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This review is from: Funhouse [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)i think tobe hooper's chainsaw massacre is overrated. i think his recent output has been awful at best. this little gem from 1981 took me by surprise, not just for its minimum bloodletting but because i'd never heard of it. its good - its better than good. it has a genuine sense of dread and a fear and paradoxically, an understanding of human vulnerability and mutation.
like chainsaw massacre, this challenges our perception of physical appearance and those who live outside the perceived 'norm'.
this also manages to be terrific excercise in suspense and homage (referencing among other things, todd brown's freaks and hitchcocks psycho). it works as a straight ahead horror and also as social commentary in a way that the best horror movies do.
why have you never heard of it? you tell me...
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Initial post: 20 Jul 2011 02:18:13 BDT
There's a very good reason why many have never heard of it, because the media chose to promote only those films that are going to make a fortune and they cast aside the little gems, so no one hears about them. I for one say to hell with the media and look for the rarer stuff, cos it tends to be better. Just one question, is this the movie from which the Dean Koontz novelization of the same name was taken?
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Dec 2011 22:54:12 GMT
Nelson Viper says:
Yes Dean Koontz did the novelization. I've got a copy somewhere. He fleshed the story out, but didn't capture the weirdness of the film and is very sniffy about it.
Posted on 30 Jan 2012 17:27:47 GMT
Last edited by the author on 30 Jan 2012 17:28:02 GMT
I can only surmise you're a young whippersnapper as this film IS quite famous...to my generation.
It was seized as one of the original UK 'Video Nasties' in a case of mistaken identity; the film that should have been seized was also called 'The Funhouse' AKA 'Last House on Dead End Street'.
Collectors of Video Nasties often buy this just to be a completist.
In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jan 2012 19:51:25 GMT
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Nelson Viper says:
I'm never entirely certain that the Funhouse was banned by mistake. I've always suspected it because of the TCM connection. The freak show element of the real hair lipped and two-headed cows may have mad them twitchy back then too.
In reply to an earlier post on 1 Feb 2012 10:22:57 GMT
Hooper's 'Funhouse' had already played (uncut) in UK Cinema's.
When it was re-presented for proper certification the BBFC passed it with no cuts; every other film 'properly' banned HAD to have mandatory cuts ranging from two seconds to twelve minutes (Last House), just to prove the BBFC were right!
Also, it was the only film on the 'Nasties' list from a major studio, which should have set off alarm bells.
Posted on 9 Jul 2012 11:00:28 BDT
could you tell me if I could select "FRENCH" as spoken language (or as subtitles) on theses dvd, please ?
In reply to an earlier post on 22 Oct 2012 13:03:40 BDT
Mr. W. J. Robbins says:
Wasn't "Dead and Buried" a big budget film from a major studio?
In reply to an earlier post on 10 Feb 2013 00:19:52 GMT
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Coastin Bear says:
Dean Koontz wrote the novel of the film under the pseudonym Owen West - I read it years before I finally got to see the film (as a double bill with My Bloody Valentine). I actually preferred the book's version - there were a few more murders and we learned how the barker running the Funhouse used to dispose of the corpses that Gunther had a habit of generating. Very enjoyable film, of course!
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