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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…
"Howdy Folks! You like blood? Violence? Freaks of nature? Well then, come on down to Captain Spaulding's Museum of Monsters and Mad-Men. See the Alligator Boy, ride my famous Murder Ride. Most of all, don't forget to take home some of my tasty fried chicken! Ha ha! It just tastes so damn good!"
I like Rob Zombie's style, but strangely enough, this movie didn't work for me. It had it's moments of inspired madness, but it's really uneven; to enjoy this movie, you really need to alternate between taking it seriously and laughing along with the bloody atmosphere, but the constant change of tone doesn't really work for a lot of it.
Furthermore, it doesn't nearly enough of Captain Spaulding, who is surely the best character of the film.
It's fun, it's brilliantly atmospheric at times and Rob Zombie's direction is distinct and memorable, but it all doesn't work together to make a satisfying film.
Awesome for the first ten minutes or so, then terrible for the next half hour, at which point I turned off.
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House of 1000 Corpses, the debut film by Rob Zombie, is the closest thing to a county-fair haunted mansion that's ever existed. It relies on the power of jump scares to make you first gasp, then giggle. Its narrative is constructed piecemeal in a series of disconnected scenes that relate only insofar as they all subscribe to the "backwoods-family-of-torture-cannibals" premise. More than anything, though, it works as a tribute to sideshows and carnival rides in that it's just not very scary. (Moist, maybe, but not spooky.)
That's hardly a negative thing, and in fact works in the film's favor more often than not. The first third is a riotously entertaining smorgasbord of silliness: the picture opens with a winking nod…
When I first watched this film, I had mixed feelings about it. What I now recognize as homage, I initially interpreted as derivative hackwork. I admired it very much upon a second viewing. Zombie is an inventive, strategic practitioner of pastiche style, leaping recklessly from exploitation to serious criticism (often during the course of a single scene). This might be the most experimental horror film in recent American cinema. It's an abrasive, kaleidoscopic rearrangement of generic tropes. Vibrant, depraved, and gutsy filmmaking.
While it possesses more visual distinctiveness than the mostly terrible films of the 70s and 80s it pays homage to, and I think the bad acting and staginess is supposed to be part of its appeal, it's still mostly annoying when it thinks it's trying to be edgy.
Not a perfect film by any stretch of the imagination. It definitely needs to be viewed in a similar fashion to how you view Fulci's work (i.e a liberal dose of "nightmare" logic applies). It's also a very visual film and a music videoesque homage to Texas Chainsaw Massacre 1 and 2. I quite like the intercuts of the talking heads with the firefly family, split screen, video filming, night vision filtering etc. I don't like the music choices on the soundtrack. I think the middle is rather flabby and it would work better if a couple of story arcs were omitted. At 40-50 minutes long it would work a lot better, be more tense and even terrifying! At this length it becomes perfect for some sort of anthology mix. I definitely enjoyed it more the 2nd time round
Occasionally comes across as too directionless or messy, but House of 1000 Corpses accurately foreshadows the excessive gore and incredible use of atmosphere to come in Rob Zombie's work.
One of the worst films I've unfortunately ever seen. It is not scary, it is just terrible. I love that Rob Zombie has a passion for horror films, I really do, good on him but he simply cannot direct a film because of his love and passion. His main problem is the writing of characters. Not every single character in every single film has to be overtly sexual and talk in the exact same manner. No one is different. This film isn't scary, the gore isn't any good, it's nonsensical and over the top with poor editing, terrible music choices and an attempt to be artistic by disrespecting cinematic grammar. It is truly awful and I really hate hating films but I really HATE this film.
Zombie's debut may actually be a comedy stretching out its punchline thin, in grand grotesque masquerade. More head-scratching than scary, I would've liked it as a silent film. C-
This movie gets a little better each time I watch it. Which is good, because I hated it the first time I saw it. The second time I thought it was only okay. This time, I can appreciate some of the original material that Rob Zombie brought to a directorial debut that was otherwise rife with obvious (and poor) homage. The Devils Rejects shines over this movie to such an extent it's absurd. I hope he makes something as good as The Devil's Rejects again some day... maybe one of the non-horror movies he has planned for the near future will be it.
- Le Samouraï
- Come and See
- The Third Man
- American Graffiti
- House of 1000 Corpses
- Fanny and Alexander
- La Strada
- Woman in the Dunes
- Night of the Living Dead
- Night of the Living Dead
- Dawn of the Dead
- Dawn of the Dead
- Day of the Dead
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