A Month of Horror
Like the genre we are here to celebrate, a sequel is always around
the corner. Horror Movies are full of sequels - from the established
classics of the '80s, to today's annual cash-grab installments of the
cheap and easy series. Due to the popularity of last year's Horror
Movie-A-Day, I have decided to present 31 all new (or old) horror movies
for your enjoyment...
October 1: The Funhouse (1981)
The Funhouse is definitely a product of its time. Produced in 1981, and
directed by genre stalwart Tobe Hooper (of Texas Chainsaw Massacre
fame), it is a simple story designed to cash-in on the slasher-craze of
the ealry eighties.
The story is simple: a group of twenty to thirty-something teenagers
sneak out for a night of fun at the local fair. In their infinite
wisdom, they decide to spend the night in the titular Funhouse, an
obvious set-up. The earlier scenes do a decent job of setting up the
characters, including the younger brother of the "last girl" who also
sneaks out to check out the excitement.
What none of the characters realize, is that the funhouse is actually
home to a deranged albino freak with a face that is split in two, almost
like it was once cleaved in two and then stitched back together as two
three-quarter faces. The makeup effects are actually quite effective,
which is no surprise as they are the work of Rob Bottin.
While this could easily be passed off as a cash-grab slasher movie, it
is actually a fairly effective film, although clearly a product of its
time. It is interesting to note that Tobe Hooper reportedly passed on
shooting E.T. the Extra Terrestrial to work on this movie. Also of note
for fans of horror-literature, the film was adapted into a full-length
novel by none-other than Dean Koontz, originally under the pseudonym
Tomorrow, a man must travel further than he would have imagined to save the soul of his young son.