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The Horror Show (Bluray/DVD Combo) [Blu-ray] (1989)

Lance Henriksen , Brion James , James Isaac  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Lance Henriksen, Brion James
  • Directors: James Isaac
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: November 26, 2013
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00EALTVAA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,282 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Commentary with producer Sean S. Cunningham

Interview with Stunt Coordinator Kane Hodder and actress Rita Taggart

Theatrical trailer


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From Sean S. Cunningham, producer-director of the original Friday The 13th, comes this electrifying tale of terror!


116 people are dead at the hands of Max Jenke (Brion James Blade Runner, Crimewave) and his trusty meat cleaver. Now, justice is about to be served as Jenke is sentenced to the electric chair. But from the first high voltage blast, it becomes clear that Max is no ordinary serial killer.


With a blood-chilling laugh from the depths of hell, Max enters our world, transformed into a supernatural force by the high-voltage blast of electricity. Max vows revenge on the cop who captured him. Well-aware of the maniacal killer’s passion to destroy, Detective Lucas McCarthy (Lance Henriksen Pumpkinhead, Aliens) can only begin to imagine the horror that awaits him and his family.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Immensely entertaining November 19, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
I Enjoyed this film ever since I saw it in the early 90s. It does compare stylistically to SHOCKER, but IMO this film has more finesse.

Whilst Lance and Brion are the key players, the Psychic researcher is a key player, since he opens up the plot very quickly. I would love to see this film done in a more recent version with some fx touchups... but if not, it still stands the test very well, and it would do great on DVD ( wow, would I love that).

Overall, the surreal elements are great, and the "language" element is not a loss, since it would play well on tv, since its okay to slice and dice people, but swearing is a definite no-no.

Overall, I have wished that I could find more of Lance in this sort of psychic/surreal sort of film, but outside of Pumpkinhead, and OMEN 2, ( the exception now is MILLENIUM, since the extras make it clear that Frank Black has no psychic powers ... what a blow :-), anyways, Lance does a great job, same intensity as PUMPKINHEAD.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars THE HORROR SHOW November 8, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
For everyone who thinks The Horror Show is the missing House 3 its not (1989) THE HORROR SHOW adopted the title House 3 in Australia and the UK so producers of House 3 retitled the film House IV to avoid confusion so House IV is actually House 3 just under a different title. The plot of the the Horror Show is about Detective Lucas McCarthy(Lance Henrickson)who has caught brutal serial killer Max Jenkie or Meat Cleaver Max (Brion James) exicuting Max was not the end of his reign of terror but actually gave him a new lease on life now he haunts the home of lucas and his family. Terry Alexander (Dawn of the Dead) plays Detective Casey and i actually ate at that restraunt in the movie when i was little. All in All this movie is pretty good i have not seen Wes Cravens Shocker yet but this film looks quite similer to it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Henrikson should have used Pumpkinhead as his sidekick September 3, 2012
Format:VHS Tape
When we first stumbled upon The Horror Show we had assumed it was a unauthorized documentary of Santa's antics, which have horrified many over the years. However we were pleasantly surprised to learn it was a nice 80's horror film starring one of our all time favorites...Lance Henrikson. Ever since he captivated us in Pumpkinhead we have welcomed his appearance in any film, especially a B horror. The Horror Show embodies the Saturday evening movie rental experience as a kid. This would be the type of film you'd see on the shelf and just know it would deliver copious amounts of B delight. Once you'd finally lure Santa out of the vavum section, it would be off for some chini takeout and back to the house for a fun evening of B goodness. It's unfortunate we we didn't stumble upon this gem back in the 90's, but better later then never.

The movie opens up in complete chaos as Detective Lucas McCarthy (Henrikson)is hunting down deranged a serial killer known as Meat Clever Max. Obviously this is not a man one would want to mess with. He's even more lethal than the Lopper. As Detective Lucas come upon the crime scene he finds two decapitated police officers, one whose head is cooking up in a deep fryer. Once Det. McCarthy's partner gets chopped up, it's officially go time. As a tense battle ensues Meat Clever Max if arrested and scheduled for the death penalty. As Meat cooks in the electric chair he vows to reign down revenge upon Det. McCarthy as a ghost. The remainder of the film is Det. McCarthy's battle with the ghost of Meat Clever Max as his attempts to rescue his family from the spirits deadly revenge.

The Horror Show delivered exactly what we were expected from a nice 80's B horror. Once Lance Henrikson was headlining the event we were assured for a real treat.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shocking!! August 11, 2011
Format:VHS Tape
Another one from the great old days of HBO(HBO would NEVER play a movie like this today). As of yet, this film isn't available on DVD in the U.S. Tis a shame.
As others point out, this is very similar to Craven's Shocker, which was released shortly after this. Both films deal with serial killers executed in the electric chair, only to be resurrected as a kind of electrical specter hellbent on revenge.
Shocker got most of the attention, but what Shocker didn't have is two of the coolest character actors ever. Both Lance Henriksen and Brion James are major league badasses, and having them square off against each other is a treat.
No, the movie isn't perfect, but better than you'd think. In Freddy Krueger-like tradition, ghostly killer, James, sometimes appears to Henriksen as a kind of prankster. Sometimes it's kinda funny, but his character is so vicious and imposing that it seems out of character. Killer Max Jenke doesn't seem like he's really got much of a sense of humor and would be acting this way. Plus on hand is the reliable nerdy guy who's all informed as to what's going on and tries to convince the very skeptical Henriksen. Nothing much is a surprise, it's all riddled with cliches, but the power of the two leads keeps this one constantly watchable.
It should have a DVD release, dammit!
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21 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Been looking for HOUSE III, well here it is. August 13, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I saw the first two HOUSE movies when I was young and liked them during that time. When I got older I found HOUSE IV at a video store and rented it. I didn't even know they made a part III! After I saw part 4, I put the hunt out for 3, but I couldn't find it anywhere. I asked video stores and everything, but they never even heard of HOUSE III! I knew if they made a 4, their had to be a 3 out there somewhere, so I went to the internet and found it. The reason I couldn't find HOUSE III is because it was retitled for U.S. release as THE HORROR SHOW. I ended up buying it to see what it was like. I was very disappointed. First of all, it had nothing to do with the first two HOUSE movies. It did however provide a good cast. MGM really should retitle it and release it as HOUSE III: THE HORROR SHOW to avoid confusion in the states for people looking for the nonexistent HOUSE III
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5.0 out of 5 stars Horror Show
This movie is a classic and glad to see it finally on bluray/DVD!!! It brought back memories!!! The 80s horror movies r the best!!! Read more
Published 24 days ago by JOHN GOVE
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD ONE
HERE IN THE UK THIS MOVIE IS PUT OUT AS HOUSE 3, SO WHEN I SEEN IT ON AMAZON COM AS THE HORROR SHOW I GOT A COPY OF THIS BLURAY COMBO PACK BY SHOUT FACTORY AND WAS HAPPY TO SEE... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Pamela
5.0 out of 5 stars HORROR
GOOD MOVIE FOR THE 80'S,WELL ACTED WITH A GOOD PLOT. THE ACTING WAS REAL GOOD, AND THEY WORKED WELL WITH EACH OTHER. THIS DVD SHOULD BE IN YOUR COLLECTION.
Published 6 months ago by PAUL JR.
4.0 out of 5 stars Sean Cunningham, you did it again!
This looked good even from the trailers of the early '90s. I didn't know it was created by the makers of the original Friday the 13th. Lance Henricksen, I've. Read more
Published 6 months ago by P or T's reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Better then shocker
This is hidden gem, I remember seeing it years ago on VHS here in Australia under the name House 3. Read more
Published 6 months ago by John Mathews
3.0 out of 5 stars "The Horror Show" Blu-ray Provides Little to Get Excited About
Scream Factory brings fans of the obscure another lost nugget with its Blu-ray release of 1989's "The Horror Show." Although it was marketed outside of the U.S. Read more
Published 7 months ago by ERSInk . com
4.0 out of 5 stars New release is not the uncut version.
Contrary to the previous posts, the bluray/dvd release is sadly not the uncut version. It looks like America will never get an official uncensored release.
Published 7 months ago by rqm4adrm
5.0 out of 5 stars sicc shit
This is 1 of my favorite supernatural horror movies,A must watch for any 80s horror/er feind..Also this will be the uncut version...Hell yea
Published 9 months ago by boneloco
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally...
I have been looking for this movie for years and I couldn't remember the title.I am so glad that it is coming out on blu ray. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Dayna Newman
5.0 out of 5 stars Saw this at the drive in.
Saw this at the drive in, got it on VHS because its a film I had to see. No issues.
Decent quality for VHS
Published 11 months ago by daniel engel
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