Eli Roth Hoping to Enter The Funhouse

Eli Roth Hoping to Enter The Funhouse!Tobe Hooper’s under-appreciated slasher opus The Funhouse is a huge favorite here around the Dread Central offices. The flick had it all — gypsies, sex, good kills, a great location, and most importantly a badass looking monster who wore a Frankenstein’s Monster mask until his, um … unveiling. From our point of view this remake is a no-brainer and it seems as if director Eli Roth feels the same way!

Roth sat down with Fangoria and dropped the following on them:

“I’m talking with Universal about that one,” Roth reveals. “THE FUNHOUSE is a movie where the first half is brilliant — they set up these great characters — and then they pay off none of them. You have Marco the Magician sawing his daughter in half, the brothers who run the carnival and the funhouse setting. And then it’s all about this weird mutant thing. It should be about the kids getting killed in horrible ways, put in different contraptions in the funhouse and the final girl being strapped into the ride and sent into the tunnels to be confronted by terrifying tableaux of her dead friends. A smart remake could be so much fun. Kill the kids in fabulous ways and continually reuse the bodies by making them freaks in the freak museum, sew their eyes shut, waxworks… That’s the stuff I want to do in a remake of THE FUNHOUSE.”

Fuck yeah! But one thing, Eli … keep the mutant thing! We love the mutant thing!

In other news, Roth also revealed to Fango that Cotton, the cinéma-vérité style exorcism film directed by Daniel Stamm, is now rolling in Louisiana with a cast of unknowns. Cotton follows the exploits of a priest who’s spent his entire career debunking exorcisms … until he runs across the real thing. More on that one soon. Hit up the above link for the entire interview.

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  • PelusaMG

    “Cabin Fever” was okay; “Hostel” (IMHO) a fresh take on the horror genre; “Hostel 2” an interesting development of the first film, but unfortunately more campy… This sounds like Roth is doing nothing to develop his craft! He’s turning into a one-trick pony, akin to Rob Zombie and his constant re-visiting of white-trash characters.

    • Styling Shatner

      Well hey, Roth is planning on doing that science-fiction film Endangered Species sometime in the future, so there’s something different. Of course, he wants to do Thanksgiving soon after that, but between Species and possibly Trailer Trash one of these days, he may be better off than the guy who really should direct Funhouse (hell yeah!)

      • PelusaMG

        He’s all talk and no budget, crew, cast or trousers!

    • Terminal

      He’s more of a no trick pony. Three minutes with a fake slasher trailer is the only time he’s shined if you ask me.

  • Avid Fan

    I think this would work well for mr. Roth, I like where he’s going with the idea and yes, keep the mutant, the mutant is the awesome. This is a great little flick and I’ve probably watched this as many times as TCM easily.

  • Terminal

    The “stuff” he wants to do makes me queasy. The man is a soulless hack director for crying out loud. Here’s hoping if he DOES make it he won’t whine and blame his fans if it fails at the box office.

  • rupp30

    Wouldn’t that be a treat? Eli Roth remaking The Funhouse. That’s a dream come true.