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Something is alive in the funhouse...something that, tonight, will turn the funhouse into a carnival of terror!
|Directed by||Tobe Hooper|
|Written by||Lawrence Block|
|Produced by||Mark L. Lester|
Derek Power; Steven Bernhardt
|Music by||John Beal|
|Edited by||Jack Hofstra|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
Mace Neufeld Productions
|Release date(s)||March 13th, 1981|
|Running time||96 min.|
Plot[edit | edit source]
Cast[edit | edit source]
|Elizabeth Berridge||Amy Harper|
|Shawn Carson||Joey Harper|
|Jeanne Austin||Mrs. Harper|
|Jack McDermott||Mister Harper|
|Cooper Huckabee||Buzz Dawson|
|D. Lee Carson||Geek|
|Sonia Zomina||Bag lady|
|Ralph Morino||Truck driver|
|Kevin Conway||Funhouse/Freakshow/Stripshow barkers|
|Herb Robins||Carnival manager|
|Wayne Doba||The monster|
|William Finley||Marco the Magnificent|
|Sylvia Miles||Madame Zena|
|Sid Raymond||Stripshow MC|
|Larry Ross||Girly show heckler|
|Frank Grimes||Strip show voyeur|
|Frank Schuller||Poker player #1|
|Peter Conrad||Midget with lady|
|Mildred Hughes||Tall lady|
|Shawn McAllister||Garbage collector|
|Sandy Mielke||Garbage collector|
|Sherman Bergman||Carnival worker|
|Raymond Forchion||Man in tent show|
Notes & Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Was first released to home video in 1987 by Good Times Home Video. It was released in laserdisc format on February 6th, 1992. It was released to DVD on October 19th, 1999. The film was re-issued to DVD by Universal Studios on September 7th, 2004.
- Was filmed at Norin Studios in North Miami, Florida.
- The UK release of the film ran three minutes shorter than the US theatrical release. Excised scenes included extraneous dialogue between the characters.
- Author Dean Koontz wrote a novelization of the screenplay under the pseudonym Owen West. The book contains a lot of backstory added by Koontz. Because of this, and the fact that the book was released before the movie due to a delay in post production, it is often mistaken that the movie is based on the book, but the book is in fact based on the movie. 
- Films that share similar themes as this one include Deranged, Basket Case, The Hills Have Eyes, Motel Hell, House of 1000 Corpses and Hatchet.
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