Oct 25: House of 1000 Corpses

This is a pretty disturbing film about a sadistic backwoods family. Who says family values are dead?


Before Viewing: I am aware of the film House of 1000 Corpses (2003) by reputation alone. It’s about a weird cannibal cult led by Sid Haig, as a strange clown. It’s directed by musician turned director Rob Zombie. And it’s probably responsible for the resurgence of exploitative splatter-horror films (also known as torture-porn) that include Hostel, Saw, and Wolf Creek. The title even seems to be an homage to Two-Thousand Maniacs (1965), and invokes the raw revulsion of titles like I Spit on Your Grave (1978).

The trailer makes it look like a hillbilly remake of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), but with a more wild style and panache. This is not the type of film I would normally gravitate towards, but I wanted to give this film and its sequel The Devil’s Rejects a chance due to the large cult following of the films.

Presented below is the Trailer for the film.

After Viewing: This film is really rough. There is really no redeeming characteristics to this film. Just 90 minutes of sadistic torture and brutal violence. It was a lot worse than I thought it was going to be.

My baby boy gets shy around new people, but he’ll warm up to you, especially the girls! He’s a real lady KILLER!” – Mother Firefly

Captain Spaulding owns a horror and terror museum, and takes a group of young visitors on the tour, which includes exhibits on two real-world killers and one fictional one. The kids decide that it’s cool to pick up a hitchhiker at night in the pouring rain. They are treated to the hospitality of the Firefly family, led by the psychopathic Otis.

I had been intending to watch the sequel to this film as well, but I don’t think I can stomach it. The level of mind-numbing gore and inhumanity is a lot to take. However, I can see where this film has gotten a cult following. Rob Zombie’s direction is fresh and different, using lots of strange cutaways and interstitials made up of old film or film shot to look old. The performances are also way over the top, and there’s a certain charisma to Otis and Captain Spaulding.

Unfortunately there is no way that I can really recommend this film. There’s not much of a plot, and the viewer knows that the kids are going to die long before it happens. The long road to their deaths is not something that is enjoyable or fun.  

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