House of 1000 Corpses
You'll never get out alive.
Two teenage couples traveling across the backwoods of Texas searching for urban legends of serial killers end up as prisoners of a bizarre and sadistic backwater family of serial killers.
"Goddamn, motherfucker got blood all over my best clown suit."
House of 1000 Corpses is one of those films I really like that most people hate. I'm OK with that because I think everyone has films like that. It just appeals to me and my fucked up sense of humor.
You see the thing is if you take this film as a serious horror it sucks. It's not scary, creepy, or anything like that. Now if you look at it more as a horror comedy I think it works. I found myself laughing out loud more often then not at the ridiculous characters and the fucked up shit they would say and do. There's some pretty dark stuff…
Afraid of sounding like a cliché, but it has to be done.
I can't even. I literally cannot even. I am unable to even. I have lost my ability to even.
I'm unable to even make sense. Which must be considered the biggest tribute to House of 1000 Corpses.
Because House of 1000 Corpses is - like myself - unable to even, because it can't even, because it isn't even.
It's fucking weird.
And not just the twisty let's-change-the-entire-plot-halfway-through kind of weird. It's just weird for the sake of being weird.
The plot is hovering somewhere around zero and minus one on the plot-o-meter. While what's left of the film struggles to figure out if it wants to scare us,…
Rob Zombie is like Quentin Tarantino to me. They are both human Cuisinarts, who have been watching movies their whole life, absorbing all these influences, and then blend them all up and somehow what comes out is completely new and fresh. Zombie just puts most of the emphasis on different kinds of influences is all.
Essentially a Rob Zombie-fied remix of THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE, the film has its problems (mostly in the pacing and structure departments), but it absolutely has style to burn. It's worth watching for Zombie's haunted-house-style art direction, set decoration and props alone, which are simply unparalleled. This movie truly looks like Halloween (the holiday) FEELS. And in Sid Haig's Captain Spaulding, he created one…
Awesome for the first ten minutes or so, then terrible for the next half hour, at which point I turned off.
“It's all true. The bogeyman is real and you found him.”
-Otis B. Driftwood (Bill Moseley)
Film 26 of October 2012 – Halloween Season of Horror!
At the risk of sacrificing all critical credence I feel I must begin by stating; I FUCKING LOVE THIS MOVIE! WOOAARRGHH!
Okeydokey, now that’s out of the way, I am obliged to also say that I can indeed see how amateurish musician Rob Zombie’s directorial debut is, certainly by comparison to his follow up two years after, The Devil’s Rejects. However, despite its abundance of shortcomings, House of 1000 Corpses is one of my personal favourites in the genre, if only for Zombie’s incredible amount of ambition, and as such I’m going to provide…
Such a shitty horror film. Fucking stupid. Made no sense. Not in a trippy "doesn't make sense" kind of way. More in a "what studio would accept this piece of shit script" kind of way.
Depraved nonsensical trash from start to finish. Urgh.
Give it a pass since found the movie to be visually interesting in pretty much every scene. The production design is the real highlight of the film. This is basically Rob Zombie's version of Texas Chainsaw Massacre, not nearly as disturbing as that classic film.
Rob Zombies directorial debut, House of 1000 Corpses, is the first of a few Rob Zombie films I have on my watchlist. And it seemed natural to start with his first one first!
The story.... group of young people are on a road trip, researching for a book on weird roadside attractions. They come across the Museum of Monsters and Madmen which is run by the psychotic looking Captain Spaulding. He tells the young people of the legend of Dr Satan who apparently was hung from a nearby tree. The youngsters obviously go and investigate and through circumstances they all end up in the house of a bunch of crazy murderous rednecks. As is always the case.
I have to…
"It's all true. The boogeyman is real and you found him".
Rob Zombie's House of 1000 Corpses is the epiteme of a film that isn't for everyone. Some will see it as a Texas Chainsaw ripoff, gorefest or too fucked up to handle. Others will see it as I do, a sick, twisted, sadistic, hilarious, and possibly EVIL treat of a horror film. I've seen it many times, Captain Spaulding, Otis, Baby, Grampa, Tiny, and others never cease to crack me up and satisfy my morbid sense of humor. The basic premise is typical horror stuff, but it's the underlying evil sense of humor that you either get or you don't that makes it work for me.
Bill, Jerry, Mary, and Denise are traveling across the country, writing a book about off-beat roadside attractions. When they come across Captain's Spaulding's Museum of Monsters and Madmen (Gasoline and Fried Chicken), they think they've hit the jackpot. The place is wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling with crazy memorabilia from the Fiji mermaid to masks of the Famous Monsters of Filmland. And to top it off, there's... the Murder Ride: a ride-through haunted tour showing vignettes of history's most notorious serial killers. It culminates with one of the area's "local heroes" - S. Quentin Quale, a.k.a. Doctor Satan.
Jerry decides he wants to see the tree where Doctor Satan was supposedly hanged, and they follow Captain Spaulding's crude map to the site. On…
Three things popped into my mind when I began watching Rob Zombie's House of a 1000 Corpses last night:
1) Last time I watched this was when it was in theaters back in 2003!
2) Has it really been 10 years since I've last seen this?!
3) Whoa, Rain Wilson is in this!
I remember liking this movie as a 16-year old teen and I think I enjoyed it even more as a twenty-something. The film is pretty much The Texas Chainsaw Massacre mixed with over-the-top characters and dark humor. Everything that Captain Spaulding did was gold.
Rob Zombie certainly knows the horror genre well, and he works with some of the best characteristics of a good horror to make his own. But the story was a little too fucked up and messy for me to enjoy it fully. It was one of those horrors that didn't scare me, just uncomfortably crept me out. The beginning and the end were the best parts, I felt, tying the film together well, but it all felt very similar to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, just with additional psychopaths.
Thoughts before the rewatch: It was obvious that Rob Zombie's appreciation of horror films was genuine and he wasn't faking it, but the real question was whether or not he had the talent to make one. Cutting his teeth on music videos for both White Zombie, as well as his own solo output, Zombie at least had some experience, even if a lot of it was merely appropriating a lot of currently existing material. But the graveyard of music video directors that failed to translate their skills to feature length is rather large, and especially for those who wind up in the horror genre. What could Zombie do to avoid falling down?
House of 1000 Corpses at the time did…
Well that was weird. It was gross and sick and terribly paced and strangely edited. But I think I liked it? I don't even know. I can't even write anything about it.
I liked seeing Rainn Wilson and Chris Hardwick be brutally murdered. Sherri Moon Zombie is weirdly hot and Captain Spaulding stole the entire film.
That's all I got. I need time to understand the weirdness of it all.