As the resident Horror Chickk of the site, the week following Halloween always makes me a little sad. Seeing the end of October fills me with a kind of melancholy as we prepare for the Holidays. During October, the rest of the world celebrates horror in the way that I do all year long. It’s the one time of the year where the general public openly embraces my favorite genre with theme park attractions, television scary movie marathons, costume parties, and the like. By the time we hit November, everyone’s ready to throw out they’re jack-o’-lanterns and start putting up the Christmas lights, ready to forget Halloween and move on to start shopping for the next big holiday. I usually fall back on THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS to ease myself into this transition, but this year there’s one more horror comedy coming out this month holding on to the vestiges of the Halloween spirit, THE FUNHOUSE MASSACRE!
In what is most certainly a commentary about how desensitized our society has become, THE FUNHOUSE MASSACRE focuses on a group of psychotic killers running an attraction similar to Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights, Knott’s Scary Farm, Six Flags Fright Fest, Haunted Hay Rides, etc. Instead of the usual Halloween fun of people in costumes jumping out at you, the attractions in this park are actually trying to kill you! A group of horror enthusiasts attending the attraction soon learn that they’ll need to escape the park if they hope to survive the night. Can they hope to make it out of this carnival of horrors in one piece?
As someone who has an annual tradition with her friends to attend Horror Nights, this movie immediately speaks to me on a personal level. Getting trapped in a theme park with killer attractions is literally the stuff of nightmares for me (that’s not a joke, I once had a nightmare that the cast of HOUSE OF 1,000 CORPSES was chasing me at Halloween Horror Nights), but also something that looks to be treated with the same amount of humor and fun as actually attending one of these attractions each year. I absolutely love attending these parks and attractions with my friends each year, so seeing a film openly embracing both the fun and frights of these types of events not only makes me laugh, but gets me surprisingly emtional as well. All this, plus an appearance from the one and only Robert England, and this film has a recipe for some good scary fun! If the trailer is anything to be believed, then I know I’ll be able to count on this movie for one last bit of Halloween fun this year…well, at least until Krampus comes out.
The movie opens Friday the 13th in November 2015.
What do you think of the trailer? Are you excited to attend this attraction, or do you think the park should be closed now that Halloween has passed? Be sure to let us know @TheMovieChickk!
Want more scary carnival fun? Check out Season 4 of American Horror Story on Amazon.com!