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House Of 1000 Corpses
Rob Zombie of metal band White Zombie directs and writes a homage to the '70s horror movies he loves and knows possibly a bit too well.

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Two young couples seek refuge in completely the wrong house - that of a scary, dark witchcraft-practising, cannibalistic family - in the back woods of America after their car breaks down.

It used to be that rock stars wanted to embarrass themselves by acting in films, but Rob Zombie of metal band White Zombie here takes ambition a step further by directing and writing a homage to the '70s horror movies he loves a tad too much. No scene in his debut feature is without some forgotten face of Z-cinema (Sid Haig of Spider Baby, Bill Moseley of Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Karen Black) and the deja-vu feeling of the whole kids-get-off-the-main-road-and-into-psycho-trouble is down to the fact that this is almost an identikit of Zombie's favourite films, with cuts from his record collection laid over them. Like kids sticking to the main roads in movies, audiences will be much better off sticking to the source material.

It's lively as incoherent rubbish goes, but in addition to being totally derivative, it feels like a pod movie - a perfect imitation of an existing being but without a heart or a mind of its own.

Reviewed by Kim Newman

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Criminally underrated - and suprisingly, made it onto EMPIRE's 100 scariest movies of all time.

This is one review too far, Emps. I'm SICK of shitty films being given four stars, ground-breaking films being given three or two stars... This film really is fantastic. It's just another great carnage movie that doesn't try to be anything BUT a B-Movie. How silly of Empire to try and look at it from another angle. ... More

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Posted by YouWillBeUnprepared at 00:39, 30 November 2012 | Report This Post

What a complete load of balls this movie is. I'm sorry but I'm just not a fan of Rob Zombie, at all, and God knows I've tried. Glad to see this on 1 star. ... More

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Posted by Whistler at 11:49, 19 October 2011 | Report This Post

Disjointed. And Dismembered.

Being a metal fan and a fan of Rob Zombie, I desperately wanted to like this abomination. But I am also a fan of film, so the following must be said: The film is shit. It's beyond shit. It's the brown residue that floats in water following a titanic porcelain-sploosh. It is, quite simply, one of the most cacophonous turd-residues to have ever been shat out. The script is ignorant drivel, the acting is weak as piss, the photography is filtered trash, the direction is uneducated and inconsistent, ... More

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Posted by blaud at 03:15, 02 February 2011 | Report This Post

Complete bollox!

A fucking awful movie. Just like The Devils Rejects which followed it, it tried to hard to shock and fails bigtime! And I really wish Rob would desist on putting Sherri Moon Zombie into his films, she is a fucking shockingly bad actress. I have read that filming has begun on H2: Halloween 2. After the complete arse that was the first one of rob zombies remakes, I am surprisingly not weeing myself in excitement!! ... More

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Posted by tallaght24 at 18:09, 22 March 2009 | Report This Post


Really incoherant, but amusing and morbid at the same time ... More

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Posted by blaud at 13:08, 25 February 2008 | Report This Post


Not a very good film, has its moments, particulary the black faced clown man at the begining who was some what entertaining, but other than that was plainly boring as it suffered from what i like to call "Tim Burton syndrome" as it spends more time yelling "Hey look at us, arn't we zany and different" than anything else. ... More

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Posted by The Kevmiester at 23:57, 28 May 2007 | Report This Post

House of 1000 Corpses

There seems to be a growing cult following for this, and I'm among them, its not got the class of The Devils Rejects, but is entertaining all the same. Some twisted humour and gory killings, with great OTT performances. Rob Zombie has genuine potential as a horror flick director, and has come up with some great dialogue (the bigger the cushion, the harder the pushin). Captain Spaulding for President! ... More

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Posted by zombiewarehouse at 17:25, 07 March 2007 | Report This Post

people are to harsh

Lots of people keep saying this is a bad movie but i thought it was great. Everything i love was there and more and Captain Spaulding is great. Watch it if your a horror fan cos it is not as bad as it is made out to be. ... More

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Posted by OMGWTFBBQ at 17:55, 04 July 2006 | Report This Post

This is a great film!

With crazy music which totally doesn't but does fit the genre of this film 1000 corpses is a brilliant film. However i do have to say that the Devil's Rejects is much much better and if you see this film you must see the Devil's Rejects. ... More

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Posted by paukydavey at 14:40, 31 March 2006 | Report This Post

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