Watch: The Horror Show 1989 123movies, Full Movie Online – 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 Lucas McCarthy and Brion James as Max Jenke. One of the few movies featuring these actors as main characters, if not the only one..
Plot: 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?
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Kind of an afterthought
I have to confess absolutely loving the first ‘House’ film. Yes, the (now iconic) marketing poster of a decomposing severed hand ringing a doorbell may have been a tad misleading. You may think you were in for one scary experience when, in fact, you received one hell of a tongue-in-cheek black horror-comedy. The (inevitable) sequel was so-so, but by this third instalment, it had well and truly lost its way.
Where as the first two ‘House’ films were both heavily linked to – surprise, surprise – a house, this film seems to forget why it’s called what it is. In fact I believe in some territories when the film was released the ‘House’ part of the title was completely dropped in favour of a more ambiguous ‘The Horror Show’ title. I guess this tells you pretty much everything you need to know about the project, i.e. it’s not really a sequel but more of a horror script that was sort of crow-barred in under the familiar (and therefore profitable) ‘House’ brand in order to increase sales. But is it any good?
Unfortunately, not really. Even by a stand-alone horror film it’s a bit lame. However, that’s not for the efforts of leading man Lance Henriksen, who does everything in his extensively-cool acting range to bring some drama to the proceedings. It’s starts okay enough – Henriksen is a cop tortured by his previous experiences with a serial killer, only for said nasty to come back from the grave to haunt his family (in the house, in case you were wondering). Then it all kind of falls apart as the scares become fewer and further between and the plot descends into predictability. The serial killer is portrayed by (Bladerunner’s) Brion James and he too does his best to add some terror with the limited script available to him. However, in the end, both main actors end up just chewing up the scenery in an attempt to try and elevate what is a particularly forgettable B-movie into something vaguely memorable.
There’s some nice practical effects here and there and it’s always nice to be reminded of a time before CGI gore ruled the horror scene. But, at the end of the day, it’s not enough to save this film. I’m a big fan of Lance Henriksen and watch most of his output, but even I would struggle to sit through this film again (I’ve watched it twice – the first time over twenty years ago and completely forgotten it. Therefore I’ve just seen it again and felt I better review it before everything about it escapes me again). The first ‘House’ film is a classic. Just stick to that.
No Spoilers- Just Kudos
I just learned (reading these IMDb reviews) that this is a supposed “House” iteration… I never would have guessed it- In fact, I’ve been a fan of this film for years, and never even considered it had anything to do with the “House” films (I’ve only seen the US release, which is NOT titled ‘House III’, obviously)- Lance Henrickson is his usual, intense, (in my opinion, Excellent) self, we see a young Dedee Pfiefer being, well, herself- and Brion James at his most foreboding since ‘Leon’ in Bladerunner… (not going to talk about Tango & Cash here…). As for the ‘Shocker’ similarities- check the dates… this one came out first- Because of this, (all deference to Mitch Pileggi, of whom I’m also a big fan) I’ve always felt that Shocker was the rip-off, of a MUCH more intense and, pardon the pun, Shocking film… (I was really surprised to see a “Smithee” attached to this film anywhere- my guess is… politics. But hey, that’s Hollyweird for ya). Yup, there’s gore, and oh yeah- swearing galore, but this movie is one I look forward to dusting off every October, as my “must watch list” approaches “psycho-killer week”… (quick plug here- if you haven’t decided whether or not to watch “Behind the Mask- The Rise of Leslie Vernon”- do yourself a Big favor, and check it out- it defies classification; funny, sharp, and actually Scary!).
If you’re looking for a horror movie that may make you wince (talking about Horror Show)- this one could be a winner for you- It certainly is for me.
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Quick P.S.- Fans of Lance- If Vampire movies are more your speed, a MUST-See is “Near Dark”- Honestly one of the Coolest Fang-pics I’ve ever seen… Happy Haunting!
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 35 min (95 min)
Director James Isaac, David Blyth
Writer Allyn Warner, Leslie Bohem
Actors Lance Henriksen, Brion James, Rita Taggart
Country United States
Awards 1 nomination
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby SR
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Arriflex Cameras and Lenses
Laboratory DeLuxe, Hollywood (CA), USA
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm