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Monday, June 20, 2016

The Funhouse Massacre (Scream Factory Blu-ray) - Superficial Indie Carnival Horror

The Funhouse Massacre isn't exactly a great flick. It feels like a wannabe Rob Zombie movie that doesn't go far enough to really attack the audiences senses and fails to shock. It does have its share of what might be scary moments especially with its carnival focus. I suppose it would sound like I didn't exactly enjoy the movie, but truth is, I actually kind of did. The story is used up. The acting did nothing for me, but I think I actually enjoyed the look of the characters and the makeup as well as the gory kills. Scream Factory has put out a Blu-ray of this new indie Horror release, and it's actually getting some good word of mouth.

The Funhouse Massacre paints itself as a Horror comedy, but it really isn't all that funny. It's plays off the House of the 1000 corpses vibe and other assorted clown Horror hits, but beyond the superficial look of the picture, there's just nothing to grab on to and love. You like gore? You like carnival Horror makeup? You might dig this one. There's definite crossover potential with the Rob Zombie or Darren Lynn Bousman audience.

You get a little Clint Howard, a little Robert Englund. You get some carnival Horror makeup and an hour and half to not think and enjoy the gore. I suppose we can all use that every once in awhile.

Note; I really dig the cover.

You can order your copy now via Scream Factory:
https://www.shoutfactory.com/film/film-horror/the-funhouse-massacre

From Scream Factory:

On Halloween night, a group of the United States' most notorious serial killers escape from Statesville Asylum and descend upon a giant funhouse whose theme is based on their different reigns of terror. The unsuspecting carnival patrons think that the carnage created at the park is just part of the show… until they become part of the main attraction. The only people left to stop the killers are a rag-tag group of college kids, a clueless deputy (Ben Begley, The Hungover Games) and the local sheriff (Scottie Thompson, Skyline, Before I Wake), who seems to have a strange attachment to the leader of the maniacs, the silver-tongued devil "Mental Manny" (Jere Burns, Justified, Angie Tribeca).

This chilling thriller features supporting turns by horror icons Clint Howard (Evilspeak, The Lords of Salem), Courtney Gains (Children of the Corn, The 'Burbs) and A Nightmare on Elm Street's Robert Englund as the warden.

Bonus Features
Audio Commentary With Director Andy Palmer, Producer Warner Davis And Actors Clint Howard And Courtney Gains
Popcorn Talk's Video Commentary With Director Andy Palmer And Co-writers/Co-stars Ben Begley And Renee Dorian (Blu-ray Only)
A Day On The Set
Production Diaries
Theatrical Trailer

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