Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The Funhouse

 Released Year: 1981
Directed by Tobe Hooper

Casted by:
Elizabeth Berridge as Amy Harper
Cooper Huckabee as Buzz
Largo Woodruff as Liz
Miles Chapin as Richie
Kevin Conway as Freak Show Barker
Wayne Doba as Gunther Straker (The Monster)
Sylvia Miles as Madame Zena
A masked intruder attacks Amy as she showers, resembling the famous scene from Psycho. The "attacker" turns out to be her younger brother, Joey, a horror movie buff, and his weapon is merely a realistic-looking plastic knife. He has played the first of several practical jokes on her.

Against her father's orders, teenager Amy visits a sleazy traveling carnival with her new boyfriend Buzz, her best friend Liz, and Liz's irresponsible boyfriend, Richie. At the carnival, the four teens smoke marijuana, peep into a 21-and-over strip show, heckle fortune teller Madame Zena, visit the freaks-of-nature exhibit, and view a magic show.

Richie dares the group to spend the night in "The Funhouse"—actually a dark ride. After the park closes, the teenagers settle down inside the ride, at which point they witness the ride assistant—a man in a Frankenstein's Monster mask who never speaks—engage Zena as a prostitute. He experiences premature ejaculation, but despite his request Zena will not return her $100 fee. He murders her in a violent rage.

The teenagers try to leave, but find themselves locked inside the ride. As they attempt to escape, Richie secretly steals the money from the safe from which "Frankenstein's monster" took Zena's fee. The ride's barker, Conrad Straker, discovers what "Frankenstein's monster"—his adopted son Gunther—has done to Zena. Conrad also realizes that the money is missing. Thinking Gunther took it, he attacks him. Gunther's mask is removed revealing a gruesomely deformed face with sharp protruding teeth,long white thinning hair and ruby-red eyes.

The teens see this, and Conrad realizes someone is watching. He stalks the ride to eliminate any witnesses and heckles Gunther into a murderous rage. Various ride props are used as murder weapons. Richie and Liz die by the hands of Conrad and (respectively) Gunther. Buzz kills Conrad, but is then killed by Gunther. During a showdown between Gunther and Amy in the funhouse's maintenance area, Gunther is electrocuted and crushed to death between two spinning gears.

As dawn breaks, Amy emerges from the funhouse while the animatronic fat lady perched atop the ride laughs.
L² Scored: 9/10

L² Comment:
Oh gosh~ this horror movie freaks me out quite a number of time. I was imagine myself going into this kind of funhouse and being attacked by the scary thing inside... guess this movie really "fulfill" my horror dream lol~ the only flaw will be the way the actress scream, bad~

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