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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.
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A who's-who and what's-what of humorous horror psychedelia, this film is very much a play on Hooper's two Texas Chain Saw films and pretty much plays as an effectively directed rehash of the second film. Rob Zombie is probably the closest we have to an heir to Hooper these days - and Hooper made some of the best films of all time. I am immensely excited to see where Zombie's career leads.
In Tobe Hooper’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre, the scenes around the dinner table with Sally tied to a chair and the manic family endlessly taunting her…(gulp) are terrifying!. What always bothers me about those scenes is their confused behaviour. If you look at the Father, he goes from mocking, shouting - to suddenly being aware of the madness, quietening down and looking perturbed, even frightened by it all - then the switch flips and he’s back to cursing again. It freaks me out just bringing it to mind but those small moments of humanity bring those scenes to ungodly life.
Director Rob Zombie attempts to replicate that vibe of terror for the entire duration of House of 1000 Corpses, and though…
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House of 1000 Corpses has a lot of things I always look forward to see in a film: it is a homage-filled exploitation movie with many pop culture references that spice the dialogue, there is enough gore, it is exciting and never loses its interest (even though the final act is a truly shameful disappointment), it has a fascinating oldschool appeal and there's a great passion behind the camera, it doesn't take itself too seriously (allowing the dark comedy to work) and it has great characters; the bad guys might be too over the top and silly for their own good, but the central victims are rather compelling with their nerdy talks and Captain Spaulding is…
House of 1000 Corpses is a horror film crossed with a music video crossed with a acid trip that manages to be enjoyable even though it sucks balls. While the bad outweighs the good I still found entertainment from a couple of the performances (Sid Haig being the standout), some funny lines, and a select few of the trippy directorial flourishes.
The first 15 minutes are so boss. Damn I want me some of Captain Spaulding's fried chicken. Sid Haig as the Captain almost makes me not hate clowns and Captain Spaulding is one of my favorite characters in film. Also Walton Goggins is so Shane / Boyd in a cameo as a doomed deputy. That is what I liked from the film. RZ tries some John Carpenter and Tobe Hooper homage, but the film only works when the Captain is in the house. Can someone say The Devil's Rejects please?
Love the freakshow elements and the characters but still dream of that mythical uncut release to help it all make sense.
A bit better than I remember, at least I enjoyed it more than I was expecting. For me, Zombie's style works way better when he's not adapting Halloween.
The insanity on display doesn't feel honest at all. The music video style editing and slick cinematography makes it feel manufactured. An annoying, and insufferably boring, mess of a film.
like a battle between TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE and TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2 reminiscent imagery; balancing the critical terror of the former and the exaggerated insanity of the latter. America’s morbid fascination with mortality as a psychedelic, unpredictable funhouse ride in which the truly twisted citizens of a backwoods America prod and torture these typical Americans who, ironically, likely find it as hard to look away as I do. completely unique and with expert horror momentum – especially for a first feature – Zombie is a student of cinema, horror and classic, who has the guts to disregard the conventions of anything he, or I, have ever seen.
Howdy Folks! You like blood? Violence? Freaks of nature? Well then, you'll love House of 1000 Corpses!
This is a trippy, 70s-slasher-esque kookfest. Rob Zombie rules. Bill Moseley is the man.
bill moseley ftw
Rob Zombie's first flick is reminiscent of a grungy art film you make with a few of your closest friends, because you want to stir up your reputation within the community. It's the most pivotal step to understanding what films the man himself was initially looking to put on the map. Spilling with raunchy humor, trashy, murderous hillbillies, and the lore of a local killer aptly named Dr. Satan, House of 1000 Corpses is as odd as it is creepy, and for what it's worth, it works.
Richtig schön kranker Thriller!
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