There's plenty to love about this (the killer's makeup effects, the lurid lighting, the Danny Elfman-y score) but honestly it's a bit of a bore. The more Hooper I watch the less I'm convinced he's a misunderstood genius. Every film is a variation on the slasher tropes he invented, but without the unfiltered energy that TCM harnessed it always falls flat. Glad he returned to the carnival with TCM 2 though :D
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!
Slasher che spicca grazie ad alcune trovate originali e ad una regia di qualità. Il Luna Park e le ambientazioni inquietano molto col procedere della trama. La fotografia e l'illuminazione degli ambienti sono molto belle. Uccisioni strutturate molto bene e che riescono a colpire. Personaggi abbastanza interessanti. Il mostro ha una buona caratterizzazione, grazie all'ottima la trovata di mostrarlo vittima del padre.
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
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!!!
"La casa de los horrores" va empujando su trama a través de la fascinación por lo circense, una que invita a lo maligno y lo retorcido sin que haya una omisión del terror. Ese es el gran punto a favor de la película; ofrecer al espectador una película que no genera su primer giro dramática (que es el primer efecto de terror) sino hasta después de la mitad de iniciada. Lo demás cumple con el entretenimiento.
This is a slasher horror film, that actually I really think has a lot of clever and special things going on within the movie. It's hard to what it exactly is. This movie made me sympathize with the monsters rather than teenagers who are being terrorized, which is why I thought it was so brilliant and it is creatively set up as well. Definitely a great horror film in my opinion by Tobe Hooper.
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...