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The Horror Show (1989)

R | | Horror | 28 April 1989 (USA)
Detective Lucas McCarthy finally apprehends "Meat Cleaver Max" and watches the electric chair execution from the audience. But killing Max Jenke only elevated him to another level of ... See full summary »

Directors:

James Isaac, David Blyth (uncredited)

Writers:

Allyn Warner (as Alan Smithee), Leslie Bohem
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Cast

Credited cast:
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 Zane W. Levitt ... Executioner
Stephen A. Henry Stephen A. Henry ... Morgue Doctor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Meshell Dillon ... Little Girl
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Storyline

Detective Lucas McCarthy finally apprehends "Meat Cleaver Max" 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. Aided by a disreputable college professor, can Lucas reclaim his mind, house, and family? Features Lance Henriksen as Lucas McCarthy and Brion James as Max Jenke. One of the few movies featuring these actors as main characters. Written by Matrix <matrix@rio.com>

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Taglines:

You'd rather be on Elm St. See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 April 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

House III See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$773,348, 30 April 1989, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,738,897
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Sean S. Cunningham Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Part of a cycle of horror films about murderers coming back from the dead after execution in the electric chair. Prison (1987), Destroyer (1988), and Shocker (1989) were also included in this trend. See more »

Goofs

Lighting equipment visible on the far left side of the frame during exterior night shot of the house. See more »

Quotes

Max Jenke: [on being electrocuted] All that did was give me a hard on!
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Alternate Versions

The U.S print was cut to receive an R-rating with edits to shots of severed legs in a meat grinder, Max's electrocution scene, the staircase fight and some bloody shootings. The UK Anchor Bay DVD (in the "House Collection" box set) featured the cut print though earlier UK video releases plus the Hollywood DVD budget release all feature the full unrated print. See more »

Connections

Featured in Slaughter, Inc. (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

The Things I Have Done To Our Love
Written by Leslie Bohem (as Les Bohem) and David Kendrick
Performed by Gleaming Spires
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User Reviews

 
Lance Henriksen & Brion James are the only reason to watch .....
26 January 2012 | by merklekranzSee all my reviews

When one of the writers is named "Alan Smithee", it is usually not a good sign, and it's easy to see why one of the original writers pulled his name off of this. Other than the presence of Lance Henriksen and Brion James, the movie is boring and makes no sense. Watching James turn into a human barbecue, and then return from the dead to torment Henriksen, is not exactly Oscar material. In addition, the teenage siblings are both annoying and stereotyped. Countless trips to the basement simply to build tension along with numerous jump scares, does not a movie make. So what you get is a strong opening, followed by a script that really goes nowhere. If you don't believe me, just ask Mr. Smithee". - MERK


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