R | | Horror
Four teenage friends spend the night in a carnival funhouse and are stalked by a deformed man in a Frankenstein mask.
The original plan was to have makeup effects artist Rob Bottin play the monster, before director Tobe Hooper caught a performance by mime Wayne Doba, who subsequently landed the role.
I've been expecting you.
Amy Harper: Why are you doing this? Why are you trying to kill us?
Funhouse: I'm just protecting my family.
Amy Harper: Your family? But that guy... He's not even human.
Funhouse: The Lord works in mysterious ways, little lady. He ain't such a bad fella. My son does ...
Near the beginning of the film, after Joey scared Amy and she chased him into the bedroom, she told him she wasn't going to take him to the funfair on the weekend because of it. Nearer the end, the Funhouse Barker says that the funfair is packing up in the morning and moving on.
Although the 1987 UK CIC video release was uncut in terms of violence it ran around 3 minutes shorter than the cinema version, and the differences appeared to be some dialogue and narrative edits. It contained the scenes of reefer smoking which were missing from some later Film Four showings.
$2,765,456 (USA) (15 March 1981)
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