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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Rob Zombies' House of 1000 Corpses a Movie Review

Rob Zombies' House of 1000 Corpses
Everyone I know has very strong feelings about Rob Zombie; especially House of 1000 Corpses. Rob Zombies début film has polarized many horror fans. I don’t think there is a ‘grey area’ when it comes to Zombies’ movies. House of 1000 Corpses is a throwback to exploitation horror films of the 1970’s. Instead of being just another cheesy homage this movies steeped in everything 70’s. Zombie himself seems to have a love/hate relationship with the 70’s. This movie suffers from an identity crisis; much like Rob Zombie music it’s a blend of many elements. However unlike his music it quickly becomes a chaotic mess. Then again this might have been Zombies intention all along. There is some very strange editing reminiscent of Natural Born Killers but unlike that movie it seems very out-of-place.

**Spoiler Alert! If You haven't seen this movie yet... Proceed at your own risk!**

House of 1000 Corpses
The movie starts off like your typical horror movie; four college kids on a road trip soon find themselves in trouble. These kids are making a documentary about strange roadside attractions and they end up in the strangest of the strange; Captain Spaulding’s gas station and fried chicken. This gas station is a roadside museum of famous serial killers. This gas station also has a make-shift theme park featuring the ‘Murder Ride’. The star of the show is a notorious local serial murderer called Doctor Satan.  Dr. Satan as told by Captain Spaulding was a surgeon at he local mental hospital. He performed illegal and forbidden brain surgery on the patients in order to create a race of ‘super humans’. He was apparently found out and hunted down and hung by local vigilantes. But his body mysteriously disappeared and he believed to still be alive. This is enough to inspire the group of kids to go on a hunt of their own. Who is this mysterious Doctor Satan? That doesn't really matter as soon you enter the titular House of 1000 Corpses. The plot takes a swan dive; everything established before gets thrown out the window. We as the viewer aren't supposed to care as this isn't just a movie about a killer doctor; it’s about an entire family of inbred maniac hillbillies.

House of 1000 Corpses is by no means an easy to watch movie. Like the late Stanley Kubrick, Rob Zombie is relentless and doesn't hold anything back. Zombie likes to take the viewer to the edge; just when you think it’s safe to let your guard down *wham* you get kicked over the edge. The members of the inbred Firefly family are a nasty bunch. The house is littered with dead bodies as if they are nothing more than children’s toys. Otis even uses body parts to make taxidermy sculptures. There is also a very unpleasant scene where Otis wears one of the victims face like a Halloween mask.

Captain Spaulding's Murder Ride
This movie is hard to relate to as there are no likable characters anywhere in sight. I found it very difficult to connect to this movie; who are we supposed to root for the college kids or the crazy hillbilly family? This movie spends more time on the crazy antics of the hillbilly family. The college kids are quickly disposed of as is anyone who comes to their rescue. The only character I enjoyed watching was Captain Spaulding; who is a sick perverted clown. Legendary character actor Sid Haig plays Spaulding and he chews up any scene he’s in. sadly Captain Spaulding is only in the beginning of this movie. Bill Mosely is Otis the creepiest of the Firefly family. Rob Zombies’ wife Sheri Moon plays the perpetually annoying ‘baby’ she is kind of like your best friends little sister. She tries being sexy but ends up being nothing more than a tag-along.  There are many other members of the creepy family but none of them are on-screen long enough to care about.

Captain Spaulding
The movie takes yet another huge left turn when Denise (played by the then 30-year-old Erin Daniels) the only surviving college kid is thrown into a hole in the ground.  Did this just suddenly become a horror version of Alice in Wonderland? She wanders through creepy tunnels only to come along the aforementioned Dr. Satan’s lair. I have come to believe this entire scene is a hallucination of Denise’s. She was tortured to her breaking point and has become temporarily insane. This whole sequence seems way out-of-place and tacked on to an already confusing movie. Fortunately Rob Zombie realized this for the sequel and any traces of this Dr. Satan subplot has been removed; he said " leave DrSatan in the final film, would be like putting Chewbacca in Bonnie & Clyde."  Unfortunately for us we aren't watching the sequel; we are stuck in this crazy lair with Denise. She gets out just as quickly as she's thrown down the hole. She stumbles her way down a country road hoping for rescued. I won’t tell you more you are just going to have to watch for yourself. 
Dr, Satan: House of 1000 Corpses

Rating:   I liked this Movie, but I wanted to LOVE it!!!

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