There is something very appealing to horror fans about the psychopath. It’s not so much that we root for them all the time but more of a fascination with evil. Aside from the iconic psychos we are all familiar with like Freddy, Pinhead, Michael Myers and Jason there have been countless other killers who have captured our imaginations over the years. One that always stuck with me and for some reason has been mysteriously absent from DVD and Blu-ray was Jack Sholder’s 1982 flick Alone in the Dark starring Jack Palance, Donald Pleasance and Martin Landau as escaped mental patients terrorizing a family. A new film out this week echoes that film in some ways with a menagerie of killers working together in The Funhouse Massacre.
On Halloween night, a group of the most notorious serial killers behind bars escape and descend upon a new theme park based on their exploits. When the locals show up for a night of Halloween fun they have no idea the actual killers are present and intent on showing them the most terrifying night of their lives.
The Funhouse Massacre is a really fun throwback flick that joyfully never takes itself too seriously. And the roster of psycho killers is a great list of character actor favorites including Jere Burns, Clint Howard and Courtney Gains. And as an extra bonus none other than Robert Englund himself plays the warden of the institute. And for superhero fans there is a great tribute to the Harley Quinn character with Candice De Visser’s psycho character aptly named Ms Quinn. She amps up the crazy while dressed like a psychotic doll with her own twist on the Harley persona. The pace is quick, plenty of fun and gore, and lots of laughs as well. This is a retro horror party if there ever was one.
Shout Factory has also included a wickedly entertaining audio commentary with Director Andy Palmer, Producer Warner Davis And Actors Clint Howard And Courtney Gains, a fantastic video commentary by Popcorn Talk with Director Andy Palmer And Co-writers/Co-stars Ben Begley And Renee Dorian as well as a couple of other documentary tidbits. Definitely recommended.