House III: The Horror Show (1989) Worth Watching?

House 3 The Horror Show Review

by Yo Adrian on October 30th, 2018 | |

House III: The Horror Show was directed by James Isaac (who also directed Jason X and Skinwalkers) and stars Lance Henriksen (from The Unwilling), Brion James (from The Dark) and Rita Taggart. It’s about a serial killer who gets the chair for serial killing, only to return from the dead to continue serial killing.

Go to Hell.

House III: The Horror Show Review

If the plot summary for House 3 sounds familiar, it’s because it’s the same plot summary of one of my favorite movies, Fallen, as well as the Wes Craven film Shocker which preceded Fallen. Well, not to be outdone by Wes Craven, who of course directed A Nightmare on Elm Street, Sean Cunningham, director of Friday the 13th, produced The Horror Show (aka House 3, outside of the U.S.) which released the same year as Shocker.

Both A Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th were iconic films. Shocker and House 3 were not.

House 3, The Horror Show, has nothing to do with the House series whatsoever. It’s a standalone movie that was seemingly made from the unused table scraps of various slashers of the era. There’s some F13 in there, there’s a lot of NoES in there, there’s even some Videodrome thrown in for some reason. There’s a lot of over-acting, countless plot holes, endless implausibilities and countless cheap jump scares.

House 3 starts strong with a roller coaster of a first act but ends weak.

It’s a templated throwaway of the House franchise.

Don’t believe me? Check out this turkey scene and tell me it doesn’t make you think Freddy Krueger.

Worth Watching?

Nope. If you want to watch a movie about a supernatural serial killer, watch Fallen. If you can’t watch Fallen watch Shocker. If you can’t watch Shocker… just watch something else entirely. Trust me, the obnoxious cackle of “Meat Cleaver Max” will be stuck in your head for days.

Founder and Executive Director of all things Horrific at AllHorror.com (Ok, actually I’m just a guy who watches way too many horror movies. It’s unhealthy, really).

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