Two more days 'til Halloween, Halloween, Hallo....
Well, it's two more days as of this writing; it's liable to BE Halloween before I post this, though, so I might ought to not commit to specifics on that Silver Shamrock ditty.
Anyways, let's dive right in, beginning with another Tobe Hooper movie I'd never seen before:
Sandwiched in Tobe Hooper's filmography between the great 1979 miniseries Salem's Lot and the great 1982 feature film Poltergeist is 1981's The Funhouse, which I found to be a real treat. I'd never heard many good opinions of the movie, and I suppose an argument could be made that it never quite comes together as well as its potential indicates it might. I don't think I'd be the one to make that argument, exactly; but it could be made.
Either way, I enjoyed this top to bottom; maybe the climactic confrontation is a mild letdown, but even that is fine. It's probably be something I gave a thumbs-up to if only for the opening scene, which is a combination homage to both Psycho and Halloween. Good stuff.
It's a great setup from there: a quartet of teenagers go out for the night to a somewhat disreputable carnival, and walk around experiencing the sordid pleasures there to be experienced until one of them makes a suggestion -- that they go to the Funhouse dark ride, get out of their cards, and hide inside and spend the night.
And so they do. Naturally, at some point bad things begin to happen; yes, they surely do.