->''"Lucas, I'm coming back to tear your world apart... I'm going to fuck you up."''
-->-- '''Max Jenke''', making a dying promise

''The Horror Show'' is a 1989 horror film.

The story centers around police detective Lucas [=McCarthy=] (Creator/LanceHenriksen), who becomes target for an otherworldly revenge from an executed SerialKiller "Meat Cleaver" Max Jenke (Brion James), whom he helped to bring in.

!!This film has the examples of:

* AchillesHeel: Jenke is a borderline RealityWarper after his resurrection and can't die since he's a ghost, but electrocuting him ''again'' will reverse it and render him mortal. [[spoiler:[=McCarthy=] and his wife electrocute him at a power plant in his realm and do just that.]]
* ArchEnemy: Jenke to [=McCarthy=]. After Jenke kills [=McCarthy=]'s partner and some of his other colleagues then it becomes personal.
* AxCrazy: Jenke. He uses a large meat cleaver as a WeaponOfChoice (henche his nickname) and he's a pure evil psychopath.
* BadassLongcoat: Jenke wears it, even in death.
* BigBad: Jenke's villainy in life and afterlife drives the plot.
* BroughtDownToNormal: [[spoiler:Jenke after being electrocuted a second time in his realm, dragging him back to the world of the living and fully resurrecting him. As he's now alive again, he loses his powers and becomes mortal, allowing [=McCarthy=] to finish the job.]]
* CameBackStrong: Jenke's pure evil and practice with electricity allowed him to come back as ghost far more dangerous than he ever was alive.
* ChairmanOfTheBrawl: When burning Jenke approaches Lucas after freeing himself from the electric chair, Lucas readies himself with a chair.
* CouldntFindAPen: After killing one cop in the flashback, Jenke puts his severed head on a table and writes "blue platter special" with blood next to it.
* DolledUpInstallment:
** Thanks to having some of the same creative forces behind it, the film was released as a third sequel to ''Film/{{House}}'' outside the US. The title stuck, and the official third ''House'' film had to be released as ''Film/HouseIV''.
** And as if that wasn't enough, it was also released as the seventh ''Franchise/EvilDead'' in Italy.
* EvilLaugh: Jenke's ratty "hehehehe".
* FlashbackNightmare: The arrest of Jenke by Lucas is shown through his nightmares.
* KnifeNut: Jenke is so fond of his meat cleaver that he asks to be buried with it.
* LargeHam: Jenke. After [[Film/BladeRunner Leon]] and [[Film/TangoAndCash Raquin]] this is Brion James' hammiest performance.
* MadeOfEvil: According to Campbell, Jenke has basically become this after death. The fact he was ''already'' pure evil to begin with is actually the ''reason'' he was able to come back to life.
* MadeOfIron: It takes a lot of voltage to kill Jenke on the electric chair.
-->'''Jenke''': All that did was give me a hard on!
* NoRangeLikePointBlankRange: [[spoiler:Lucas makes sure Jenke is ''really'' dead the second time by sticking his gun in the psycho's mouth and pulling the trigger.]]
* OnceIsNotEnough: Defied. [[spoiler:After Jenke is rendered mortal, Lucas fills him full of lead until he stops moving. He then walks over, sticks his gun in the psycho's mouth and fires. After all that happened, the man did ''not'' take chances making sure Jenke's was really dead that time.]]
* OffWithHisHead: Jenke's preferred form of murder.
* PeekabooCorpse: Vinnie's corpse in the basement provides this.
* RapeAsDrama: When Jenke captures Bonnie, it's implied that he raped her.
* ShootTheTelevision: Lucas is tormented by visions of Jenke while he and his family are watching a stand-up comedian on TV. The visions drive Lucas to take out his police issued handgun and shoot the TV set, to the shock and dismay of the rest of his family.
* ShowerScene: Completely gratuitous one provided by Bonnie.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: [[spoiler:After Jenke is rendered mortal, Lucas fills him full of lead and doesn't stop until he stops moving. He then walks over, sticks the gun in his mouth and fires one last shot just to make sure he's dead for good.]]
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: Jenke starts adding "bitch" to his sentences during the climactic confrontation.
* WouldHurtAChild: Jenke slices off a girl's head right on front of Lucas in the opening scene.
* YouCantKillWhatsAlreadyDead: Jenke is essentially invulnerable as a ghost, as he's already dead. [[spoiler:It takes bringing him back all the way and then killing him in a way that didn't involve electricity to put him down for good.]]
* YourHeadAsplode: After Prof. Campbell's severed head in the other side reminds Lucas on how to defeat Jenke, he explodes.