House of 1,000 Corpses (2003)

Nothing could ever prepare the world for the circus sideshow that is Rob Zombie's HOUSE OF 1,000 CORPSES. It is no wonder Universal and MGM shelved the film after its completion for fear of the devastating effect it would have on their reputations. Shot like some sort of acid-induced Heavy Metal video, HOUSE borders on genius and sheer madness, but the disjointed narrative structure and crude editing show signs of Zombie's inexperience. Two couples run into trouble on Halloween Eve when they set out to find the burial site of local legend Dr. Satan. After going flat on an old country road, a beautiful hitchhiker lures the tourists to her family's decrepit home, where they are beaten and tortured before they come face to face with Dr. Satan! The entire picture plays out like a fan boy's wet dream, making frequent pop-culture references while filling out the cast with B-movie icons like Bill Moseley, Sid Haig, and Karen Black in a series of bizarre and frightening new roles. HOUSE most successfully emulates the filthy look and feel of 70's Exploitation pictures like TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE or THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, leaving the viewer in a disgusted state of shock after each of the grueling torture sequences. With HOUSE OF 1,000 CORPSES, Rob Zombie ushers in an unbridled new style of excessive Horror filmmaking that is wildly entertaining, but severely lacking in its basic storytelling techniques.

Rating: 6/10.
Entertainment: 8/10.
Gore: 7/10.

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  1. Definitely going to House of 1000 Corpses this October, along with Devil's Rejects and RZ's two Halloween flicks. I don't care what anyone says, I love Rob Zombie's movies.

  2. too bad one of those 1000 corpes wasn't Sherry Moon Zombie's talentless ass giving up so-called "acting" via DYING.

    much prefered Devil's Rejects over this, but that ain't saying much either.

    better than his remakes, worse than his music.... next....

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  4. i only counted 999 corpses... i feel cheated in some way. i enjoyed zombie's first romp... and the start of seeing his wife in everything...
    what's that spell...
    good times.

  5. This one was weird and nasty, but I felt something great was going to come from Zombie eventually. Instead, he went on to trash the Halloween series. Bleh!

  6. I've always said that one thing I wish I could do was run around in Zombie's head, browsing his files. The man has one hell of a twisted mind. I can't say 1000 Corpses is good or bad because it's just.......there. And just......really psycho. I like it better than Devil's Rejects and I like both of those better than either one of his Halloween remakes. I'd like to see him steer away from the almost(and sometimes overt)incestuous, inbred, white trash element he puts into everything and see what else he can come up with. And I'd like to see him stay away from remakes......forever.

  7. I was just talking about this film with the other J (J.Astro) a day or two ago. I really loved this flick when it first came out, simply because of how wild and psychotic it was (and saw what you will about Ms. Moon's acting ability, that girl looks good in a pair of jeans!). But when Devil's Rejects came out (a much stronger, tighter film in my opinion), it made me realize the weaknesses in House of 1000 Corpses. I still enjoy it, though.

    Good review!

  8. I'll have the post up on DR today, but it is faaar superior than House by all means. I hated this film the first 5 times I watched it, but something just kept calling me back to it. Still dont LOVE it, but I have grown fond of it as a guilty pleasure.

  9. I hated HOTC the first time I saw it but loved it from the second viewing on. I think the "hype" is what got to me but once that wore off, I appreciated it. To compare HOTC to Rejects is unfair. Even though Rejects is a sequel, at least to me they feel like 2 totally different films.

  10. Agreed Geof, DR is much more of a companion piece that happens to share similar characters

  11. I saw it opening day after getting off from 3rd shift. I went back a few days later because I thought the movie couldn't have been as bad as I thought it was. The second time wasn't any better. I later bought the DVD and watched it the third, and most likely last time.

    Personally, I think the studio shelved it because they realized what a titanic stinker they had on their hands.

    I do think the film had a speckle of creepy imagery here and there and a couple scenes successfully captured a cinematic nightmare, but none of the victims were remotely interesting in the least. Robbie Z. again focuses all his attention on his "heroes", the serial killers in the film.

  12. I had the same reaction here V, it literally took 6 times before I liked it. I had to keep going back to it though because I didn't understand why so many people liked it. Hated it five straight viewings.