The Horror Show (1989)

Genres - Horror  |   Sub-Genres - Slasher Film  |   Release Date - Apr 28, 1989 (USA)  |   Run Time - 94 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - R
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Review by Brian J. Dillard

With its silly musings about the "pure evil of electromagnetic energy" and its sitcom conception of middle-class family life, this 1980s horror outing has little to recommend it. Smart slasher films put their focus squarely on teen protagonists -- those convenient stand-ins for the pubescent audience. But The Horror Show's script, credited to Leslie Bohem and Allyn Warner, is more police procedural than anything, with disposable high-schoolers playing second fiddle to Brion James' hokey boogeyman and Lance Henriksen's put-upon patriarch. About the only thing The Horror Show has going for it is the casting of sci-fi mainstay Henriksen and veteran character actor Lewis Arquette as grizzled cops. If the filmmakers had jettisoned everything else and simply built a buddy movie around those two performers, maybe they'd have come up with a B-movie worth watching.