Four teenagers, Amy Harper, Buzz Klemmet, Richie Atterbury and Liz Duncan, visit the carnival which has just come to town. As the evening comes to an end, Liz suggests they stay the night in the fun house.
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Better than Texas Chainsaw? Fury is here born out of incompatible, sectarian relationships: two families shred apart by sexual tension/parental overbearing. Their actions can't go on any longer without the insanity of the other reflecting their own monstrousness, and so they collide when characters are out of place. The film is therefore an intervention, mangling its sources/clichés into something positive
Light and thunder, colour and screaming, fright and hysteria. Sometimes it's a bit too much (in the tradition of italian horror masters such as Bava or Argento), but Hooper's dark and monstruous vision of our world (with all its repressions, nightmares, promiscuity and violent pulsions) is incredibly complex and interesting. Is Hooper's point of view a moral one? As in Carpenter, I still have my doubts...
Not much to recommend in this mediocre horror film from director Tobe Hooper. It takes a long time to get going, and when it finally does, it's repetitive and predictable with a few generic scare scenes, though there is some nice atmosphere. This one should have been a lot of fun, but it's a disappointment.
'Pay to get in...pray to get out.' Atmospheric but seldom scary picture from horror veteran Hooper that fails its macabre intent. The initial creature reveal is quite memorable while the scripting certainly is not. Good score by John Beal.
TCM remade as a generic Hollywood picture. Tonally all over the place, it seems like Hooper wanted to capture what excited him about Horror films as a kid. The little brother subplot goes absolutely nowhere, the teenagers dialogue makes it sound like they're from the 50s, the horror homage in the beginning is misleading. Such a great disappointment!
Tobe Hooper captures the sleazy carnival atmosphere with gusto! So many great little touches throughout; Madame Zena, doppel-gangers working the different attractions, that one dude who may or may not be a kiddy-diddler, the fetuses in jars, all the "atmosphere shots" of the cackling fat lady and associates. Gunther the Monster-Man is just a rousing exclamation point to all that! A very underrated film!!!
The premise is interesting and it's what drew me to this in the first place, but Hooper's vision is just another generic horror film that doesn't use its material in a particularly creative way. I'm all for slow horror, but here it doesn't work.