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House of 1000 Corpses Reviews

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½ September 3, 2017
Very strange and confusing but enjoyable at some parts.
August 21, 2017
One-of-a-kind musician Rob Zombie makes his love for horror even more obvious with this, his directorial/screenwriting debut. It's not a particularly original film but I don't think it was intended to be. Also, Zombie seldom goes for instant scares, opting instead for atmosphere, suspense and shock. The score, co-written of course by him, was very good, as was the editing and the overall direction. It plays like an homage to his favourite horror films but via his own visual and sonic aesthetics.
August 11, 2017
Damn good movie if you like old school horror!
June 10, 2017
Deeply unnerving and brutally sadistic, House of 1,000 Corpses is a terrifying, bizarre and visionary nightmare of an experience oozing with gore and featuring scary performances from Bill Moseley and Sheri Moon Zombie -- as well as a chilling debut for writer-director Rob Zombie's promising career in horror.
½ June 8, 2017
Sloopy, incoherent film with a flawed story narrative and hallow characters that you could care less about. This film is 90 minutes or so of unpleasant gore porn. You wind up questioning why you even bothered watching this by the end of the film.
½ May 24, 2017
Not a horrible horror movie. If I never see it again, that would be ok.
May 20, 2017
Extreme horror films hadn't hit it big until a couple years later in 2005 when Eli Roth's "Hostel" came out and I think if this film had been released around that time it might have been a bigger success. Instead, this film took some years to find it's cult following. The story, such as it is, follows a group of young people, two of which are played by Chris Hardwick and Rainn Wilson, ironically visiting the roadside attraction "The Museum of Monsters & Madmen" run by the wonderfully creep Sid Haig as the clown-faced Captain Spaulding. From there, the film becomes something of a greatest hits of 70s grindhouse horror films. Writer/director Rob Zombie has made a grizzly love letter to films ranging from "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" to "Last House on the Left" to "The Hills Have Eyes" to "Spider Baby" to really too many to mention. Zombie has some nice visual stylistics (grainy black & white documentary-like footage, an incredibly long crane shot, or delightfully creepy over-the-top production design) mixed among others that don't quiet work (mainly the ugly photo negative effects). Also in the film's positive column is a to-die-for cast of character actors, including Karen Black, Bill Moseley, Irwin Keyes, Sheri Moon Zombie, Bill Moseley, Dennis Fimple, and Michael J. Pollard. The overall effect of all this is a disconnected mishmash of partially developed ideas that felt as if Zombie was trying to cram in every single horror movie idea he'd ever had into one film. If there is a unifying story, it's the teens trying to survive their captivity by the maniacal Firefly family, which then follows the classic "last girl" horror trope. However there are tons of dangling story threads involving the legend of Doctor Satan, Tom Towels and Walton Goggins investigating the missing teens, or just odd one off musical numbers and other throwaways scenes. Still, despite the film being kind of a mess, it's also kind of a glorious mess for fans of the type of film Zombie is celebrating.
½ May 6, 2017
Directorial debut from shock rocker Rob Zombie, house of 1000 corpses is a promising, cult horror film. About a group of cross country bag packers documenting roadside attractions whom get kidnapped by a family of psychopathic killers. An out and out crazy, violent gore fest, which Zombie's experimental filming style really captured the insanity. A great and different horror.
April 15, 2017
'House' is ambitious, 'House' is trademark Zombie, 'House' is a little bit up itself. The cinematic equivalent of Rob Zombie master-bating to Fulci references for 90 minutes. Do with that information what you will, the last twenty minutes are a scream!
½ April 3, 2017
Zombie defiantly can make a horror film that is funny but at times very disturbing to watch. THIS MOVIE IS NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART....
March 26, 2017
Creepy and intense, what a great horror flick!
½ March 12, 2017
A super weird rip-off movie. This movie is almost not original. It takes a lot of things from "The Texas Chainsaw Massacare" and all sorts of other movies. It also has a weird plot. A random family in the middle of no were have an underground labyrinth were they hide a serial killer doctor, and give him patients? Very far out for reality. On the plus side of this movie is the amazing acting and epic character of captain Spaulding. This guy made the movie, and Sid Hair did an amazing job as the role. The gas station with the murder ride was super cool! One other thing I liked was the great set design. So overall this movie wasn't the best. Although it does have its great little charm to it.
March 12, 2017
A misunderstood gem, True horror fans for this specific genre will absolutely love the style and art that this film produces. Another Amazing Rob Zombie movie to stay as the best in my book.
March 4, 2017
It's very unique and stylish as far as torture porn goes. As far as the content itself, there isn't an original bone in any of its thousand corpses.
February 24, 2017
This film is genius - you just have to watch the sequel right afterwards to know for sure.
February 16, 2017
I'm really surprised all these people don't like this movie. It's really crazy and full of murders, I really thing it's the best Rob Zombie movie
February 7, 2017
Good dumb fun at turns. Sheri Moon Zombie is hot. Other than that, I've gotten better scares at a Halloween fun house.
February 7, 2017
Being the directorial debut of metal music legend Rob Zombie, House of 1000 Corpses sounded like

House of 1000 Corpses can be credited with two major labels: Rob Zombie's first feature length film and his own version of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974). Neither of these really pay any credibility to the man. It's obvious for anyone watching the film that the director's prior experience lies in making psychedelic music videos. The man's distinct style for combining surreal lighting, heat-sensor colours, slow motion, stock footage and home video style footage will please the most dedicated Rob Zombie fans and drugged up audiences. But for those in search of a coherent narrative, it's best to look elsewhere. The entire film plays out like one long music video strung together by an extremely loose plot. If the plot doesn't deter you, the excessive manner in which the film frantically cuts between varying visual styles without any consistent look or narrative structure turns the film into a jumbled mishmash of subplots with arbitrary relevance to any kind of actual story. There is no real build-up with the story as the film keeps cutting away to shots of random characters performing lude acts or other arbitrary elements, and it ends up becoming difficult to keep up with and inconsistent with any kind of visual appeal. I can certainly admit that there are many things about House of 1000 Corpses that I find appealing to look at, but they end up being blunted by Rob Zombie's psychedelic ambitions. The entire production design for the film is awesome because the production is constructed out of a keen eye for the most sick and twisted eye for imagery you could imagine. The entire setting for the film is a derelict mansion full of damaged furniture, mutilated toys secret rooms set against the backdrop of the secluded backroads of with satanic fields of graves and secret underground passages, and that is nothing short of the iconic horror setup. The only problem is that all the shifts in the visual style that captures it renders it inconsistent with visual appeal. House of 1000 Corpses is not short on horror atmosphere as the setting is perfectly horrific, but the jarring shifts in Rob Zombie's visual style makes it difficult to appreciate to its maximum potential.
The story is the other issue in House of 1000 Corpses. In attempting to pay homage to both The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Hills Have Eyes (1977), the director actually remakes them. But rather than being an original and gleeful homage to 1970's horror cinema, House of 1000 Corpses ends up being simply a derivative and predictable film. The narrative attempts to avoid its generic path by cutting between the subplots of multiple characters and their many victims so that the lacklustre story can hide behind a rising body count, but keeping up with every character's individual formulaic story is confusing, annoying and overall pointless. House of 1000 Corpses is a series of different horror concepts strung together by no plot and a frantic pace which just cuts from one form of horror imagery to the next. The film certainly is certainly striking with all its gruesome murders and exploitation nature, but a film aiming to be a clear drive-in horror movie should not be this difficult to keep up with. But with every subplot just piling upon a story which has no grounding, audiences will eventually have to learn to turn off their brains more than they could have imagined before. House of 1000 Corpses is not a film which encourages thinking as it lacks coherence in narrative and in imagery, and despite its sporadic sparks of inspiration and exploitation ambition it is a clear sign that Rob Zombie is not yet at a point where he has the sense to construct a full-fledged feature film.
However, House of 1000 Corpses does have the best intentions. Rather than trying to take influence from older horror films, the fact that Rob Zombie makes an active attempt to create one definitely shows some flair. He goes overboard in many areas, but his clear sense of exploitation horror manages to create some gruesome and shocking content. The dialogue is entertaining as well because it is proudly obscene and stupid without ever being pretentiously dramatic, effectively giving an edge of dark humour to the film and making the antagonists into interesting characters. Even if the man still has progress to make in story coherence, House of 1000 Corpses is energetic and atmospheric enough to show the director's potential. And the way he treats his characters means that the cast of House of 1000 Corpses really get to have a fun time acting insane.
The protagonists of the story are stock characters who exist for no other reason than to be tortured by the Firefly family with the only memorable one being Rainn Wilson due to the fact that his presence comes from just prior to his career hitting a high point with the role of Dwight Schrute from The Office (2005-2013). As far as standouts go, it comes in at a four way tie between the most prominent antagonists of the film.
The first character to take note of in House of 1000 Corpses is Captain Spaulding. Sid Haig enters the film in clown makeup and makes an effectively creepy presence. His typical southern manner of speaking combined with his clown nature brings strong black humour into the film, and the actor's tenacious line delivery makes it difficult to tell when he's joking or posing a threat. He immediately prepares audiences for the darkly comedic thrill ride of a Rob Zombie film, and even when the narrative structure collapses in on itself, Captain Spaulding's scenes still exist independently as the one aspect of the film with any sensible pacing and genuine consistency. Sid Haig's dark charm is not burdened by the film's faults and thus shines brightly with the glory of its dark humour, making him one of the most memorable assets to the film.
Karen Black also makes a memorable appearance. The Academy Award-nominated actress carries a slight sense of nostalgia due to how her presence reflects upon the glory of her 70's career in a time when the genre House of 1000 Corpses aims to follow was thriving. But more importantly, she really sinks into the psychotic nature of the character. If you combined Jennifer Coolidge's performance as Stifler's Mom from American Pie (1999) with Jacki Weaver's Academy Award nominated role as Janine "Smurf" Cody in Animal Kingdom (2010), you would get someone along the lines of Mother Firefly. She's a sexual deviant with a typical pornstar charm to her, yet her dominant nature as the family matriarch makes her a commanding presence even without her having to be dramatic. She just has fun with the role, and as a result captures the perfect edge that Rob Zombie is going for. Karen Black delivers a career redefining performance in House of 1000 Corpses.
Bill Moseley is also a memorable presence. Cast clearly on the basis of his iconic role as Chop Top in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986), Bill Moseley replicates what made him so iconic in the first place without directly copying the character. He looks pretty much identical in both roles, yet in House of 1000 Corpses he tones down the comic nature of his natural persona to be more intimidating. He still carries his comic elements, but he seems far more sadistic this time as he goes into his self-indulgent and psychotic rants to the victims. His very presence in the film is a perfect piece of fan service, and his shows that he has lost none of the maniacal charm that made him so popular in horror film communities. Bill Moseley finds his second coming as a horror icon working with Rob Zombie who knows how to bring out the best in him, so House of 1000 Corpses proves another solid platform for his charismatic sense of dark humour and horror.
Lastly, House of 1000 Corpses also serves as the feature film debut of later scream queen Sheri Moon. Now known as the distinctive casting choice of any Rob Zombie film, Sheri Moon proves her potential in House of 1000 Corpses by creating her own rendition of a more psychotic Harley Quinn. She presents herself as an airhead blonde on the surface and manages to make it both a true aspect of the character and a front to disguise the far more twisted nature of the character. Her high pitched voice and gleeful energy make her sadistic nature all the more frightening, and the way she actively works to be both the submissive daughter seeking the approval of her family and a twisted psychopath of her own right shows that she has clearly put thought into the character. Sheri Moon makes a strong start to her scream queen legacy in House of 1000 Corpses.

House of 1000 Corpses shows a flair for Rob Zombie's strength with building a strong horror atmosphere, crafting some memorably freaky characters and wringing strong performances out of his cast, but his overbearing visual style and convoluted narrative structure proves too difficult to handle at feature length.
January 28, 2017
I love the horror genre although most of the movies in this category end up being terrible i still continue searching through the never ending lists on hulu and netflix hoping to see something new or different. House of 1000 corpses is neither new or different and in some ways is a pretty generic horror flick, that being said i love it and it is one of my favorite movies, one i can watch multiple times and still enjoy it, which with horror is a rare thing, i dont care much for zombies music in fact i hate metal but for a first go this was deff a success, not sure why the "critics" hated this one but hey those guys are usually wrong anyways. If you havnt seen it, see it well worth the time
January 15, 2017
Classic and unique. Rob Zombie's best film by far.
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