It’s no surprise that director Tobe Hooper is most well known for a small indie horror flick from 1974 called THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE. This film shocked audiences the world over and became one of the most influential and frightening films of the genre. But before he would strike box office gold with Steven Spielberg on POLTERGEIST in 1982 he made a few more films with varying degrees of success and cult status. One such film is a creepy carnival centric picture from 1981 called THE FUNHOUSE and now Arrow Video has decided to honor this overshadowed film with a fantastic Blu-ray release.
The film sees a group of four teens on a double date making way to a traveling carnival for the evening. Once there, they see all of the great sideshow attractions, spend time playing games on the midway and riding an assortment of rides with questionable safety regulations. After a while, Amy Harper (Elizabeth Berridge) calls home to say she’ll be spending the night with a girlfriend – in actuality the quartet is going to stay behind after hours in the carnival’s funhouse for the purposes of dirty, dirty teen sexual interaction. As you would imagine, things go very wrong with their plan as they witness a murder, see a severely deformed boy, and have to fight to make it out alive. (more...)