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The Funhouse [Blu-ray] [1981]

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  • Actors: Elizabeth Berridge, Shawn Carlson, Cooper Huckabee, Largo Woodruff, Miles Chapin
  • Directors: Tobe Hooper
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Arrow Films
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Nov. 2012
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00A695VVI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,613 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Something is alive in The Funhouse!

The carnival is a place for fun and laughter, but not for Amy and her friends. When their childish dare to stay all night in the spooky funhouse backfires, it leaves a trail of dismembered teenagers a mile long in Tobe Hooper s classic video nasty era slasher.

Will anyone escape the clutches of the stumbling madman that stalks to sideshow? Is there no end to the carnival barkers chilling sadism? The only way to find out is ascend into the funhouse, where the games have no rules and the only prize on offer is a grisly demise.

Join us in The Funhouse. So much fun that you ll never leave...Alive!

Special Features:

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  • Stunning High Definition transfer of the film from Universal Pictures (1080p)
  • Audio commentary with The Funhouse S/FX wizard Craig Reardon and Jeffrey Reddick (creator of The Final Destination series)
  • Audio commentary with producer Derek Power and genre scholar Howard S. Berger
  • Audio commentary with Justin Kerswell, author of Teenage Wasteland and host of the slasher cinema website Hysteria Lives, and author Calum Waddell
  • Stuck in the Funhouse with director Tobe Hooper
  • Carnage at the Carnival: Tobe Hooper Remembers The Funhouse
  • Miles of Mayhem: Acting in Tobe s Funhouse with star Miles Chapin
  • A Trilogy of Terror: The Make-up Madness of Craig Reardon, the S/FX wizard recollects his collaborations with Tobe Hooper; Eaten Alive , Poltergeist and The Funhouse
  • Master Class of Horror: Mick Garris, the director of Sleepwalkers and The Shining reflects on the crimson-covered career of his longtime colleague Tobe Hooper
  • Live Q&A with Tobe Hooper from San Francisco
  • Never before seen behind the scenes photographs from the collection of Craig Reardon
  • Reversible sleeve with original and newly commissioned artwork by Rick Melton
  • Collector s booklet featuring brand new writing on the film by critic and author Kim Newman.


    Review

    The Guardian

    Best label 2011

    Arrow

    "It's often the smaller-funded labels that do the best work. Arrow has released marvellous discs of many of cinema's classics, such as Bicycle Thieves, Rififi and Les Diaboliques, but it's for their horror releases that they truly excel. The more respectable directors like George A Romero and Dario Argento get their due here, but Arrow also pull out all the stops for such (unfairly) lesser regarded Gore-teurs as Lucio Fulci and Frank Henenlotter. Blu-rays of Fulci classics The Beyond and City Of The Living Dead show that the films are far more atmospheric and better made than they ever appeared before, and for Henenlotter (with the imminent Frankenhooker disc) you get extensive extras that cover the rarely examined scene of low-budget New York film-makers and the lost grindhouses of Times Square and 42nd Street."

    --The Guardian

    Customer Reviews

    3.9 out of 5 stars

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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Puzzle box on 26 May 2013
    Format: Blu-ray
    The Funhouse is a great, suspense-filled horror film that's far more intelligent than most of its type, especially compared to most of the "splatter" films of the era, and although the film does take a while to get going, the storyline is a gripping one which builds tremendous tension right up to its claustrophobic climax. Hooper gives us an atmosphere of dread, much like he did with the original Texas Chainsaw'. The carnival becomes an underworld of fear and darkness in the skilled hands of Hooper with some colorful set pieces. Not to mention the music score which is wonderfully moody and dramatic.

    The cast is great as well. The beautiful Elizabeth Berridge makes a great screen debut. Cooper Huckabee is also good as Berridge's date. Kevin Conway however is the best of the cast, in his sinister performance as he plays a trio of carnival barkers. Kudos also go to makeup artist Rick Baker for one memorable creation! The story moves around a group of teenagers who decide to break into a carnival funhouse and spend the night there for a bit of fun. Soon they're stalked by a ghastly freak from the carnival. The Funhouse is no Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) or even Poltergeist, but Tobe Hooper really creates some thrills and a good deal of suspense.

    Thankfully, Shout Factory's edition of The Funhouse is a bit more satisfying on the supplemental front than their simultaneous Terror Train release, with a commentary track with director Tobe Hooper as `moderated' by director Tim Sullivan. It's a pretty good discussion that covers a lot of material in a light-hearted and engaging way. Then we get a couple of featurettes: a chat with Kevin Conway, who reflects on the shooting experience. Then there's a talk with executive producer Mark L. Lester who contributes his own memories.
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ANDREW on 9 Oct. 2013
    Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
    wanted this for a long time well worth the wait,bought this on dvd years ago,had it on video in the 90's and yes saw this on the cinema as a double bill[remember them]with '' my bloody valentine '' in 1981. on bluray the quality is so good it looks like a new movie. this is one of tobe hoopers finest works,everything from the creepy music,the story and forgetting the creature in it looks even more scary than it did. kevin conaway plays several related characters in the carnival that he sticks in your head long after seeing the movie. if you not seen this movie do not expect gore on top of gore,it is just great fun to see how they used to make these movies in the late seventies and eary eighties. this came out around the time friday the 13th,the howling, an american werewolf in london,the fog,the shining,halloween,happy birthday to me and visiting hours all of these movies classics
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Crossman on 26 Oct. 2012
    Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
    The movie itself is a pretty good representation of early 80's horror. Standard fair with a little more flair than some of it's counterparts of this time.
    Tobe Hooper's first film with a major studio and the restrictions are fairly obvious. However it is a fun horror movie.
    Arrow's presentation is superb. It looks like they have used the same HD print that Shout have in the US but this disc from Arrow has far more extras.
    As usual Arrow have also provided us with 4 reversible sleeves for the cover, a slip case, a small booklet written by Kim Newman and a double sided poster which is ideal for framing and putting on the wall of your crypt or tomb.
    I got this from Amazon for £6 which is, to me, a huge bargain.
    At this price it is to be highly recommended.
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    10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By S. C. Rocha on 20 July 2011
    Format: Blu-ray
    Tobe Hooper made this film after the success of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974). After an aborted project (Eaten Alive, 1977) and a telefilm (Salem's Lot, 1981). The film shows a sure directorial skill that would fade little by little after his Lifeforce (1985). The film revolves around a group of teenagers who decides to spend the night inside a dark ride (The Funhouse) and witness a murder between two members of the circus. After this they are hunted by the by the deformed killer and his father and... well, the rest is the usual nerve wrecking scenes. This film had a huge mark on me when I watched it in television in my infancy, I remembered it for long time and unfortunately it was rare to show on TV and since I didn't had a VCR I couldn't watch it anywhere, when I got older I imported it on DVD, which is the copy I own. After a gap of some 15 years, the film still has the sinister mood of my recollection. It is sad that Hooper career followed a downward spiral, none of his films has the force of TTCM, though he came close in Funhouse and with Poltergeist (1982).
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L.J.F.64 on 17 Mar. 2015
    Format: DVD
    Four teenagers agree to spend the night in a funhouse only then to see a deformed man kill someone and then run in terror when he sets his sights on them.

    The Funhouse is a fairy decent if unspectacular slasher from Tobe Hooper. The film starts by paying homage to 2 horror classics Psycho & Halloween in really the films only "fake" shock sequence, we are then introduced to a very annoying young boy who pops up throughout adding nothing to the plot although there are a couple of good shock scenes. That is something this movie does do well, there is a good amount of suspense and some quite decent shock sequences, director Hooper does very well in building up the tension and the killings are effective as is the climax. Acting wise the film is possibly one of the better early 80's slashers, although the monster/killer is a little to enthusiastic and over the top at the very end. The main issue with the picture is that it takes an age to get moving, the first half of the film is really just a long build up to the 4 of them going into the funhouse itself, there are no deaths and in truth not a lot happens apart from the opening "fake" scene. The second half has pace, is quite scary at times and is actually quite good but for some it will come to late and will have switched off.

    Astonishingly this non gory big studio horror production was placed onto the video nasty list here in the UK, some speculate that it got mixed up with another film The Last House On Dead End Street which had an alternate title of Fun House here in the UK and had a very limited un branded video release around the same time.
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