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The Horror Show (1989)

R | | Horror | 28 April 1989 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

Directors:

James Isaac, David Blyth (uncredited)

Writers:

Allyn Warner (as Alan Smithee), Leslie Bohem
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Cast

Credited cast:
Lance Henriksen ... Detective Lucas McCarthy
Brion James ... Max Jenke
Rita Taggart ... Donna McCarthy
Dedee Pfeiffer ... Bonnie McCarthy
Aron Eisenberg ... Scott McCarthy
Thom Bray ... Peter Campbell
Matt Clark ... Dr. Tower
David Oliver ... Vinnie
Terry Alexander ... Casey
Lewis Arquette ... Lt. Miller
Lawrence Tierney ... Warden
Alvy Moore ... Chili Salesman
Zane W. Levitt Zane W. Levitt ... Executioner
Stephen A. Henry Stephen A. Henry ... Morgue Doctor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Meshell Dillon ... Little Girl
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Storyline

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. Written by Matrix <matrix@rio.com>

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They tried to electrocute "Meat Cleaver" Max. It didn't work. See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 April 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

House III See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$773,348, 30 April 1989, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,738,897
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Rita Taggart, never a fan of horror movies, decided to accept a role in the film because she had a window before her TV show Almost Grown (1988) started shooting. She was also very keen to work with Lance Henriksen. See more »

Goofs

Lighting equipment visible on the far left side of the frame during exterior night shot of the house. See more »

Quotes

Scott McCarthy: Never sneak up on a man when he's blasting Metallica.
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Alternate Versions

The U.S print was cut to receive an R-rating with edits to shots of severed legs in a meat grinder, Max's electrocution scene, the staircase fight and some bloody shootings. The UK Anchor Bay DVD (in the "House Collection" box set) featured the cut print though earlier UK video releases plus the Hollywood DVD budget release all feature the full unrated print. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Resident Alien (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

The Things I Have Done To Our Love
Written by Leslie Bohem (as Les Bohem) and David Kendrick
Performed by Gleaming Spires
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User Reviews

 
Shocker II
25 March 2018 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

When Detective Lucas McCarthy (Lance Henriksen) finally captures the notorious serial-killer Meat Clever Max Jenke (Brion James), he feels relieved when Max is executed by the electric chair. However the parapsychologist Dr. Tower (Matt Clark) warns McCarthy that Max will return, but he does not give attention to the doctor. McCarthy is a family man and lives with his wife Donna (Rita Taggart) and their daughter Bonnie (Dedee Pfeiffer) and son Scott (Aron Eisenberg) in a comfortable house. Soon McCarthy becomes delusional seeing Max everywhere. When Bonnie´s boyfriend Vinnie (David Oliver) is found dead in the house, his family believes McCarthy killed the teenager and he is arrested. But he knows that Max is the responsible for Vinnie´s murder and wants to destroy his family.

"The Horror Show" is a supernatural gore film with a rip-off Wes Craven´s "Shocker". Although entitled 'House III" in Brazil, it might have been "Shocker II". Anyway, "The Horror Show" is underrated with good performances of Lance "Alien" Henriksen and Brion "Blade Runner" James. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "House III - A Casa do Espanto" ("House III - The Frightening House")


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