Notable Cast: Bill Moseley, Sid Haig, Sheri Moon Zombie, Karen Black, Rainn Wilson, Chris Hardwick, Jennifer Jostyn, Erin Daniels, Tom Towles
With the release of Rob Zombie's latest film happening, I felt it was time to revisit his previous films for review. So naturally I went back to his break through film "House Of 1000 Corpses." As a long time Zombie fan (been listening to him as a musician for years prior to the release of this film), I was stoked when this film came out. The guy obviously knows his horror past and I wanted to know what he could deliver as the future of horror. Turns out his debut film is a mixture of both and one that exemplifies style over substance...not always in the good ways.
When two couples, on a road trip through the back roads of America, stumble upon a roadside attraction run by Capt. Spaulding (Haig) they learn about the mystery of Dr. Satan and decide to go visit the tree he was hung on. The backwoods family that finds them though may have other plans for Halloween night...
|Life is a highway, I wanna ride it all night long.|
|His weird white sideburns freak me out a little...|
Is "House Of 1000 Corpses" fun? Absolutely. It's ripe with some over-the-top black humor and it's memorable for all of its homages. Ultimately though it is also quite the hollow film experience and lacks the logic and depth needed to work. As a debut film, it carries a distinctive Zombie stamp to it, but it could have been stronger overall.
Written By Matt Reifschneider