House of 1000 Corpses

A Film Review By Jason L. King

Rating:Rated R for excessive violence, gore and language 
Starring: No one the world really cares about 
Directed By:Rob Zombie 

Final Grade: 

Blood, Guts and Gore. These three simple components are all that are needed in order to make a horror film. With enough blood, guts and gore you can use shock value to pull your film from scene to scene and make people continue to watch it. Box Office Boredom’s hero, Christopher Walken, once said “Evil in the movies can be kind of funny.” What Walken was trying to say is people like to be scared by movies. And others find what is supposed to be scary so ludicrous it’s funny. So there you have it, the success of every horror flick wrapped up into one phrase by Walken…

Rob Zombie, the famed metal rocker after years of searching, finally found a home for his movie, House of 1000 Corpses. The film was originally going to be released by Miramax films, but was dumped when it was very close to an NC-17 rating, and Rob Zombie didn’t want to tone it down a bit. Zombie’s goal was to make a film that relied on shock value, satanic rituals and blood and guts to scare everyone on the face of the planet. Did he do it? That’s still up for debate.

The story is simplistic, but every horror film really is. A bunch of kids are traveling across the country and their car breaks down near an old house in the middle of nowhere. The inhabitants of the house however, are a strange family who tortures and kills their guests during bizarre Halloween rituals.

Yes kids, it really is that dumb. I’m not sure which I was more offended by, the vulgararity or the fact that I watched it. The plot was worse than most horror films, and the acting, the ideas and pretty much the whole film isn’t even really worth dwelling on for more than one second. It can be summed up as pointless, ridiculous and worthless. The only thing the film does have going for it was an interesting style when it came to set design, make-up and shock value. But unless you are a true “Zombie” fan, even then you don’t really even appreciate that. Zombie likes to use the bizarre to enhance his music videos and in this case his film, and it shows through in House of 1000 Corpses.

All in all, I’m not going to waste time trying to critique this flick any further. It just doesn’t deserve it. It was such a corny horror flick, that it was almost funny in parts, and yet overall kept a “creepy vibe” as well. But if you want decent horror flicks check out some of the older late 70’s early 80’s horror flicks like Texas Chainsaw Massacre (House of 1000 Corpses is supposedly Zombie’s Tribute to that film). Just don’t waste your time and money on House of 1000 Corpses. Lion’s Gate Films did, and they are probably still kicking themselves for it…why should you join them? 

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