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The Horror Show (House III) - 1 out of 5
I'm starting to wonder if I should give up on the horror genre because it seems that 99% of the films within the category is complete and utter, recycled crap. Same scares, same story, same inability to hire decent actors or write a passable script. Yep, The Horror Show is a perfect example of the junk that Hollywood spits out and tries to scare us with.
The Horror Show a.k.a House III doesn't actually have any connection to the House franchise. The movie was meant to be a stand alone horror film but the producers decided to rename it for non-U.S. markets. This act forced the producers of what was SUPPOSE to be the third House movie to rename it to House IV. There, I just gave you a history lesson on a movie that really doesn't deserve this long of a review.
This horror film is your cliche, run-of-the-mill horror film as it focuses on a cop (played by Lance Hendriksen) who catches a serial killer that ultimately gets the chair for his crimes. After his execution, the serial killer (played by Brion James) becomes a pissed off ghost (who wouldn't?) and goes after the cop that arrested him, causing him to question his sanity before he ultimately goes for the cop's family. That's it. That's the story. And what follows is no different than any other haunted house film you've ever seen with a little bit of Freddy Krueger mixed in.
The film is boring and offers no real scares. The acting by Hendriksen and James are passable but every other actor is terrible. The characters are weak (the exception being James this time as Hendriksen is your typical obsessed cop) and topping the list of weak characters is the son in the family. He's actually a topic of amusement as he is supposedly a metal-head rocker but the music you keep hearing him listen to is far from metal and his midriff-bearing T-shirts are DEFINITELY NOT metal. And finally, this film offers up WAY TOO much shirtless Hendriksen. Any movie that has even a little shirtless Hendriksen in it is too much.