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Four teenagers, Amy Harper, Buzz Klemmet, Richie Atterbury and Liz Duncan, travel to the carnival which has just come to town, for some fun. As the night begins to come to an end, Liz suggests they stay the night in the fun house. They all agree and decide to take the last ride before the attraction shuts down. As they stay in the fun house, the four witness and horrific murder against a psychic reader by a very big man in a Frankenstein mask, also Richie takes some of the money earned by the man who runs the fun house. The owner is furious about the missing money and sends his son, Gunther, who killed the reader, to take care of the thieves. Now the four are locked in the fun house, being stalked and killed one by one.
Something is alive in the funhouse...something that, tonight, will turn the funhouse into a carnival of terror!
Title: Funhouse, The
Release Date: March 13, 1981
Runtime: 96 mins
All Genres: Horror, Thriller
IMDB Rating: 5.7
Buried.com Rating: 6.7 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With F
MPAA Rating: R
Elizabeth Berridge ...Amy Harper
Shawn Carson ...Joey Harper
Jeanne Austin ...Mrs. Harper
Jack McDermott ...Mr. Harper
Cooper Huckabee ...Buzz Dawson
Largo Woodruff ...Liz
Miles Chapin ...Richie
David Carson ...Geek (as D. Lee Carson)
Sonia Zomina ...Bag Lady
Ralph Morino ...Truck Driver
Kevin Conway ...Funhouse / Freakshow / Stripshow Barkers
Herb Robins ...Carnival Manager
Mona Agar ...Mona - a strip show dancer
Wayne Doba ...The Monster
William Finley ...Marco the Magnificent
Susie Malnik ...Carmella
Sylvia Miles ...Madame Zena
Sid Raymond ...Stripshow MC
Larry Ross ...Girly Show Heckler
Frank Grimes ...Strip Show Voyeur
Frank Schuller ...Poker Player #1
Peter Conrad ...Midget with Lady
Mildred Hughes ...Tall Lady
Glen Lawrence ...Spectator
Shawn McAllister ...Garbage Collector
Sandy Mielke ...Garbage Collector
Mike Montalvo ...Spectator
Allison Caine ...Additional Voices (voice)
Sherman 'Big Train' Bergman ...Carnival worker
Raymond Forchion ...Man in Tent Show
Mark L. Lester
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More Movie Taglines:
- Something is alive in the funhouse...something that, tonight, will turn the funhouse into a carnival of terror!
- 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...
- Pay to get in. PRAY to get out.
- Something is alive in the funhouse!
- From The Director Who Brought You The "Texas Chain Saw Massacre"
- Funhouse: [discovers that the Monster - who also turns out to be his son - has killed Madame Zena after paying her for sex... because she wouldn't give him a refund] You paid Madame Zena a hundred dollars for this? You crazy fool, I could have gotten you one of them tent-girls for fifteen! Well, you never were much for knowing the value of cash, were you?
Funhouse: [to the freak] Hit yerself, you ugly thing!
Funhouse: ...Who will dare to face the challenge of the Funhouse? Who is mad enough to enter that world of darkness? How about you, sir...?
Mrs. Harper: I don't see why you wanna waste your time with a guy who works in a filling station. Amy Harper: It's a first date, Mama. We're not getting married.
Amy Harper: Listen, how would you like to go to the movies instead of the carnival? Buzz Klemmet: The movies? What for? Amy Harper: It's the same carnival that went through Fairfield County, where they had all that trouble. Buzz Klemmet: Terrific. Maybe we'll get a little action. Come on. You're not afraid to go, are you? Amy Harper: No, I just don't feel like it. Besides, I promised my father we were going to the movies. Buzz Klemmet: Forget about your old man. He's trying to bum your evening. Amy Harper: How can you say that? You don't even know my father. Buzz Klemmet: Hey, loosen up, will ya?
- The opening sequence is an homage to both Psycho (1960) and Halloween (1978).
Steven Spielberg asked Tobe Hooper to direct E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) but he turned it down because he was busy on this movie. However Hooper and Spielberg would work together on Poltergeist (1982).
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.
The title for the film's French release is 'Massacres dans le train fantôme', meaning 'Massacres on the Ghost Train'.
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