Ryan’s review published on Letterboxd:
I wasn't a fan of the films dialogue nor of it's homage feel upon my first viewing. I genuinely detested it at first. It’s easy to label it as a complete ripoff. It borrows ideas from about a dozen different movies… but somehow, it really grows on you. The whole film is one extended nod to past classics, and somehow most of it really works.
It struggles mightily with its tone and visual aesthetic. This is Zombie still finding his voice during his transition into film, and the parts of it that do click work well enough. The grainy cut-away scenes are brilliant, but the use of inverse colours in others are awful, a real eye sore.
My new overall impression of House of 1000 Corpses is that it's a rather fun watch. Campy, Gory and fun, like an hour and a half Zombie music video.