->''"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:

* 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.
* 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.
* MadeOfIron: It takes a lot of voltage to kill Jenke on the electric chair.
-->'''Jenke''': All that did was give me a hard on!
* 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.
* 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.
* YourHeadAsplode: After Prof. Campbell's severed head in the other side reminds Lucas on how to defeat Jenke, he explodes.