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Funny Man (1994)

After winning a English stately house in a game of poker, a record producer finds it to be haunted by a demonic jester intent on murdering his family.

Director:

Simon Sprackling
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim James ... The Funny Man
Christopher Lee ... Callum Chance
Benny Young Benny Young ... Max Taylor
Ingrid Lacey ... Tina Taylor
Pauline Black ... The Psychic Commando
Matthew Devitt Matthew Devitt ... Johnny Taylor
Chris Walker Chris Walker ... The Hard Man
Rhona Cameron ... Thelma Fudd
George Morton George Morton ... The Crap Puppeteer
Jamie Heard Jamie Heard ... Jammie Taylor
Harry Heard Harry Heard ... Harry Taylor
Bob Sessions Bob Sessions ... Card Player
Ed Bishop ... Card Player
John Chancer John Chancer ... Card Player
Jana Shelden Jana Shelden ... The Nurse (as Jana Sheldon)
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

He's cheeky & he's cruel!

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?

Trivia

According to Simon Sprackling's production notes, he and other crew members were repeatedly under drug influence. See more »

Quotes

Callum Chance: You're a funny man Mr. Taylor... but I've met funnier.
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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 audience 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 »

Alternate Versions

Uncut version is longer than the U.S. "R" rated version and contains extra scenes and gore (including a scene in which the Funnyman literally shoots a girls brains out of her head with her eyeballs still attached). See more »

Connections

References Scooby Doo, Where Are You! (1969) See more »

User Reviews

 
Gory Jester Man
7 February 2011 | by Vomitron_GSee all my reviews

"Funny Man" is most likely an abhorrent oddity to the more serious & 'intelligent' horror fan amongst the audience and pretty much a fun ride to those who enjoy a loose horror cannon with blood fodder every now and then. It's like Ken Russell's "Gothic" meets "Spookies" on acid without the monsters but with gore and a villain that's a cross between Leprechaun or Rumpelstiltskin (just pick your favorite ) and Freddy Krueger. Virtually no plot, but rather a rigging together of insane gags, with a few effectively gory bits thrown in the mix that would have been very suitable in early Peter Jackson/Sam Raimi movies. So, you may take that as a compliment. Obviously, the absurd - and often pretty dumb - humor is something you'll have to tolerate. Either you fly with it, or you'll get annoyed by it. Christopher Lee makes a cameo appearance that feels much like just a narrator's part in the wraparound story of some B-horror anthology film. And as nothing more than a cameo, his contribution oddly enough works like a silly charm, almost. Because, well, "Funny Man" is a British nonsensical B-horror flick made with enthusiasm, a fair amount of creativity and perfectly acceptable little rippings-off left & right. It's all not to be taken seriously at all. If you do, you're on the wrong track.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 1994 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Funnyman See more »

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Budget:

GBP50,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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