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House of 1000 Corpses (2002)

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Average Rating: 3.4/10
Reviews Counted: 79
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 64

There's an abundance of gore in this derivative horror movie, but little sense or wit.

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Average Rating: 2.6/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 14

There's an abundance of gore in this derivative horror movie, but little sense or wit.

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Taking his cue from such 1970s horror classics as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) and The Hills Have Eyes (1977), animated rocker Rob Zombie goes celluloid with the throwback shocker House of 1000 Corpses. Running low on gas as they travel the highways of America in search of the ultimate roadside attraction, a group of teens pull into Captain Spaulding's (Sid Haig) museum of oddities (which also offers fried chicken and gasoline) only to become obsessed with uncovering the mystery of a

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Rob Zombie

Aug 12, 2003

$12.6M

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All Critics (88) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (64) | DVD (22)

Zombie wants his film to be gleefully demented, but he fails to grasp that loud, inbred evil people torturing stupid, grating benign people isn't disturbing as much as tedious.

April 25, 2003 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Possibly the greatest waste of celluloid since Jerry Lewis was first allowed to stand before a camera.

April 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Comments (2)
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In this field of endeavour, any intense reaction is unsustainable, for the obvious reason that the guiding principle of repetition comes with an inevitable corollary and unavoidable side-effect -- sheer boredom.

April 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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House of 1000 Corpses isn't coherent, exactly, but what dripping-ghoul horror movie is these days?

April 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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A cobwebbed, mummified horror entry that makes obvious, cartoonishly grotesque demands for attention.

April 15, 2003 Full Review Source: Variety
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Wit follows coherence out the window.

April 15, 2003 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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This in-your-face homage to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is the most unrelentingly sadistic flick to come out of Hollywood in quite some time.

February 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

Cheesy, vapid, contrived, and shallow...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

I can applaud House of 1000 Corpses on at least one level: The movie has absolutely no interest whatsoever in sanitized horror.

September 24, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Le réalisateur cite abondamment, mais ne parvient jamais à donner un sens à ses élans qui finissent par s'éparpiller dans un fourre-tout incohérent et anormalement tapageur

July 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Panorama

Um filme tão estúpido e mal realizado que me despertou o desejo de agredir fisicamente o diretor-roteirista Rob Zombie, cujo sobrenome deve fazer referência ao seu intelecto.

October 3, 2005
Cinema em Cena

A disaster area.

June 20, 2005 Full Review Source: FromTheBalcony

Those who are tired of Hollywood's dead weight aesthetic might at least find some surprise offered here. It's not good, but it's alive on the screen.

July 6, 2004 Full Review Source: F5 (Wichita, KS)

It is disturbing, to say the least, and seems destined for 'cult classic' status.

January 5, 2004 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

The most competent Ed Wood film ever made.

December 6, 2003 Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com
CinemaBlend.com

I was never scared by this B-movie or its Grade-Z dialogue. The film usually has such a cartoonish, pulpy feel that all the spills and chills seem fake and unsurprising.

December 1, 2003
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Redneck humour + heavy metal video mentality = the future of horror

October 28, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Gazette

That rare film that strives for cult status and will most likely achieve it.

October 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

A tour-de-farce of depressing inanity, that's unable to do anything more than offer a messy, incoherent pastiche of other, better movies.

September 30, 2003 Full Review Source: BBC

Unintentionally comical like a bad '70s slasher flick, but also enthralling in a circus freak show sort of way.

September 9, 2003 | Comment (1)
Radio Free Entertainment

The movie that no studio wanted... and with good reason.

August 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

The gory bloodbaths are as gratuitous as ten Friday The 13ths combined on a Halloween night: if ever there was a film destined for Rocky Horror cultdom, this sanguinary delight is it.

July 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Peterborough This Week

Underneath the unhinged surfaces of this film is a tight little thriller that really grabs hold and never lets go.

July 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Comments (4)
Shadows on the Wall

It's like a Clive Barker gore-fest as interpreted by an idiot carnival showman, robbed of anything that would make it work.

June 26, 2003 Full Review

There's a sense of overkill-no pun intended-that stops being drive-in fun and becomes exhausting.

June 25, 2003 Full Review Source: ToxicUniverse.com
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Still, it's impossible not to admire any movie with a soundtrack that includes Helen Kane singing 'I Wanna Be Loved by You' and Slim Whitman yodeling 'I Remember You.'

May 7, 2003 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for House of 1000 Corpses

As an auteur Rob Zombie has established himself as a macabre force to be reckoned with; a wild card in the horror genre whose ambiguous morals challenge the codes and conventions of modern Hollywood cinema. His debut feature "House of 1000 Corpses" encapsulates perfectly his positioning as a maverick and opens up a door into a depraved and brutal world.

Set in the 70s and based on the exploitation films of the same time, the story follows four travelling writers Bill Hudley (Rainn Wilson), Stucky (Michael J. Pollard), Denise and Mary (Erin Daniels and Jennifer Jostyn) who are rescued by a family of sadistic serial killers whilst stuck in the rain; initially unknowing of their saviours evil intents, the group soon become subjected to a series of increasingly horrific torture.

Although the premise is the same as numerous other films' 'The House of 1000 corpses' sets itself apart with it's uncontrollable style and blunt force. Despite being told through the eyes of it's heroes, the real stars of the story are its villains 'The Firefly family', with Otis B. Driftwood (Bill Moseley) and Baby (Sheri Moon Zombie) in particular being the main points of attraction. It is apparent throughout the extent of the film that Zombie is in love with his deranged creations, giving them ample opportunities to spout their morally astray ideologies in nightmarish and often heavily sexualised montages made up of gothic imagery and visions of death ("Whatever you need to do, you do it. There is no wrong. If someone needs to be killed, you kill 'em. That's the way").

Such use of narrative fragmentation would appear un-immersive if not for the film's sporadic, maniacal and unpredictable editing, which often uses effects such as split screen and archive style footage to unrelentingly draw audience's into its dark world. Where the film falters however is with its ambition, causing the unpredictable to become predictable, an example of this is the way in which Zombie frequently fills viewers with hope for their protagonists only to take it away, and, although effective the first two or so times, this gimmick quickly becomes overused and is outwardly tiresome by the end of the film. As well as this HO1C fails where many other modern horrors do, in its climax, which is overlong and descends into an unbridled sense of absurdity and un-believability.

Verdict: A master class in technical and tonal horror, House of 1000 Corpses is let down by the pitfalls of most modern horror.
November 8, 2013
Cameron Sherwell

Super Reviewer

For me at least, I find it hard for me to go into any form of detail about this film without first talking about the director. I am something of a mediocre fan of Rob Zombie. I mean, I like his music well enough and as an artist, I have respect for him. With my first two Zombie films I saw were his Halloween films, I got it that he loves paying tribute to the horror films that inspired him like he did with the lyrics to his music. What makes this film different from the Halloween films is how he handles the material he was given. Now, this is by no means a great film. In fact, as a film itself it is mediocre. Yeah, it has a great cult following, but as someone that knows what Zombie was going for, and what this film tried to do, I will not say it is great. But it is BEYOND fun to watch. With Zombie, if you have seen his music videos, the direction is not any way, shape, or form better than what you have already seen. But what makes this film great is how he has the film laid out. Taking ideas from directors, he never tries to improve the horror genre. In fact, he seems to want to create a hour and a half love letter to the obscure, low, disgusting horror films that you only hear about via horror geeks. The purpose is simple: wipe out the way horror films have been created as (soft core porn) and return them to the grotesque, evil, and just plain sadistic way horror (mainly slasher films) was meant to be. But what makes me love this film to watch is how funny the dialogue is. From the get go, it is shown that if you are looking for sophisticated characters, those that you can attach yourself to and see different angles to, then you have the wrong film. This movie gives each character one personality and it is either annoying or fun. As to which one is which, well, just look at who lives and dies. With this, the acting is not all that great, and should not have been great. In this type of film, great acting would kind of kill the overall feel that it was trying to achieve. This is Zombieâ(TM)s directorial debut, and as such, he does have one main problem: LOTS of dropped ideas. Part of the plot of this film is to have a character known as Dr. Satan and his exploits. You only see him once in the entire film and his appearance is something of a buzz kill. Then you have the murderous family parts, the cops parts, and all of this that is later replaced with attention being focused on the gore shots. Okay Zombie, as a film critic, here is some advice: only keep the subplots that will work and develop them. I know I said that this was just a fun film and one to not take seriously, but with huge plot holes that donâ(TM)t go anywhere, plot devices that really serve no purpose, it kills the film for me. But the best thing, and the part that redeems this film, is just the dialogue. I know I kind of already touched on this topic, but I just canâ(TM)t love the words in this film enough. Mainly with the Firefly family, the dialogue just goes and destroys every stereotype imaginable for a backwashed family in the middle of no where. Now, why I love this is due to how natural it flows from the actors. Mainly with Bill Moseley (known for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Repo! The Genetic Opera, and The Devilâ(TM)s Carnival) and how he allows his character to take over. It is truly hysterical. In the end, this is how a typical debut for a director should be: try everything you want, just be prepared to have the film hated. However, given the giant cult fan base this film has, that is not really the case. But for me, I am kind of in the middle with this film. The cinema snob in me wants to bash this film, calling it trash. The film geek in me wants to love this film for how funny it is, how much it pays tribute to films I love, and just the chance to see the great Rob Zombie make a movie. With this film, I am going with my film geek side. Now, am I saying go out and watch this film? Only if you can handle a LOT of gore and weird images. If you can handle it, make sure you have some fried chicken ready and sit back for one interesting and loving film.
June 15, 2012
Zach Brehany

Super Reviewer

Rob Zombie's horror movie debut was a complete disaster. It's obvious that Zombie was a big fan of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre". I'm not sure if he was paying homage to it, or if "House of 1000 Corpses" was an amateur's attempt at ripping it off. It doesn't really matter, because it fails miserably either way. You'd think with as much gore and deviant behavior that's shoved down the viewer's throat, scenes would be occasionally, or at least accidentally disturbing. The film never accomplished anything that even made me mildly uncomfortable. The direction has no attention span, the movie just bounces around incoherently. People with taste in music should avoid Rob Zombie, and fans of horror should avoid "House of 1000 Corpses".
June 1, 2012
Jason Calvin

Super Reviewer

Rob Zombie has been a horror fan for years. So when he decided to make a film it was no surprise that he would make a horror film. House of a 1000 Corpses is his first nightmarish vision captured on film. Corpses, though a flawed film, does it's job at creating something new and exciting. We are introduced the most deranged family in horror history since the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. One thing thats very interesting about the characters is that every characters are named after Groucho Marx characters. House Of A 1000 is a thrilling, rejuvenating film in the horror genre and some fans and critics alike have noticed similarities between this film, and TCM. Some claim that Rob Zombie plays out his as a homage to the old school horror films. In part, I'd say it's true. But in the end, who cares? He's made a good little horror film thats worth to check out, and it doesn't matter if it's a homage or not. The film still terrifies across the screen, and by the films end you know that the Firefly family are not to be messed with.
May 7, 2012
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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    1. Baby: I outta rip you tits off and shove them down your throat.
    – Submitted by Jimmy G (18 months ago)
    1. Captain Spaulding: I'll tell you what ski king, how about you take home yo momma some chicken and then I won't have to stuff my boot all up in yo ass!
    – Submitted by candace c (20 months ago)
    1. Otis: [looking at Jerry while wearing a mask made of human skin] What was this guy looking for? Oh! I remember... You were trying to find Dr. Satan. Well how about we go and find him...
    2. Jerry: [moaning and grunting] Fuck you!
    3. Otis: [takes off mask] It's all true. The boogeyman is real, and you found him.
    – Submitted by Noah G (2 years ago)
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