Max Jenke (Brion James) is a cleaver and ruthless killer responsible for more death and killing than any other known serial killer and he’s just been captured by Detective Lucus McCarthy (Lance Henrickson) and this is just the beginning of what is to come in The Horror Show (1989). After capturing Jenke and seeing his partner die, McCarthy’s professional and personal life begins to unravel and he thinks that being present for the execution of Jenke is the only way for him to get his life back.
There is more to death then just dying as pure evil such as Jenke just doesn’t die but can transform into something else. Jenke becomes a being of energy that manipulates the things around him to tease and torture McCarthy. Now McCarthy, with the help of an eccentric scientist Peter Campbell (Thom Bray) who understands what Jenke has become, must find a way to destroy Jenke before he continues on his killing spree.
James, as usual, knows how to play to his strengths as a crazed killer with menace in his blood. Henrickson gives 110% and the two of them together make for formidable opponents. As produced by Sean S. Cunningham (the man behind the Friday the 13th franchise and House films (of this was originally conceived as the third film)) and directed by James Isaac this is a fun and entertaining film that should appease fans of ‘80s horror films.