The Funhouse Massacre (2015)
"Well, Miss, there are people here that even God is afraid of."
"Six of the world's scariest psychopaths escape from a local Asylum and proceed to unleash terror on the unsuspecting crowd of a Halloween Funhouse, whose themed mazes are inspired by their various reigns of terror."
The film opens with a young woman, Miss Quinn, entering an asylum so that she can interview the Warden. The Warden gives her a quick tour of the facility and introduces to her to some of the inmates. Jeffrey Ramseys (Animal the Cannibal), Bradford Young (Dr. Suave), Walter Harris (The Taxidermist), Rocco the Clown, and Manual Dyer (Manny the Prophet) are all residents of the Asylum, and are highly dangerous. The Warden takes Miss Quinn into his office to "take a break from these awful men". While seducing the Warden, Miss Quinn strangles him. She also kills two body guards and releases all of the inmates. When Manuel Dyer leaves his cell, she greets him with a smile on her face and calls him "Daddy."
After the title card, we are introduced to our main characters who all work in a local diner together. We see on the news that a Funhouse is opening that has attractions based on true crimes from the area. This includes all of the local boogeymen that we have just met. Our group of main characters decide to go, of course. It isn't long before the real killers go to the Funhouse, take over, and play themselves in the haunt. Once the group of friends get inside the haunt, they start to notice that everything is just a little too real at this Funhouse.
The acting isn't top notch by any means. It is super campy and over the top. It's supposed to be. There are a few seasoned horror actors sprinkled in, which is always a great surprise. Robert Englund, Clint Howard, and Courtney Gains are always a joy to see on screen. Do not let the artwork on this film fool you, though. They put Robert front and center on it, but he is only in the film for about 10 minutes. He is great in his role, but it's not worth front and center on the artwork. Some of the performances seem pretty phony and cheesy, but it didn't bother me at all. It fits the tone of the film perfectly.
This movie is classified as a horror comedy. So, no. I don't find it scary. The tone of the film is super campy, cheesy, and over the top with it's kills. It just works. I absolutely loved all of the practical gore. Since there are wide variety of killers (cannibal, taxidermist, a killer dentist, murdering wrestler, etc), there are many ways for victims to die. This movie doesn't hold back from that.
I will have to admit. I've never seen a movie quite like this one. Like I mentioned above, I love the variety of kills. I loved that they had several types of killers. The killers had plenty of victims, because it was all set in a Funhouse. I really don't know how else they would have gotten these different types of villains all in one place if it was set anywhere else. I liked the lead characters quite a bit. This movie just stands out to me, and is always a blast to watch.
Do I recommend this movie? Hell yes. This is a super fun watch during the Halloween season. It has a good story, great costume design, fantastic killers, awesome sound design, and impressive practical effects. I say you should all round up some friends, chow down on some junk food, and enjoy this underrated little gem this Halloween season!
Next week, I'll be reviewing "Hell House LLC" (2015). "Five years after an unexplained malfunction causes the death of 15 tour-goers and staff on the opening night of a Halloween haunted house tour, a documentary crew travels back to the scene of the tragedy to find out what really happened." Please check this one out if you haven't already, and come back here for my review of it!