Faces of Terror 2018

This book presents 64 types of antagonists. Short lists of horror or horror-adjacent movies featuring these antagonists are suggested. The movies are ranked in order of preference. The antagonists are divided in five categories: viscera, society, science, folklore and afterlife.

Each film description contains a synopsis and a star rating.

The Funhouse

Four teenagers spend the night in a carnival funhouse and are stalked by a deformed man.

 

United States
1981
Feature Film
Realism: 
Plausible
Character Focus: 
Serial Killer Film
Professional Film
Stalker: 
Sneaker
6
Nothing but fun!
5.04
5.04
6
6
3
4
3
Ambiance
Dialogue
Plot
The Funhouse is conceivably one of Tobe Hooper’s best films and certainly the one most reminiscent of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. It is more polished and better structured than Massacre, in fact. It is also more intuitive, more user-friendly. This film plays out the way 1980s horror slashers should: it starts with teens getting stoned and ends with them getting killed.
Shooting half the scenes of a horror movie inside an amusement park was probably not an easy task and the crew pulled it off quite nicely. We feel the essence of the park in every shot. They could’ve taken a million shortcuts to simulate this complex environment and they didn’t. Character exposition is a priority. We get nothing but exposition until the halfway mark and it’s never boring.
Gore and terror pick up late in the game and we have no clue, until then, what kind of antagonists we’re up against. There is some foreshadowing and an eerie ambiance that intensifies with time, but it takes a while to figure out we’re in a good old slasher. Despite its setting, The Funhouse is nothing new, but it is exactly what the typical 1980s horror fan seeks.
Alternate Titles: 
Carnival of Terror
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