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A Tobe Hooper Classic,
This review is from: The Funhouse [Blu-ray] (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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Initial post: 25 Jul 2011 23:54:13 BDT
Nicholas Hill says:
I suppose it's a little too much to expect him to top 'Texas Chainsaw...' That's a hard, if not impossible, act to follow. 'The Funhouse' is certainly halfway there. Don't write him off completely though. The recent re-make of 'The Toolbox Murders' was something of a return to form and I really gave 'Mortuary' the benefit of the doubt. I think there's still life in the old dog yet.
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