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THE FUNHOUSE - 1 Slime
Rated R
Copyright 1981 Universal City Studios, Inc.
Reviewed by Matt Steenburg on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Amy Harper - The virgin and in turn the heroine of our story. By the end she is close to loosing her mind. But she doesn't and lives to fight another day. Just once I would like to see the virgin die.
  • Joey Harper - Stupid little kid who follows his big sister to the carnival. Absolutely no reason for being in this movie except for the fact that he trips on a couple bums and gets freaked out by the fun house multiple times
  • Mr. and Mrs. Harper - Really bad actors who just play standard parent rolls. They warn the daughter against going to the circus.
  • Buzz - Jock type that Amy is on her first date with. Stands up for his women and gets killed for it.
  • Richie - Geek type who comes up with the whole idea of staying in the fun house over night. Dies for his stupidity.
  • Liz - Richie's little girlfriend. Ends up offering herself to the monster so the monster will let her live. Which is never a good idea, even if it is a horny monster. Killed for her stupidity.
  • The Monster - Accidentally kills his hooker while the 4 teens watch and that is when the madness begins. Gets electrocuted and pulled through some gears in the end.
  • The Father - Master to the monster, a backwoods/carnival guy. He aggravates the monster to kill the teens. Gets a poll pushed through him and lives a good deal longer after that, but in the end it is hard to live with a 1 inch hole punched through your stomach.
  • Misc. Bums - Only there to be tripped over and to give warning about the wrath of God. A failed attempt at trying to give this film a moral basis.

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The Plot: 

While out on a double date at the circus one of the guys thinks it would be fun to stay all night in the funhouse at the carnival. Shortly after entering the funhouse they are witness to a creature killing one of the carnival folk who he paid for... ...uh, um pleasure. They go searching for an exit, and of course when they find it, it's locked! While Buzz is trying to bust down the door Richie goes to check if the woman is really dead. While doing so decides it's a good idea to steal the killer's money. When the father comes in and find his money gone he sics the monster onto the teens and murder ensues. One person survives this whole ordeal and, big surprise, it's Amy. The Virgin. This movie was badly lit and extremely slow. (The movie is almost an hour in before anybody dies.) All I can say is I learned a lot from this movie.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Bad acting does not double as concern.
  • 8 year olds are very proficient at sneaking from their homes.
  • Crazy preacher women hang out in bathrooms.
  • Sounds in the night are very similar to the sound of a cheap laser beam.
  • Hicks enjoy threatening children with guns
  • "Alive" never ever means alive (as in walking and breathing) at a circus.
  • Circus announcers are even more freaky when speaking in monotone.
  • Circuses come with standard games, animals freak shows, and strip clubs.
  • All circus folk drink... ...heavily.
  • Circus psychics aren't used to being heckled and get extremely pissy when they are.
  • Never trust a circus announcer, when they say "world of terror" the really mean tunnel of crap.
  • Circus grounds are the equivalent to a hotel for bums.
  • Stupid people come up with even stupider ideas.
  • Monsters pay for sex, and actually get it.
  • No matter how small a building looks on the outside it will always be 10 times that size inside.
  • Hicks always like beastiality jokes best.
  • Circus folk take an incredibly long time to think up simple plans.
  • It's not common knowledge that yelling into a fan does not work.
  • Circus folk will save a hideous freak, but beyond that have no care for human life.
  • Small carnival rides have large engine rooms.
  • Fuse boxes are left open for the convenience of anybody looking to kill.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 4 mins - This is a lame attempt at creating a reason for a nude shower scene.
  • 10 mins - These two are having a fight on their first date?
  • 14 mins - Is it just me or are there always big scary dogs behind fences at night in these movies?
  • 17 mins - She just called a guy a pistol. What kind of slang is that?
  • 18 mins - This guy just pulled a gun on a helpless kid, and I thought I was sadistic.
  • 20 mins - An animal freak show.
  • 22 mins - Am I seeing right or is that a strip club at a circus?
  • 38 mins - Funhouse props waving gang signs!
  • 40 mins - Hey, they finally entered the funhouse.
  • 58 mins - RANDOM ACT OF VIOLENCE AGAINST A SHELF!!
  • 59 mins - The monster finally unmasked. Only 36 minutes to start this story.
  • 70 mins - The first teen is killed. Wait a sec. the monster had nothing to do with that death.
  • 85 mins - Watch the monster bust through the door, looked like paper to me.
  • 91 mins - Ouch, being pulled through gears must suck.
  • 94 mins - Credits, imagine my joy.


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Re: The Funhouse
Reply #1. Posted on November 28, 2008, 04:56:37 PM by Psycho Circus
Wow! No comments for this film?  Question

I'm going to have to disagree with this review, as I thought this film was very good. It was not dimly lit at all as the reviewer claimed, even though the main focus of the film was the teens staying the "night" in a "closed" funhouse.  Lookingup Even though it does take close to an hour for the real terror and killing to begin, I felt the build up was excellent. The carnival folk, attractions and funfare in general I found to be very creepy. The monster, when finally revealed is a brilliant bit of design, with matted white hair, piercing red eyes and it possesses a horrible blood curdling shriek. Obviously this film is nowhere near the sheer, menacing class of Chainsaw Massacre, but Tobe Hooper deserves more credit for this one. A totally capable 80's slasher/monster flick, with my only gripe being the cover/artwork used, that is misleading to an extent. I've read comments on other sites people have left about this film and I know they haven't actually sat and watched this. The killer is not a clown, but a circus freak in a frankenstein mask. But again, highly recommended.  TeddyR
Re: The Funhouse
Reply #2. Posted on December 03, 2008, 05:10:03 PM by BoyScoutKevin
I saw this on television, a number of years ago. It has the distinction of one of the few films ever to make me sick at my stomach. Not a pleasant experience--that.
Re: The Funhouse
Reply #3. Posted on December 14, 2008, 08:19:19 AM by drunkenbubba
I liked this one a little better than some, even though the book was much better. Great popcorn movie.
Re: The Funhouse
Reply #4. Posted on October 25, 2009, 09:07:25 AM by austinpadet
I actually kind of like this movie. I would give it two slimes. Tobe Hooper has done a lot worse. Has Tobe ever done anything even close to The Texas Chainsaw Massacer? If you thought this was bad check out Eaten Alive Buggedout
Re: The Funhouse
Reply #5. Posted on October 26, 2009, 11:14:12 AM by justin
I think this is 1 of Tobe's best movies (& there isn't that many, in my opinion).

It has great movie posters too.
Re: The Funhouse
Reply #6. Posted on July 26, 2011, 12:39:09 AM by DamnTheCowboys
The first time I saw this film I didn't think it was that great but tonight I really got into it and really enjoyed the carnival even before things got out of control.  Disappointing that they didn't use more gags with mirrors and some of the other stuff in the funhouse during the tense parts, but still, this was a good movie and I am glad that everyone died except the virgin.   Great ending as she is stumbling around outside and was the only one to live through the experience.  This is a horror film; it's susposed to leave you wondering how she will make it through life after that terrifying ordeal, as opposed to some horror movies in the later 1980s that ended with hugs.
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