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03-10-2003, 01:32 PM
I watched this this weekend. Had picked up the disc some time back and finally watched. I had seen it years ago but didnt remeber it too well. Its a very enjoyable film. some good suspense and creepy atmosphere in the funhouse. nice score as well! My only complaint is the first half hour is kind of dull...but its worth getting through.
03-10-2003, 01:39 PM
i remember this as a kid ,it has some good suspense
and that early eighties feel.:glasses:
03-10-2003, 01:44 PM
Yeah it`s a great film with plenty of atmosphere. And those two chicks are hot as hell :D
03-10-2003, 02:59 PM
One of my faves. The fair can be pretty damn creepy especially with all the weirdos running around.
03-10-2003, 03:09 PM
I love it when it shows those close-ups of those circus dolls and such. It isn't a great film in my eyes, but definitely one of Hooper's better ones!
03-10-2003, 04:48 PM
Yeah if the pacing wa more on in the first half it would definately move a few paces up in my eyes!
03-10-2003, 05:00 PM
This is a DVD that I have watched several times. I think it is because of the fairground atmosphere that it creates, and the strange surprise at who is doing the murders.
For some reason this one holds up even when the surprise is done. You know I feel sorry for this little creature, as much as I dislike him.
Did I also mention that it can had for next to nothing? I paid $5 for it, and the most I have seen it going for (Goodtimes) is $10. That wouldn't have anything to do with my enjoyment level, would it? Nah.
I kinda enjoy this one too. Nothing spectacular or really original, but still well-paced and interesting. The first part of the movie is fine with me, too. How bout that magician?
Too bad the DVD doesn't include the theatrical trailer. That's damn spooky if you ever get a chance to see it.
R. I. P.
03-10-2003, 05:24 PM
Tobe Hooper's "The Funhouse" certainly gave me a shiver or two when I first viewed it on HBO back in the mid-1980's. Of course, it's a bit dated according to today's standards, but it will satisfy new viewers, IMHO. :)
Currently, you can purchase "The Funhouse" and "The Sentinel" together at Video Universe (http://www.cduniverse.com/productinfo.asp?style=MOVIE&pid=3639540&cart=139618964) for a decent price. :banana: Check it out! :cool:
R. I. P. :glasses:
03-10-2003, 05:58 PM
I like this film quite a bit. I appreciate how it attempts to do something original within the 'slasher' genre. Hooper brings together elements from the contemporary 'slasher' formula of the 1980s and elements from the older 'monster' genre . It's a unique film in this sense.
The film is also a horror genre lovers film, paying tribute to "Halloween," "Psycho," and the visible monstrosities of Universal Studios. I also love the carnival setting, which brings to mind the roots of the horror genre, especialy in the work of the great Tod Browning. Lots for horror aficionados to ponder and enjoy here, with a good dose of Hooper's wonderful sense of the dreadful place and its hidden terrors.
THE FUNHOUSE is an underrated classic, IMO, well-deserving of widescreen treatment with the original poster art and tagline on the snapper case (not that stupid-ass jack-in-the-box), commentary, laserdisc trailer, and deleted scenes (there is a cable version out there with minor footage NOT shown during the original theatrical run).
03-10-2003, 07:18 PM
my dvd is widescreen and was well worth $6...
You're right, marc, I meant to say it deserves "better" treatment than it was afforded by Goodtimes...but Universal didn't give a shit about the movie either...
03-10-2003, 08:53 PM
Credit where credit is due - the Goodtimes release looks pretty damn good :)
03-10-2003, 08:57 PM
not one of my favorites, but if i see it for $5, i won't pass it up.
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