VIDEO: House of 1000 Corpses (2003)

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How many corpses are in that house really? The Count takes a look at House of 1000 Corpses, directed by rock star Rob Zombie and starring Sid Haig, Bill Moseley, Sherrie Moon and Rainn Wilson.

Updated on May 10, 2014 with Part Two! Watch it and take yo momma home some chicken!

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  • MichaelANovelli

    The perfect subject for you, Jack!

  • Jackie

    Some parts of this movie still creep me out, especially the scene under the graveyard. It always felt like a demented take on Alice in Wonderland to me. With nazi-esque experiments thrown in.

    • Jack Shen

      Well, you’re not wrong about that.

  • Moppet

    We don’t like them for the reasons you said, but was it intentional? The movie seems to like anyone but our supposed protagonists in the first place, and, given where the sequel goes, it’s never been hard for me to believe this was the case. Still, I suppose it could just as easily be that Rob realized the more colorful characters were just more interesting to follow, thus the sequel, as another way of looking at it. Maybe. To me the first one always felt right, that he always was more interested in the colorful characters, just based off what I know about Rob Zombie. Captain Spaulding alone commands more presence and I can’t ever imagine that was by some mistake, and not simply because he was introduced first. I really felt like he was introduced first because he was legitimately who were meant to connect to, along with the family.

    Your videos are never close enough together, it’s always good to see one up, they’re always fun and enjoyable. Thank you for keeping at it.

    • Jack Shen

      The answer to the intention seems to be 50/50. The commentary doesn’t specifically say, but Zombie obviously understands that the four college students are hateful. My take is that he didn’t intend for them to be unlikable, but once in the editing room, he noticed it and ran with it.

      • Moppet

        Makes enough sense to me, if it works, roll with it. Thank you again for another lovely video.

  • danbreunig

    Captain Spaulding = best Sig Haig character since Dragos.

    And just the intro–it’s Dr. Rockso meets Tex Hex! Can’t wait to see part 2 of this review, Dear Count.

    • MichaelANovelli

      Tex Hex? Might ye be a BraveStarr fan?

  • Muthsarah

    Seriously? Not a single reference to how many characters in this movie are named directly after characters portrayed by Groucho Marx? “Captain Spaulding”? “Rufus T. Firefly”?

    Sure, Wiki-as-it-is-today claims that it’s a “subtle” reference. I’d say it’s about as subtle as a modern rom-com with the leads named “Rick” and “Ilsa”. So blatant, it MUST be addressed, or else scandalous ignorance is to be assumed on all involved.

    Or don’t all of us kids today be up on our Marx Brothers? As we oughta be. Or, Mr. Count, do you assume all of your viewers would already be so familiar with comedy of the 1930s that it should go without saying?

    Kids today should be edumacated better. If you’re gonna bring up these vids, you gotta do your part, Mr. Count.

    DIRECT QUESTION/NOTTECHNICALLYAQUESTION: I haven’t seen a horror film since “The Conjuring” (which I loved, and saw twice, and placed at #4 of my films of 2013 list). Name three horror films, and before I post here again, I will have seen one of them. I swears.

    • The Horror Guru

      Muth, I’d wait for part 2 before you assume he never mentions it. =P

      • Muthsarah

        I needn’t thusly do’th it so, Good Sir Guru. ‘Twas too gross in one’s senses, thus ’twere so obvious. Deserved’th. Thus’illy’did’t. And such vaguely Early Modern English’ve’t and such. Two-parters need not save all their context-ful notes-of-thine-foot for the end. Explain they must their inception. Verily! If one internet content provider were to suggest that….oneself were not… to…misunderestimate’th one’s audience. Pray, speak of one’s references. Or whatever. Forsooth! This has gotten well out-of-the-handes. I blame the day of Freyja, and the blessings of Dionysus, for ’tis the day of merry-making.

        OK, enough of the willfully stupid. I am not one who would wish to overly-judgmentalize on anyone (though I wouldn’t be surprised to hear otherwise), but I nonetheless feel my comments/questions are of merit. I do assume the good Count is aware of what he speaks. And yet… screams to me every time he speaks of it and yet does not place it in its proper, historically-earned, context. Does he underestimate his audience, or does he simply not care? The Gospel of Groucho should be taught in schools.

  • $36060516

    I haven’t seen the movie, but wasn’t a fan of the over-the-top “psycho” acting by the killers in the clips from the film. I didn’t feel like I was watching genuinely scary and unhinged people but normal, well-adjusted city folk trying too hard to be scary hillbillies. I guess it could just be intended as camp/John Waters eccentricity where theatrical acting and dialogue is the intent, but that’s never been a style I’ve really appreciated. Just a taste thing, most likely.

    No offense intended to everyone who loves the movie, especially you, Jackula!

    • MichaelANovelli

      Haven’t met many real psychos, I guess. Lucky you. ^_^

      • $36060516

        I had a pretty horrific experience with one of them who did a lot to ruin my early 20s. Wasn’t a murderer, granted, just a paranoid, delusional, and sociopathic criminal at my first job.

        My perception could of course be wrong. Just saying how I perceived what I saw in relation to human behavior I’ve observed over the course of my life, perceptions taken from watching documentaries about people with mental problems violent and otherwise, and watching and reading about various styles of acting in film and television. Definitely not an expert in any of the above by a long shot!

        • MichaelANovelli

          Well, there are many strings in the harp of psychosis. But, they all make a beautiful, crazy symphony…

          • $36060516

            Nice metaphor!

          • MichaelANovelli

            I try. ^_^

  • The_Stig

    I actually like this movie and think it’s one hell of a directorial debut, but one thing that’s always stood out to me about Rob Zombie was that for someone who claims to be a horror fanboy, he doesn’t seem to get how horror movies actually work. He’s got directing chops, he really really does but he’s a real mixed bag as an auteur. When he gets it right, he nails it. When he misses he misses by a mile.

    At least he knows what he’s good at. White trash, camera-fucking his wife and the 70’s.

  • Alexa

    Man I used to mix this movie up, just by title alone, with House of the Dead. And I may not be big on Rob Zombie, nor horror, but I feel so bad just for that mistake. I am sorry for ever slightly comparing the two. May not like his directing choices, especially with his remake of Halloween, but Rob Zombie is friggin’ Kubirck in comparison to Boll.

    Also I remember the first Sid Haig movie I ever watched, it was that Lambada movie from the early 90s. And he’s scary in that movie as well, since he tries to dance. So terrifying….O_O

  • Endorenna

    Okay, I’ve gotta ask…what is the name of the font you used in “5 minutes later?” I’d love to look it up.

    Anyways! Interesting note on the character introduction sequence relating to how much we like or dislike characters. I’ve never quite noticed that before, but now I’ll have to keep it in mind. ^_^

    Good review, very detailed, which I like, especially for movies like this (i.e. movies that are good, but ones I’ll probably never watch because they’re not really my thing). Out of curiosity, are you planning to review the sequel as well? I read the synopsis of both this movie and the sequel on Wikipedia a while back, but as usual with Wikipedia entries, the synopsis of the first one did not do the movie justice, and I’m pretty sure the second doesn’t either. ;)

  • The Horror Guru

    Part 2 is the best thing ever.

  • Moppet

    The crazy homeless guy so nice, Jack used him twice. Flaws and all, I do enjoy this one. Nothing new to add, still love it, not gonna stop.

  • John Wilson

    I think this is my favorite Rob Zombie movie. I love the craziness and the fun. I feel like “devil Rejects” miss what made “House” good. The “Halloween” remakes never worked for me. And “Lords of Salem”, while might be his most polished movie, still misses the fun.