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House of 1000 Corpses (2003) ★★★

House of 1000 Corpses


The most shocking tale of carnage ever seen.

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.


Backing up to the dawn of Rob Zombie’s directing career. House of 1000 Corpses is a movie that I can’t say I loved, but it’s hard not to find awe in the originality displayed. The backwater, hillbilly cast of antagonists with the grungy way it’s filmed bring a lot to the table. However, the movie feels like a pieced together film. It’s hard to submerge yourself into anything but the aesthetics and novelty. The characters are annoying, the death scenes rather meaningless. This movie is more art than story-based film. And the horror really takes a back seat to the freakshow. Unlike later Rob Zombie movies like 31 where the fusion of art and story provide for a far more horrific experience.

But then most Rob Zombie films generally have that one horrific element that keeps me awake at night: that piercing, horrible sing-songy cackle emitted by Sheri Moon Zombie.

Rating: ★★★

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