Friday, October 31, 2014

House of 1000 Corpses (2003)


Director: Rob Zombie

Starring: Sig Haig, Karen Black, Bill Mosely

Run Time: 1:29

Rant: I'm not a fan of Rob Zombie. I don't think he's talentless but his style of horror is not my cup of tea. I try to forget his Halloween movies exist (we'll certainly get to them some day) and I'm not the biggest fan of The Devil's Rejects but I think House of 1000 Corpses is pretty good. For me it's his best.

So these four fucks are driving through Texas to write a book about bizarre shit in the south. They find "Captain Spaulding's Museum of Monsters and Madness" and Captain Spaulding tells them the legend of Dr. Satan. Eventually they run into a hitchhiker played by Sheri Moon Zombie. Fuck is she annoying. She tells them she knows how to find Dr. Satan but instead takes them to the Firefly family's house.

At it's core this is a stranger version of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre but instead of Leatherface there's a giant named Tiny. My problem with the movie is my problem with all of Rob Zombie's work. It's not fun. It tries very hard to be but it isn't. In the story the four idiots are tied up and tortured by the Firefly family. Then this girl's father goes out to try and find his missing daughter but ends up getting shot and killed. There's no reason to involve the father. There's no reason to show clips of he and his daughter at Christmas time and all that shit. It's not disturbing. It's not shocking. It's not scary. It just makes you want to turn the movie off. I think if Zombie tried to make a scary movie instead of a shocking movie he could do something special.

I like the ending a lot. It goes from a realistic torture movie to a really strange monster movie. If he cast someone else as Baby and didn't try so hard to be disturbing this would be a classic in my opinion. I'm sure a lot of people think it already is but I don't really give a shit. This is a decent awful horror movie.

Fun Fact: This movie was filmed in 2000 but wasn't released until 2003.

Horror Film: 6.5
Entertainment: 7.5
Gore: 7
Overall Rating: 6.8