The Funhouse Massacre (2015) (Blu-ray Review)


The Funhouse Massacre (2015) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Andy Palmer
Starring: Robert Englund, Clint Howard, Jere Burns
Rated: R/Region A/2:35/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Scream Factory

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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).

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I watch a lot of movies per year. I’d say easily over 300. That being the case it is very hard for me to find something that catches my eye. The Funhouse Massacre is a movie I might have enjoyed more if I didn’t see so many movies per year, week, and even day. Basically, what I’m saying is, if you don’t see as many movies as someone like me sees per week you’d probably run across something like Scream Factory’s latest, The Funhouse Massacre, and enjoy it way more than I based on the idea that it does do some things well to its credit. Then again, it doesn’t do much that a lot of other movies don’t do and do better. This story of a group of killers taken from the crazy house and inserted into a fun house to cause havoc also has a guest appearance from Robert Englund. He’s running the asylum but only is in here for a cup of coffee. I guess you could say he’s only here long enough to give something like this a name to help sell it with. Other than that, the story spilled into this funhouse around Halloween where these crazies can pick people off under the leadership of a cult leader. A couple of characters come into play to be stacked up against these guys, but none is really done well enough to make you care about them and I guess in a movie like this that is just as well. This often comes across as a nice looking attempt to copy the style of Rob Zombie, but I will say the dialogue is at least better overall.

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The one thing this movie does do well is the gore. If you don’t like another thing this movie does, you will probably at least like the blood. The effects were good enough to keep me hanging around, I just wish I had more of a story that was equally compelling to make me like this thing as a whole more. You do find some style here in the middle of it all as some shots are set-up very well and really captures the whole Halloween season feel. I think perhaps that might be the best time to give this one a spin, around October. Other than that, you’ll see some horror folks you’re going to recognize. You’ll see some blood and some cool shots here and there. Sadly, you’ll also get a rather forgettable story that goes just about how you’d expect it to go. It kind of makes a movie like this more frustrating because you get the idea the talent was there behind the camera but maybe the material was what held things down. Other than that the transfer looks good, you get a reversible cover, and the extras also come with a couple of audio commentaries and some other things that also include cast video diaries.

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– 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

Quality of Transfer: 96%