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Funhouse [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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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.
The blu ray transfer is excellent and the sound quality fine too. Perhaps a little tame for modern audiences - although there is one shockingly distasteful sequence - still Funhouse is a movie you won't easily forget. I love the reason it was banned for so many years is that the "censor" confused it with another film with a similar word in the strap-line. Such was the imbicility of the BBFC in days gone by! Now of course they pass everything with ludicrously low age ratings. Well I suppose you can't have everything.
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...
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Absolutely love this film video nasty rated at a 15 makes you laugh but a belter of a filmPublished 11 months ago by John David Kenneth cameron
From the same director of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Tobe Hooper. It's a really fun and creepy film. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Sam
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. Read morePublished 16 months ago by L.J.F.64
The funhouse by the director of texas chainsaw tobe terrific smart and creepy coolPublished 17 months ago by madlaurent
Fun movie in a sort of Stephen King movie-like tradition.
Superb quality from Arrow video!!!