The Funhouse (1981) is a movie that I’d never heard of until recently, and I thought I’d seen most of the 80s horror. It is like many slasher films of the time with a lot of suspense building. In fact, this one takes quite a long time to get going, like many made in recent years. The creepy factor begins from the first scene with comical parody to Psycho.
The score is cheesy but at the same time nerve tingling. The effects are focused on the “beast boy.” The story follows a group of teenagers going to a travelling carnival, which made me think of all the times we went to the County Fair’s carnival with creaking, probably unsafe rides.
When the group decides to stay the night in the Funhouse with Amy’s younger brother lurking out of sight of them, I had a good idea of what was going to happen, and I was right. The thing that was the most pleasing for me in this film was the great screaming, comparable to the amazing shrieks of the 50s and 60s.
The Funhouse isn’t the best or most original thing made in the 80s and it was obvious that it was trying to compete with Friday the 13th, which I don’t think it even stood a chance back then.
I give it 3 out of 5 Stars.