Every now and then, you come across a horror movie where afterwards you are grinning ear to ear from the experiences. Tobe Hooper’s The Funhouse is an example of one of those movies.
The plot sees four teenagers who decide to visit the local carnival and as a dare, decide to stay in the funhouse. They then find themselves trapped being stalked by a killer from their worst nightmares.
Right from the get-go, this movie is going to grab you, with the first scene depicting masks and horror movie props before going to a scene that pays a tribute to the shower scene from Psycho.
We then going to scenes of the people enjoying the carnival, seeing the different rides and exhibits such as fortune tellers and peep shows. To really add into experience, we then get scenes when they go through the funhouse seeing all the different props and designs.
Then we get to the real meat where the killer shows up, and the design on him was very monstrous indeed. The kills were pretty brutal, and the final scene was a nail biter.
Just all around, this was a very enjoyable horror movie and it still holds up today. There was a novelization written by Dean Koontz that gives backstory and expands on the events of the movie. The Funhouse is currently streaming on Peacock, so if you wanting to scratch that horror movie itch during the Halloween season, this is the perfect moment to do so.
Till next time, stay scared!
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