The Horror Show (Bluray/DVD Combo) [Blu-ray]
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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 killers passion to destroy, Detective Lucas McCarthy (Lance Henriksen Pumpkinhead, Aliens) can only begin to imagine the horror that awaits him and his family.
Interview with Stunt Coordinator Kane Hodder and actress Rita Taggart
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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.Read more ›
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.
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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I discovered this movie a few years ago and had been wanting to see it, can't believe I didn't know about it when it first came out. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Tom DeFurio
If I knew this movie was the same as"The Shocker" I would have never bought it. I am not a fan of the Shocker. Why is it released under 2 different names? Read morePublished 6 months ago by shopaholic
Oh man. I remembered seeing this movie back in the day, and when I saw it was being released on Blu-ray - being the nostalgic person I am I immediately ordered it. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Rick
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 morePublished on July 2, 2014 by JOHN GOVE
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 morePublished on June 12, 2014 by P_A_M
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 on January 21, 2014 by PAUL JR.
This is hidden gem, I remember seeing it years ago on VHS here in Australia under the name House 3. Read morePublished on January 2, 2014 by John Mathews