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House III: The Horror Show
Go to Hell.
Detective Lucas McCarthy finally apprehends "Meat Cleaver Max" and watches the electric chair execution from the audience. But killing Max Jenke only elevated him to another level of reality. Now Lucas' family is under attack, his sanity in question, and his house haunted. Aided by a disreputable college professor, can Lucas reclaim his mind, house, and family? Features Lance Henriksen as the Lucas McCarthy and Brion James as Max Jenke. One of the few movies featuring these actors as main characters.
In House III: The Horror Show, Brion James plays Freddy Krueger, although he doesn't terrorize you through your nightmares, he enters your home and ruins your life by taking cues from Forsythe Electrocution.
It's alright, I guess.
Hoop-tober! Part seventeen.
Why on earth did they try to pass this off as a House sequel? Was the series that popular that they decided that this film, in which nothing particularly relates to a house in any significant way, would be a fitting third part? I mean, I guess Lance Henriksen lives in a house, but that would mean that pretty much every other film ever made could be part of the House universe.
Anyway, it's not like the House series made any sense anyway, so whatever. This one is a "cop continues to battle criminal even after criminal is executed" kinda thing, with Lance battling Brion James in some kind of 'Aliens vs Blade Runner' android / replicant…
why does this guy have a water cooler in his HOUSE
Weeeee heeee!!! Ah, hung over on a Sunday night, this was just what I was in the mood for. House III: The Horror Show — I haven't seen House or House II in ages, but pretty sure this has nothing to do with them — is a gory, ridiculous late 80s treat that, like the equally fun Bad Dreams, shamelessly cashes in on Nightmare on Elm Street and is better off for it. In a plot shockingly similar to Shocker (released the same year weirdly enough), House III follows a traumatised Lance Henriksen who finds himself violently haunted by the undead entity of a child-decapitating serial killer he put in the electric chair. The serial killer is played by the…
Almost everyone points to this as being a rip off of Wes Craven's "Shocker". Considering they were released the same year(and this was actually released months earlier), it seems to be a case of two movies having the same stupid idea at the same time inadvertent of each other. If anything I felt this was just another Freddy rip off with the dream sequences, furnace fixation and even similar score at points. While I do have some love for the Elm Street movies, I find it's rip offs to be almost uniformly terrible and this is no exception.
The story starts and Lance Henrisken has just apprehended "Meat Cleaver Max" (Brion James), the killer is promptly given the electric chair…
All that did was give me a hard on!
I already reviewed this here so I won't go over all of it again, but I love Lance Henriksen and Brion James in this the more I watch it, not to mention some early (and great) work by KNB EFX. Conflicted... considering raising my original star rating.
While I mull that over I'll mention that as usual Shout Factory did a great job on the Blu-ray with a nice little interview with Kane Hodder in the special features who was the stunt coordinator on the film. Shout always goes the extra mile and attempt to make special features when non exist for a film.
Detective Lucas McCarthy (Lance Henriksen) finally catches the serial killer named "Meat Cleaver Max" (Brion James) who killed over 100 people and watches his execution. McCarthy and the others watching the execution are shocked to see the electric chair send enough voltage through him to physically burn Max's body before finally dying. Max, however, has made a deal with the devil in order to return from the grave and frame Lucas for a series of grisly murders. He also scares the McCarthy family (who have moved into a new house) and the parapsychologist they hire. Lucas' only hope of stopping Max for good is to destroy his spirit before Max destroys his life and family.
Third entry in the House franchise is a decent horror yarn, but one that doesn’t stand out considering that the original effort was a lot of fun, and its sequel was just as interesting. However, this effort though decent, entertaining and somewhat interesting in what it offers, clearly shows some signs of lacking ideas that never comes to fruition, and in turn House III is a film that could have been d9onmr better. It’s not an awful film by any means, but it’s certainly one that should have been reworked a bit before getting the green light to start filming. At least the idea behind the film is cool, and it is somewhat entertaining despite its shortcomings, but this is…
Lance Henriksen is the lead role in this over the top horror film and Brion James is the big bad guy... do I really need to say more? It has really nothing to do with any of the other House films, but there's still lots of fun to be had.
Hysterical and insanely quotable. The script is beyond poor, but Lance Henriksen and Brion James breathe life and energy into the film.
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Well, The Horror Show is definitely a horror, but not, I'm sure, in the way it was intended. It's a movie that's only tolerable while watching in fast-forward mode, but hey, desperate films call for desperate measures.
J ust watching the opening credits instilled me with a sense of dread. Let's see, "produced by Sean S. Cunningham", that's the guy who created the Friday the 13th series, bad sign number one. Hmmm, "written by Leslie Bohem and Alan Smithee", bad sign number two. Bohem was the "creative" mind behind such splendidly written films like Dante's Peak, Nowhere to Run, and Daylight, and Alan Smithee is the pseudonym used by someone so embarrassed by their work they didn't even want credit…
Similar to Shocker, yet better. Now, that's not to say I don't like Shocker, just this film gets compared to it, but this film actually came out months before that film.
I think what makes this work are the two leads that play roles they both are all too familar with. Brion James is great in this as Max Jenke, and prob my fav role that he's played.
This movie had just about every horror movie trope or cliche, and it was so much fun! The opening scene really dragged for me, but Lance Henriksen's crazily intense good guy character kept me rooting for him the whole time, while Brion James's bad guy character kept me busy with the "boo, hiss".
This movie is stupid and that's okay. Oh and Lance Henriksen is as shirtless as ever.
House III: The Horror show, a movie that has nothing to do with the House franchise and caused the real House 3 to be named House IV. Assholes. This movie is both entertaining and stupid, unfortunately I think its slightly more of the latter. The killer's laugh is out of this fucking world.
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