Decades of Horror 1980s Episode 90 — The Funhouse (1981)Tobe Hooper returns to the director’s chair for the latest horror classic examined by the Grue-crew for Decades of Horror 1980s. This film leads his career directly into Poltergeist where he would flirt with becoming a “Hollywood” director. The Funhouse is a low budget slasher-esque film that has a group of teens sneaking into the traveling carnival’s funhouse for the night. While peaking through the floor boards, they witness the mysterious man in the Frankenstein mask strangle the frisky fortune teller to death with his bare hands. Add in some sticky fingers and a curmudgeon carney with a penchant for violence and a horror film is born. The kids try to escape the funhouse with their lives. This is a Hooper film so we know that doesn’t go terribly well for these misfit kids. Eh? Thomas, Christopher, and Doc debate back and forth on the merits of this particular Tobe Hooper entry. Some like the setting, some like the make-up while others despise the kids and have a huge issue with the motivation of “The Monster” and the kids as they witness his inability to make good decisions. Let’s just say he has trouble understanding the value of money. The make-up is impressively designed but does not have enough articulation to make its onscreen appearances entirely successful. Yes, Hooper shows off his talent in a number of key scenes, most notably when Lisa is trapped in a ventilation shaft with the fan behind her and the monster approaching.
It’s that time of year again where the Grue-Crew take a look back at the Year in Review. For the segment this week, we take a look at the TOP 5 HORROR TV SHOWS OF 2018. The Grue-Crew also review AQUAMAN (2018) from director James Wan. While it may be a superhero film, you can […]
[Podcast] Brawl in Cell Block 99 – Psychotic – Devil’s Well – House of Salem – Episode 3 – Gruesome Magazine
Welcome to the Gruesome Magazine Podcast where a vigilant team of the Grue-Crew tackle the latest VOD, streaming, and independent releases for the week. The hunt is on for the diamond in the rough. Doc Rotten from Horror News Radio and Jeff Mohr from Decades of Horror: The Classic Era are joined by Rafe Telsch […]
[Podcast] Interview Ben DeLoose from Escape the Dark — Tiffany Arnold and Dan Kiely from Bong of the Living Dead — Episode 9 — Gruesome Magazine
This week the Grue-Crew sit down with a trio of talent from the Nevermore Film Festival in Durham, North Carolina on the weekend of February 23 through the 25, 2018. Thomas Mariani, Paul Cardullo, and Doc Rotten joined a small herd of the Grue-Crew for a special 40th Anniversary screening of The Manitou. Along the […]