Monday, June 6, 2016

THE FUNHOUSE MASSACRE (2015) (Blu-ray Review)


Label: Scream Factory 

Release Date: June 7th 2015 
Duration: 90 Minutes 
Region Code: A
Rating: R
Audio: English DTS-HD MA 5.1 with Optional English Subtitles
Video: 1080p HD Widescreen (2.35:1) 
Director: Andy Palmer
Cast: Andy Palmer, Ben Begley, Chasty Ballesteros, Clint Howard, Courtney Gains, Jere Burns, Mars Crain, Matt Angel, Robert Englund, Scottie Thompson, Sebastian Siegel

Synopsis: 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).

Now this was a pleasant surprise, an indie horror-comedy that didn't suck balls, trust me this is not as common as you might want to believe. In my experience a decent horror-comedy is about as rare as a good low-budget zombie movie, and that my friend is some rare stuff. Thankfully The Funhouse Massacre delivers on both laughs and blood-drenched gore and kept me entertained right up till the end. 

The carnage begins as a group of psychotic murderers escape their psychiatric imprisonment on Halloween night and make their way to a local amusement park that is hosting attractions based on their own murderous exploits. Once thet arrive at the amusemtn park they relieve the amusement park employees of their lives with extreme prejudice a nd begin to cut, kill and eat the patrons of the carnival, whom at first suspect that the gore is all part of the fun, but once it is revelaed that psychotic killers are for real and on a bloody murder spree all Hell breaks loose. 

Robert Englund appears for a hot minute as the director of the asylum, as always he gives a nice performance that is a notch under over-the-top and perfectly suited to the material at hand. The killers in this one are a fun lot, we have the doomsday cult leader Mental Manny who is the defacto leader of the homcidal group, a very bad dentistt named Dr. Suave, cannibalistic chef Animal the Cannibal, a clown-faced dead-skin masked wrestler named Rocco and The Taxidermist played by Clint Howard of Evilspeak. There's also a sexy doll-faced clown killer who stitches her victim’s mouth and eyes shut before murdering them, she's probably the sexiest evil-clown since Batty Boop from the Killjoy movies. The cameos don't end with Englund and Clint Howard, Courtney Gains from Children of the Corn and The 'Burbs shows up at the proprietor of the amusement park who doesn't realize how played he has been by his lady friend who is in cahoots with the psychotic killers. 

Of course we have to have someone to root for here to pretend we aren't cheering on the murderers, cause that would be weird, right? To that end we have a group of employees from a local diner who head to the park for a night of fun terror, among them an awkward nice guy who pines away for the virginal final girl, the local jock and his horny girlfriend and the dishwasher, a Mexican dressed-up as Machete, and the local sheriff and her dip shit deputy. 

The Funhouse Massacre looks great on Blu-ray from Scream Factory, it definitely takes advantage of the bright amusement park colors delivers on some bloody gore and fun horror-comedy that goes down easy with a few beers, and at just ninety-minutes it doesn't wear out it's welcome. 

Special Features:

- 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 (3 Mins) 
- Production Diaries (5 Mins) HD 
- Theatrical Trailer (2 Mins) HD 

The Funhouse Massacre is one of those indie gems that could easily slip right on by you without notice if it weren't for me telling you that this deserves a watch. I was initially put off by the artwork as I am juts not a fan of most clown-themed horror movies, there are a few out there that bring me joy, but they are few and far between, and I am happy to say that this one exceeded my expectations and them some, so definitely give this one a watch, I think you're gonna be pleased with its blend of gore and comedy.