Mongoloid Carney Massacre)
Release Date: March 13, 1981.
Written by: Lawrence Block.
Directed by: Toby Hooper.
Starring: Elizabeth Berridge, Kevin Conway, and Sloth from The Goonies.
Halloween where Michael killed his sister), Amy and her friends decide to go and check out the traveling carnival that just arrived in town. Amy's father forbids it, because he knows that carnies are not to be trusted, but she sneaks off anyway, which leads to nothing good for any of them. That's what she get for not listening to her daddy.
|THAT KID NEEDS AN ASS-WHIPPING.|
|SO, DID YOU HAVE FUN AT THE CARNIVAL?|
The thing about 80's Horror, which this movie exemplifies perfectly, is that everything back then still felt fresh and new. When The Funhouse was made, Slasher flicks were just catching on with audiences at large; names like Stephen King and Clive Barker had yet to make their biggest movie splashes; they still filmed movies, even the shitty, B-grade ones, on film back then, which gave them all that gritty, filmic look; and it was easier to scare us, because we hadn't seen it all done before at that point.
This was the right movie by the right director at the right time. If The Funhouse were made today, it would look cheap and digital, and would probably pass without much fanfare.
|RUN, RABBIT, RUN!|
|"HEY YOU GUYS!"|
|COOL VISUALS THOUGH.|
|THE BLONDE SHOULD HAVE HAD A SHOWER SCENE TOO.|
The disc also boasts some fun Special Features, the best of which is the Tobe Hooper commentary. He's a lot of fun to listen to.
- Audio Commentary with Director Tobe Hooper and Moderator/Filmmaker Tim Sullivan.
- The Barker Speaks! An Interview with Actor Kevin Conway.
- Something Wicked This Way Comes: An All-New Interview with Executive Producer Mark L. Lester.
- Carnival Music: An Interview with Composer John Beal.
- Audio Interview with Actor William Finley.
- Deleted Scenes.
- TV and Radio Spots.
- Reversible Cover Art.
|SHE'LL PROBABLY NEVER GO TO A CARNIVAL AGAIN. OR A COUNTY FAIR. OR OUT IN PUBLIC.|
Overall, this Blu-ray may not be truly spectacular on the A/V front, but it's a great movie that looks and sounds excellent, and offers some solid bonus content, and it's definitely one that belongs in any Horror Collection.
The Funhouse is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD.
80's QT Elizabeth Berridge bares it all for her craft in The Funhouse.