Film / Funny Man

Funny Man is a 1994 British horror comedy film written and directed by Simon Sprackling.

Record producer Max Taylor (Benny Young) wins a mansion in England in a game of poker from a man named Callum Change (Christopher Lee). When Max arrives at the premises with his family, they come in contact with a deadly supernatural jokester known as the Funny Man (Tim James) who lives within its walls.

This film has examples of:

  • Antagonist Title: No name is given to the villainous jester, but he is credited as The Funny Man.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: The Funny Man frequently makes comments to the audience about his victims.
  • Captain Ersatz: Thelma, with her glasses, orange sweater and haircut, looks exactly like Velma from Scooby-Doo. Even when Johnny says her name out loud, he says Velma instead of Thelma.
  • Cartoon Bomb: The puppeteer loses half of his head when he finds himself in a Punch and Judy show where the main characters plant a bomb labelled as a bomb on top of his head.
  • Death by Irony: Most of the deaths are related to the characters' hobbies and dreams. One example is Thelma, an avid birdwatcher, who is given a death thematically similar to the other birdwatching hobby; duck hunting.
  • Destination Defenestration: After Johnny learns about that his brother Max stiffed him a job in The Rolling Stones, he appears before him and flies through a window.
  • Epigraph: The film opens on a quote from The Bible, specifically from the book of Corinthians.
  • Eye Scream: Funny Man sticks a heel of a high-heeled shoe to the Hard Man's left eye.
  • Fingertip Drug Analysis: When Max finds himself in a dark space with a mysterious pile of white powder on front of him, he tastes it to make sure if it's really cocaine.
  • Gag Boobs: When Funny Man appears as a stripper to the Hard Man, he has a pair of very fake and pointy breasts.
  • Gag Penis: Funny Man has a rather exaggerated codpiece.
  • Genre Savvy: Thanks to her Tarot cards, Psychic Commando is aptly prepared to confront the Funny Man.
  • Guns Akimbo: Funny Man confronts Psychic Commando with two revolvers in hand.
  • Jerkass: The Hard Man, who is constantly a dick to the puppeteer.
  • Laughably Evil: The Funny Man is essentially a British Freddy Krueger.
  • Male Gaze: As the hitchhikers help Max to move the crates from his van, the camera lingers on Thelma's exposed knickers.
  • Man in White: Callum Change, whenever he is shown, wears a completely white outfit.
  • Meaningful Name: Change, a gambler who has decorated his house with card motifs.
  • Motifs: Cards, gambling, Punch and Judy, jokers and jesters.
  • My Card: When Max comes face to face with the Funny Man, he asks who he is. Funny Man presents a joker card and says; "My card."
  • No Name Given: Aside from Thelma, no names are given to the hitchhikers that Johnny picks up. The credits name them as The Psychic Commando, The Crap Puppeteer and The Hard Man.
  • The Stinger: After the credits, the Funny Man appears to adress the audience once more.
  • Title Drop: "You're a funny man Mr. Taylor. But I have met funnier. And you will too."
  • Villainous Harlequin: The Funny Man himself.
  • Voice Changeling: Funny Man mimics Johnny's voice as he speaks to his parents behind a door.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Funny Man's first victim is Max's son Harry.