Sunday Feb 06, 2022

22. Tobe Hooper’s The Funhouse (1981)

Just after adapting Salem’s Lot for television and just before directing the music video for Billy Idol’s Dancing with Myself, Tobe Hooper returned to the fringes of Southern Gothic-in-retrograde murdery wetness with this solid update on the Quasimodo/Frankenstein’s Monster story by way of David Lynch’s The Elephant Man. Clean the cotton candy off your fingers and join us for a drippy dive into the schlocky wonder of Dennis Hopper’s… I mean, Tobe Hooper’s The Funhouse (1981), possibly most-popular among folks image-searching “Elizabeth Berridge nude.”

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The Loathsome Things Official Top 10 Greatest Horror Movies of All Time List
(of those we've reviewed for an episode of Loathsome Things: A Horror Movie Podcast)

(1) Bob Clark’s Black Christmas (1974)
(2) George A Romero’s Night of the Living Dead (1968)
(3) Miike Takashi’s Audition (1999)
(4) Bob Clark’s Deathdream (1974)
(5) David Prior’s The Empty Man (2020)
(6) Frank Henenlotter’s Basket Case (1982)
(7) Nicolas Roeg’s Don't Look Now (1973)
(8) Ben Wheatley’s In The Earth (2021)
(9) Nick Szostakiwskyj’s Black Mountain Side (2014)
(10) Howard Hawks/Christian Nyby’s The Thing from Another World (1951)

Honorable Mentions:
Beyond the Door III (1989) – Not a great horror movie, but so much fun to watch!

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