hughes ...
Tall Lady
Glen Lawrence ...
Garbage Collector #1
Garbage Collector #2
Mike Montalvo ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sherman 'Big Train' Bergman ...
Carnival Worker (uncredited)
Man in Tent Show (uncredited)
Carnival Strongman (uncredited)

Directed by

Tobe Hooper

Written by

Lawrence J. Block ... (written by) (as Larry Block)

Produced by

Steven Bernhardt ... producer
Mark L. Lester ... executive producer
Brad Neufeld ... associate producer
Mace Neufeld ... executive producer
Derek Power ... producer

Music by

John Beal

Cinematography by

Andrew Laszlo ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Jack Hofstra

Editorial Department

Vicki Hiatt ... post-production assistant
Robert Leader ... assistant editor
Arnold Leibovit ... assistant editor
Angelo Ross ... location editor

Casting By

Pamela Basker
Fern Champion

Production Design by

Mort Rabinowitz ... (as Morton Rabinowitz)

Art Direction by

Jose Duarte

Set Decoration by

Tom Coll

Makeup Department

Rick Baker ... special makeup design
Marlana May ... makeup artist
Donisia McGowan ... hair stylist
Craig Reardon ... special makeup execution

Production Management

Norman Cohen ... unit production manager
John Orland ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Adrienne Bourbeau ... second assistant director
Norman Cohen ... first assistant director

Art Department

Harold Collins ... construction coordinator
William Kellow ... carpenter
Nicholas J. Romanac ... property master (as Nick Romanac)
Neal Adams ... conceptual designer (uncredited)
Bill Gold ... poster designer (uncredited)

Sound Department

Jack Dalton ... sound mixer (as Jack Dalton Sr.)
Robert L. Hoyt ... re-recording mixer (as Robert Hoyt)
Dale Johnson ... sound editor
Earl Madery ... re-recording mixer
John J. Stephens ... re-recording mixer (as John Stephens)
David A. Whittaker ... sound editor (as David Whittaker)

Special Effects by

J.B. Jones ... special effects

Camera and Electrical Department

Robert Destolfe ... still photographer (as Robert De Stolfe)
Russell Engels ... gaffer (as Rusty Engles)
Ed Kammerer ... best boy (as Eddie Kammerer)
Ed Knott Jr. ... key grip (as Eddie Knott Jr.)
Walter G. Morris Jr. ... gaffer (as Walter Morris Jr.)
James Pergola ... camera operator
John Winner ... first assistant camera
Oscar Barber ... camera operator: "b" camera (uncredited) / camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Daniel Pearl ... additional photographer (uncredited)

Casting Department

Susie Feldott ... casting: Miami
Bob Gordon ... casting: Miami
Jonathan Lane ... casting: Miami (as Jonothan Lane)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Linda Benedict-Pierce ... wardrobe (as Linda Benedict)
Andre Lavery ... wardrobe
Harold Richter ... wardrobe

Music Department

Richard Bellis ... orchestrator
Michael Boddicker ... musician: synthesizer
Tom Catalano ... music supervisor
Don James ... orchestrator
Ken Johnson ... music editor
Jo Ann Kane ... music preparation
John Beal ... composer: trailer (uncredited) / conductor (uncredited) / orchestrator (uncredited)
Miles Goodman ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Daniel J. Johnson ... music editor (uncredited)
Rick Riccio ... music scoring mixer (uncredited)
John Rosenberg ... orchestra contractor (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

Susana Preston ... script supervisor

Other crew

Don Gilman ... production assistant
Melanie Grefe ... production assistant
Arnold Leibovit ... production assistant
Murray Naidich ... main title design
Roberta Rose ... production accountant
Susan Sindelar ... stand-in
Daphne Stacey ... assistant: Mr. Hooper
Jeffrey W. Stacey ... production assistant (as Jeff Stacey)
Cynthia Streit ... production coordinator
Dee Dee Winner ... production coordinator
Kathy Day ... assistant: Mr. Neufeld (uncredited)
Jonathan Lane ... assistant to director (uncredited)


Mary Lee Lander ... the producers wish to acknowledge the contributions of
Shari Lewis ... dummy courtesy of
Bob Megerle ... special thanks

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Plot Summary

The teenager Amy Harper dates Buzz Dawson for the first time and they go to the carnival with their friends Richie and Liz. They smoke grass and have good-time visiting the attractions including a side show with freak animals. The silly Richie suggests the group to spend the night in the Funhouse for fun. During the night, they witness the murder of the fortune teller Madame Zena by a man wearing a mask of Frankenstein from an opening in the ceiling of a room. They decide to leave the fun house but they find all the exits locked. Meanwhile Richie sneaks in the room and steals the money of the manager of the place. The masked man returns with his father and owner of the fun house to show the corpse of Madame Zena; when the man realizes that he had been robbed, he presses his son that removes the mask and shows his horrible face. Richie startles and drops his lighter in the room. The owner asks his freak son to chase the thieves and eyewitnesses in a night of terror for the teenagers. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Keywords
Taglines Something is alive in the funhouse...something that has the form of a human, but not the face...something that feeds off the flesh and blood of young innocents... See more »
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Funhouse: Carnival of Terror (United Kingdom)
  • Massacres dans le train fantôme (France)
  • La casa de los horrores (Spain)
  • To tunnel tou tromou (Greece)
  • Lunapark (Poland)
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  • 96 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $2,765,456, 15 Mar 1981

Did You Know?

Trivia Dean R. Koontz wrote a novelization of the screenplay under the pseudonym Owen West. The book contains a lot of backstory added by Koontz. Because of this, and the fact that the book was released before the movie due to a delay in post production, it is often mistaken that the movie is based on the book, but the book is in fact based on the movie. See more »
Goofs Despite the funhouse being a portable carnival attraction, it has a basement. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Terror in the Aisles (1984). See more »
Soundtracks Music from_Bride of Frankenstein (1935) _ See more »
Quotes Richie Atterbury: Amy'll hit it off for sure. Buzz is a terrific guy.
Liz Duncan: She's stoned. When you're stoned, Charles Manson is a terrific guy.
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