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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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 legendary local maniac known only as Dr. Satan. When an attractive and mysterious hitchhiker subsequently offers to give the thrill seekers a personal tour of Dr. Satan's old stabbing grounds, a breakdown forces them to take refuge with a group of menacing oddballs as a fearsome storm rages outside. As the evening progresses and the backwoods hosts' Halloween festivities become ever more threatening, the teens soon realize that the legend of Dr. Satan may hold a bit more contemporary weight than any of them had previously thought. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast

Sid Haig
as Capt. Spaulding
Bill Moseley
as Otis Driftwood
Chris Hardwick
as Jerry Goldsmith
Erin Daniels
as Denise Willis
Dennis Fimple
as Grampa Hugo
Jennifer Jostyn
as Mary Knowles
Rainn Wilson
as Bill Hudley
Walton Goggins
as Steve Naish
Tom Towles
as George Wydell
William H. Bassett
as Sheriff Huston
Irwin Keyes
as Ravelli
Harrison Young
as Don Willis
Chad Bannon
as Killer Karl
Karen Black
as Mother Firefly
Sheri Moon Zombie
as Baby Firefly
Joe Dobbs III
as Gerry Ober
Joe Dobbs
as Gerry Ober
Judith Drake
as Skunk Ape Wife
Ken Johnson
as Skunk Ape Husband
Gregg Gibbs
as Dr. Wolfenstein
Jake McKinnon
as The Professor
Irvin Mosley Jr.
as Lewis Dover
Walter Phelan
as Dr. Satan
David Reynolds VII
as Richard Wick
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Critic Reviews for House of 1000 Corpses

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Audience Reviews for House of 1000 Corpses

  • 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
  • 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
  • Oct 22, 2012
    An interesting and goofy movie that left me laughing more than it did shaking in fear. I think this has to do mainly with the adolescent way the film was shot.
    Jason 123 D Super Reviewer

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