Eli Roth Wants to Remake Tobe Hooper's The Funhouse
by Alex Billington
June 9, 2009
As much as I'm looking forward to seeing Eli Roth bring us his sci-fi action flick Endangered Species, we can't forget that he's still a horror director. One of the other projects he's got on his slate is a remake of The Funhouse, a creepy horror film from 1981 directed by Tobe Hooper. Roth revealed to Fangoria that he's currently "talking with Universal about that one." I'm not familiar with the film, but apparently Roth is a big fan - at least of half of it. "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." We'll let him explain what he wants to do in this remake.
"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," Roth tells Fangoria.
"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."
If you're not a fan of horror or either of Eli Roth's Hostel films, then that sounds instantly disgusting and unnecessary. But if you are a fan of Roth's work, than that sounds pretty damn cool. Maybe it'd even turn out like a not-so-shitty version of House of Wax with better actors than Paris Hilton and Elisha Cuthbert. I actually like Eli Roth, unlike most people, and have an appreciation for the Hostel films, even though I don't really like either of them. As long as he carries through with his plans to make Endangered Species and Thanksgiving then follow those with The Funhouse, I'd be happy. Until then, pick up the original on DVD.