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House of 1000 Corpses (2003)

R 88 minutes

Directed by Rob Zombie
Written by Rob Zombie

 · Chad Bannon
 · Sid Haig
 · William Bassett
 · Karen Black

Review by Thom Stricklin

As a bit of a horror fan, I was looking forward to this film. I'd heard so much great stuff about it, how Rob Zombie had intended it as an homage to classic horror films, but in the process created a film that surpassed all others.

Man, was I disappointed. The title of House of 1000 Corpses is also an apt description of the film's effect on the attention span of its audience. I don't know why, but I expected more from Rob Zombie.




Is there anything to praise about this film? I can't praise the plot, because it doesn't seem to decide on one. I can't praise character development, because there is none. The most I could praise is the cinematography... The film actually looks pretty good, or bad, or whatever the desired effect is supposed to be.




Have I ever rated a film this low in Popcorn? I think this is my lowest thusfar. Perhaps I'm desensitized or something, but I didn't find this film shocking or scary or thrilling or anything I expect of a horror film. Sure, it's got lots of blood and guts, and it might make you squirm a bit, but it's out of sheer disgust. The only part of the film that entertained me was the bald clown guy at the beginning. He offered quite a few laughs. But, I'm not sitting in a movie called House of 1000 Corpses to laugh at a balding clown. That's what The Simpsons are for.



You know, there seems to be a faction of horror fans that would vehemently disagree with everything I'm telling you here. So, if you're big on horror flicks, give the movie a chance for yourself. Wait for the DVD and rent it. I wouldn't buy it if I were you, unless you like to collect the worst films of all time. It might fit well in the collection.

317 Words Published: 8 May 2003

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