House of 1000 Corpses

House of 1000 Corpses ★★★★

Pure fun from beginning to end, I was almost tempted to give it a 4.5. I really don't understand the hate, it's certainly a mashup/remix of several older horror films but most people adore Tarantino for doing the same thing. Despite its big budget, this has the same dirty, cobbled together feel of 70s and 80s grindhouse, something which Tarantino has always been too slick for. It's better shot than most of Zombie's other films too - it really feels like a 70s flick visually, though it alternates between slicker and more exploitation-y cinematography.
Zombie isn't particularly good at dialogue, but there are some snappy lines and he has a genuine knack for the grotesque and a wacky, unhinged vision of America that's very much his own. Captain Spaulding cements his place in the pantheon of American horror icons despite his fairly limited screen time, and it's wonderful seeing Karen Black, Bill Moseley and Tom Towles getting a chance to shine again. <House of 1000 Corpses is a baroque, supremely entertaining riot of a film, definitely one of the highlights of 2000s horror. Highly recommended, although not for everyone.

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