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

Directed by

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Tobe Hooper

Written by

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

Produced by

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

Music by

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John Beal

Cinematography by

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Andrew Laszlo ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Jack Hofstra

Editorial Department

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

Casting By

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Pamela Basker
Fern Champion

Production Design by

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Mort Rabinowitz ... (as Morton Rabinowitz)

Art Direction by

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Jose Duarte

Set Decoration by

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Tom Coll

Makeup Department

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

Production Management

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

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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

Art Department

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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

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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

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J.B. Jones ... special effects

Camera and Electrical Department

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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

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

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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

Music Department

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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)

Other crew

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Don Gilman ... production assistant
Melanie Grefe ... production assistant
Arnold Leibovit ... production assistant
Murray Naidich ... main title design
Susana Preston ... script supervisor
Roberta Rose ... production accountant
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)

Thanks

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

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Storyline

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

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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 Funhouse: I've been expecting you.
Amy Harper: Why are you doing this? Why are you trying to kill us?
Funhouse: I'm just protecting my family.
Amy Harper: Your family? But that guy... He's not even human.
Funhouse: The Lord works in mysterious ways, little lady. He ain't such a bad fella. My son does get himself in all sorts of trouble, though, don't he? Anyway, blood is thicker than water. I'm sure he's gonna be a real comfort to me in my old age. Now, how many people know you're here?
Amy Harper: [lying] Lots. Our parents... they all know.
Funhouse: [scoffs] Well, no matter. We'll be pullin' outta here tomorrow mornin'. There's plenty other carnivals.
Buzz Klemmet: What'd you do with Liz? The other girl?
Funhouse: Oh, I expect by now he's just finishin' up with her. We'll just wait here till he gets back.
Amy Harper: [CUTTING-ROOM FLOOR-LINE: Amy steps forward, in tears] Listen, we're sorry we took the money. We don't care about the money; we just want to get out of here! *Please, just let us go.*
[Richie's corpse appears]
Funhouse: Oh, my, my! That IS a gruesome sight.
[Buzz attacks the Funhous Barker for his gun, which goes off and kills the Barker; then the Monster appears and attacks Buzz for the gun, which goes off again and kills Buzz]
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