The Funhouse (1981)

Seriously scary and oppressively atmospheric, Tobe Hooper’s slasher is an underrated gem worth investigating. Lead Elizabeth Berridge makes a compelling, unusual scream queen, able to channel the same charisma and star quality as Jamie Lee Curtis with some of Stockard Channing’s magnetic severity. The movie itself is creepy and often downright frightening from the first few scenes, and Hooper’s emphasis on suspense over gore is the right choice, leading to a number of suspenseful moments to white-knuckle your way through. Highly recommended for slasher fans, and fans of the aforementioned Jamie Lee Curtis, especially her early run as a scream queen.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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