House of 1,000 Corpses (2003) Movie Review

House of 1,000 Corpses (2003)

2003 | R | Horror
89 minutes /

User Score: 71/100

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House of 1,000 Corpses Review


Two teenage couples traveling across the backwoods of Texas searching for urban legends of murder end up as prisoners of a bizarre and sadistic backwater family of serial killers.

I’ve been a huge Rob Zombie/White Zombie fan since I was a kid, and after I learned that Rob was making a horror movie I was very, very excited. After many delays, the movie finally came out, and to my disappointment, it wasn’t playing anywhere near me. So, I didn’t get the chance to see this movie on the big screen. However, I happily received the DVD for Christmas.

The movie is basically Texas Chainsaw Massacre with a few new twists. Sid Haig is fucking awesome as Captain Spaulding, as well as Bill Moseley (who played Chop-Top in Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2) as the twisted Otis. Rob’s girlfriend, Sheri Moon, steals the show however.

The story is basically about a few teenagers on the road decide to stop at Captain Spaulding’s to check out his infamous Murder Ride. Spaulding tells them about the towns legend of Dr. Satan, and writes the kids a map to Dr. Satan’s grave. Your typical Texas Chainsaw Massacre-type movie where the kids stumble into the home of a bunch of psychos. I enjoyed the movie until the final few scenes, when the main character, Denise, encounters Dr. Satan. Watching this for the first time, I was pretty lost, but now I understand it all. The music and the final battle scene are pretty cheesy and pretty much ruin the movie for the most part.

However, as a whole, this movie is the fucking shit. I really, really enjoyed it. Zombie’s directing style reminded me alot of Oliver Stone’s style in "Natural Born Killers", using random images, and making it pretty cartoony. It’s great to see a brutal horror movie come out in an age where "I Know What You Did Last Summer" is in the list of teen’s favorite horror movies.

My favorite thing about the movie is that everybody fucking dies. Zombie makes it so you really dislike the characters, especially the one cop, and you end up routing for them to get slaughtered. My favorite scene in the movie is when Denise’s father finds the girls all tied up and mangled in the shed, and Slim Whitman’s "I Remember You" starts playing. In slow motion, Otis kills both the father and the obnoxious cop (that’s the best scene in the fucking movie, the stretched out execution scene).

I think it’s awesome that Zombie resurrected the horror greats Sid Haig, Bill Moseley and Karen Black for this film, and put them back to work. "House of 2,000 Corpses" just can’t come quick enough, I can’t wait for this sequel. "House of 1,000 Corpses" is highly recommended to people who enjoy a little twisted carnage and humor!

About House of 1,000 Corpses (2003)

Title: House of 1,000 Corpses
AKA: House of 1000 Corpses
Year: 2003
Runtime: 89 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.55/5 stars from 14 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 14
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Bill Moseley, Sid Haig, Sheri Moon Zombie, Rainn Wilson, Tom Towles, Jake McKinnon, Judith Drake, Walton Goggins, Walter Phelan, Matthew McGrory, David Reynolds, Bob Pepper, William Bassett, Harrison Young, Rob Zombie, Robert Allen Mukes, Dennis Fimple, Chad Bannon, Karen Black, Jennifer Jostyn, Chris Hardwick, Irwin Keyes, Freddy Waff, Erin Daniels, Joe Dobbs III, Gregg Gibbs, Ken Johnson, Irvin Mosley Jr., Michael J. Pollard, Samantha Larsen
Writers: Rob Zombie
Director: Rob Zombie

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