House of 1000 Corpses

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

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An empty fuel tank and a flat tire lead two couples down a terror-riddled road to the House of 1000 Corpses. "House of 1000 Corpses" is at its core a story of family - a cast of twisted individuals who, with each slash of a throat or stab thru the chest, add bodies to their sick human menagerie.

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  • Dec 08, 2019
    At it's best it's a brutally entertaining thrill ride homage to classic horror films of the 70s. At it's worst it's a sickening exercise in depravity and the relishing of human suffering. Which side of the spectrum you most find it will really depend on your tolerance level. I guess I'm somewhere in the middle. I love the gritty gross feel akin to Texas Chainsaw and similar films, but the sheer brutality and pornographic enjoyment of torture got to be frankly uncomfortable at times. At other times though, it's a godamn blast. While it's controversial, I actually love the final act. Supposedly this all started as a pitch for a haunted house attraction, and I can see that. It's a bit much, but the bat*** insane Resident Evil style shenanigans are just fun for me. It's a mixed bag, some of it's really unpleasant, but a lot of it I really like.
    Michael M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 11, 2015
    Zombie is one of the most innovative, exciting and provocative horror filmmakers in the industry today and House of 1000 Corpses is not meant to be thoughtful or genius in any way, it is meant to be the kind of film that is taken with a pinch of salt, a blood-soaked, southern fried homage to everything that inspires Zombie as an artist. The film features a sadistic serial killing family and reads of their exploits during a rainy halloween night as they unleash pure villainy against an annoying troupe of american teens. The things that happen get more and more fucked up as the film progresses and its really quite a ride. The acting is corny as hell, even from horror veteran Karen Black and to be honest I'm not sure if the bad acting is intended or not, but it bodes well with the cheesy parts of the script and low budget sets. It's a good film definitely.
    Harry W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 12, 2015
    Heavy throwback elements make up most of House of 1000 Corpses' runtime, from an era when Zombie was still finding his footing. It maybe leans too heavily on a nostalgia that I simply don't have, but personally I found this to be one of Zombie's weaker entries. Great song! But I don't totally love the movie. I like it. I wish that some of the parts I found more interesting, like Doctor Satan, got a bit more play, and both the acting and video quality often leave something to be desired, but still, I like it.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 08, 2013
    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.
    Cameron S Super Reviewer

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